Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
No Strings Marionette Company

Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson's traveling stage transforms any space into an intimate theater, where the seamless blend of movement, music and masterful manipulation captivates young and old alike. With puppeteers in full view, the audience sees how the puppets are brought to life. These Vermont artisans lovingly hand craft the marionettes, props and scenery, whether for an original tale or an adaptation of a classic. Titles currently available are Bully For The Three Big Pigs, Wasabi A Dragon's Tale, Treasure Hunt, Handsome and Gretel, The Snowmaiden, Jack and the Beanstalk, Nick of Time, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Hobbit and Scrooge, A Christmas Carol.
Shows begin with an interactive song featuring audience members, and finish with demonstrations sparked by the audiences' curious questions. Once the mind believes there are no strings...this realm becomes real...and the Adventure begins!

Residencies and workshops range from a puppet-making session to multi-day events where students stage their own shows. We accompany students on a journey to connect with their own creative self while considering how their creation will engage with the wider world. A process of discovery that strengthens each artists’ skills at becoming intrinsically motivated, self-activated, self-assessing thinkers and creators.
At the onset of a project the seed for our long-term goal is planted: you are going to design and create a puppet that you will bring to life for an audience.
Always considering the audience fosters a connection to this being that will embody consciousness. How it looks and moves is a reflection of the puppeteer, and that notion seeps to raise each puppeteer’s personal standard of excellence.

Form versus function in puppet making is a way to explore and control creative decision making. The maker’s creativity can be unleashed, but the puppet needs to be able to function, to move like the creature of your intent. There is a chance to try out new ideas, and reject them if they don’t suit the overall goal. Students gain the valuable experience of trying out ideas until they work. Habit of persistence. Be brave, problem solve, put yourself out there. Get over the notion of perfection.

Puppetry residencies takes a lot of grit to navigate, and there is nothing more rewarding than sensing the pride new puppeteers feel when their audience responds to them, whether in surprise, suspense, laughter or applause.
I’ve been told that my enthusiasm for puppetry and joy of sharing my art form engages and excites the student puppeteers. Their thank you letters show they learn to to trust in their own creative instincts, have the persistence to see their vision through, and most of all, have fun during the process.

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I Have Worked With

  • March 2017

    No Strings entertained the Barre Opera House family audience with a performance of "Wasabi, A Dragon's Tale" .

  • March 2017

    No Strings entertained Hoo Stop family audiences  with "Wasabi, A Dragon's Tale" at both their Claremont and Hanover New Hampshire locations .

  • February 2017

    Pacem School is an intellectually inspiring, joyful learning community in Montpelier, VT. It is a state-approved, full-time independent 6th - 12th grade school, and in addition, they offer coursework and extra-curricular support to homeschoolers age 10-18.  No Strings offered a seven week after school workshop with Pacem Students and Homeschoolers aged 10 to 15 that explored the life and legacy of Vermont Pioneer ann Story. Students collaborated to create the script based on historical events, created large scale foam head rod puppets, recorded a soundtrack, rehearsed, and put on a public performance during Pacem's Night of the Arts on February 16, 2017.

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Barbara
Job Title/Position: 
Puppeteer / Teaching Artist / Operations Manager
Physical Address: 
Randolph, VT 05060
Last Name: 
Paulson
Phone: 
877-787-4641
TTY Phone: 
802 728-5529

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Playwriting
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
1997
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Manufacturing / Fabrication
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
164
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
N/A
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
A clear, level cube of space measuring 18 feet wide, by 12 feet deep with a 9 foot unobstructed ceiling height.
Two 20 amp electrical outlets within 25 feet of the stage.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$700
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,800
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
3

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$750