Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Sandglass Theater

Sandglass Theater is driven by a dedication to artistic excellence in the productions of the core ensemble and by a spirit of inclusivity in the presentation of diverse guest artists and community events. Sandglass is inspired by a love of puppetry and live performance, engagement with local and international community, and respect for audience.

Our mission is to sustain an artist-driven theater with an emphasis on advancing the development of puppetry as a unique and unusual theater form that embodies the human experience. Sandglass creates new work, engages in challenging collaborations, presents thought-provoking and responsible art, hosts other artists to promote the art of puppetry and expose our audiences to diverse styles and traditions, teaches our process and traditions, and cultivates a fire to create and to keep on creating.

Additional Links: 
A PhotoBooth project that captures responses to the piece.
6 minute excerpts from Sandglass' award winning piece about the creative capacity of people living with dementia.
Sandglass Theater's Eric Bass performs excerpts from his award-winning solo puppet piece, Autumn Portraits.
Stories of Refugees
a collection of delightful and compelling short puppet pieces in Punschi. Perfect for kids and adults alike
A piece about belonging, memory and inter-generational dialogue.

I Have Worked With

  • July 2018

    When I Put On Your Glove, a solo show by Shoshana Bass, played during the Fools Fury Festival in San Francisco, CA July 9 - 15.

  • April 2018

    Sandglass Theater's children's show, Punschi played at Skirball Culteral Center in Los Angeles, CA as part of it west coast tour.

  • March 2018

    Babylon was in residency at Portland Ovations center for the arts in Portland, ME from January 27 - March 6.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist
  • Venue

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 970
Putney, VT 05346
Physical Address: 
17 Kimball Hill Road
Putney, VT 05346
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Venue Rental
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters
National Performance Network
Sandglass Theater has won numerous awards over the years,
Including 6 citations of Excellence from UNIMA
Best Direction, for D-Generation at the 2013 Puppeteers of America festiaval
Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass received the 2010 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the state of Vermont.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Sandglass Theater is a wheelchair accessible facility and offers sign language interpretation on request. We welcome people of all abilities and strive to provide programs that are inclusive and accessible to all.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Requirements vary, depending on show
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Sandglass Thetaer
Venue Type: 
Venue Address: 
17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dressing room(s)
Exhibition walls
Fly space
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
Trained Crew Available
Additional Comments: 
Sandglass Theater rents to a variety of groups, including musical acts, small theater companies, and spoken word performers. We also make our facilities available for one and two week long residencies to performers or companies wishing to develop work.