Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Venue
Sandglass Theater

Sandglass Theater is a renowned theater company specializing in combining puppets with music, actors, and visual imagery. Since 1982, the company’s productions have toured internationally in nearly 30 countries, performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions and winning numerous international prizes.

Sandglass Theater produces works for both adult audiences and young audiences—two repertoires that tour separately and together. Sandglass also performs and teaches in its own 60-seat renovated barn theater in Putney, Vermont. Sandglass Theater is available for workshops and residencies and teaches a 2-week intensive training program each summer.

Sandglass is dedicated to the arts of theater and puppetry as means of exploring contemporary issues, inspiring dialogue, and sparking wonder — by creating original ensemble performances and collaborations, presenting diverse theater artists, producing events that serve our communities, and teaching our art.

Additional Links: 
Excerpts from Babylon: Journeys of Refugees. Video by Willow O'Feral
A preview for Rock the Boat
Excerpts from When I Put On Your Glove. Video by Willow O'Feral
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 2017

    This festival presented a performance of When I Put On Your Glove and a workshop for adults in Making puppettheater from personal testimony and social injustice.

  • March 2017

    Sandglass Theater gave six performances of our children's program Punschi at the Puppet Showplace.

  • January 2017

    Symphony Space presented Sandglass' Punschi as part of their children's series: Just Kidding.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Eric
Job Title/Position: 
Co-Artistic Director
Fax: 
802-387-4051
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 970
Putney, VT 05346
Physical Address: 
17 Kimball Hill Road
Putney, VT 05346
Last Name: 
Bass
Phone: 
802-387-4051

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1982
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
French
German
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: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters
National Performance Network
Awards: 
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: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$15,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

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
Adults

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Sandglass Thetaer
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346
Venue Phone: 
(802)387-4051
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dressing room(s)
Exhibition walls
Fly space
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
60
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$100
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
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.