Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
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

  • March 2015

    Sandglass Theater presented Crabgrass Puppet Theatre with their newest piece, African Adventure Tales, in our annual Winter Sunshine series. A series devoted to presenting high quality puppetry and theater for young audiences. 

  • January 2015

    Columbia College of Chicago | Center for Community Arts Partnerships presented Sandglass Theater's D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

  • December 2014

    Puppet Showplace Theater presented Sandglass Theater's Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller with their performance of Punschi at their Boston's First Night Celebration, held at the Heinz Convention Center.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist
  • Venue

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Co-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
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
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: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

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.