The Jim Henson Foundation’s International Festivals of Puppet Theater played a pivotal role in building and growing the field of contemporary puppet theater for adults in the United States. Bringing the most innovative puppet theater from around the world to New York City, they helped raise awareness about puppetry as a serious art form.
Join us for a panel in which Leslee Asch and Cheryl Henson discuss the Henson Festivals and Leslee’s book Out of the Shadows: The Henson Festivals and Their Impact on Contemporary Puppet Theater. The panel also features Nehprii Amenii, Federico Restrepo, and Richard Termine, who will all add their unique perspectives on the Festivals and the subsequent developments in the field of puppetry.
Leslee Asch and Cheryl Henson will be available for a book signing immediately following the panel.
Cover Design by Laura Case
Photo by Richard Termine from Mabou Mines' Peter and Wendy
La MaMa Puppet Festival
The La MaMa Puppet Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, focusing on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community.