Nov 2, 2023
Nov 18, 2023

2023 La MaMa Puppet Festival

Denise Greber, Director and Curator of La MaMa Puppet Festival
Federico Restrepo, Producing Director of La MaMa Puppet Festival

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Puppetry has been an integral part of La MaMa’s programming since 1962, when our founder Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. Ellen recognized puppetry as an art form that exists across world cultures in many different forms. Despite the cultural specificity and variety of these forms, she saw a universal magic in bringing inanimate objects to life. By setting objects in motion, puppet artists can penetrate linguistic and cultural barriers to tell stories that are  accessible to audiences around the world. Bringing international puppet artists together leads to innovation, experimentation, and increased awareness of puppetry as a sophisticated art form.

Throughout our history, La MaMa has presented many notable puppet artists, including: Ping Chong, Vit Horejs, Ralph Lee, Tom Lee, Mabou Mines,Federico Restrepo, Jane Catherine Shaw, Theodora Skipitares, and Julie Taymor. In 1996, 1998 and 2000, La MaMa hosted the Henson International Festivals of Puppet Theater, created by the Jim Henson Foundation, which have been instrumental in supporting puppet artists everywhere. In 2004, we introduced the La MaMa Puppet Series, a biannual festival showcasing new contemporary puppet theatre. Since then, La MaMa has produced ten puppet festivals, curated by Denise Greber.

November 2 – 12, 2023 | La MaMa Galleria
By Dan Hurlin

Thursday – Sunday from 1–7PM
Opening: Thursday, November 2 at 6PM

November 2 – 5, 2023 | Ellen Stewart Theatre
Sounding the Resonant Path
Puppetry and design by Tom Lee
Music by Ralph Samuelson, Perry Yung, Tatsu Aoki, Kioto Aoki
Moving Panorama Scrolls by Blair Thomas

Thursday, November 2 at 8:30PM
Friday, November 3 at 7PM
Saturday, November 4 at 5PM
Sunday, November 5 at 2PM

Photo by Richard Termine

November 3 – 5, 2023 | The Downstairs
The Healing Shipment
By Maria Camia

Friday, November 3 at 8:30PM
Saturday, November 4 at 3PM and 7PM
Sunday, November 5 at 4PM

November 3 – 11, 2023 | The Club at La MaMa
Jump Start
A Presentation of Works in Progress

November 3 – 5, 2023: Charlotte Lily Gaspard

Friday, November 3 at 9PM
Saturday, November 4 at 8:30PM
Sunday, November 5 at 6PM

November 9 – 11, 2023: Tristan Allen, Evolve Puppets (Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil), and Marcella Murray

Thursday, November 9 at 8:30PM
Friday, November 10 at 9PM
Saturday, November 11 at 8:30PM

Photo by Steven Pisano

November 7 – 8, 2023 | The Club at La MaMa
Puppet Slam
Curated by Jane Catherine Shaw

Tuesday, November 7 at 7PM and 8:30PM
Wednesday, November 8 at 7PM and 8:30PM

Photo by Richard Termine

November 9 – 12, 2023 | The Downstairs
Daydream Tutorial
By Maiko Kikuchi

Thursday, November 9 at 7PM
Friday, November 10 at 8:30PM
Saturday, November 11 at 7PM
Sunday, November 12 at 4PM

Photo by Nikita Sveshnikov

November 10 – 12, 2023 | Ellen Stewart Theatre
By Les Sages Fous

Friday, November 10 at 7PM
Saturday, November 11 at 5PM
Sunday, November 12 at 2PM

Photo by Êtienne Boisvert

November 16 – 18, 2023 | Ellen Stewart Theatre
The Pact
By Aaron Haskell

Thursday, November 16 at 7PM
Friday, November 17 at 7PM
Saturday, November 18 at 3PM and 7PM


November 4 – 5, 2023 | Community Arts Space
La MaMa Kids: Go Home Tiny Monster
By The Gottabees

Saturday, November 4 at 2PM
Sunday, November 5 at 12PM

Photo by Liz Linder


November 11 – 12, 2023 | Community Arts Space
La MaMa Kids: Woods
By Puzzle Theatre

Saturday, November 11 at 2PM
Sunday, November 12 at 12PM

Photo by André Chevrier

The 10th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2023 is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, the Québec Government Office in New York, Puppet Slam Network, the Mellon Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.

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.

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