Blog Archives

Babylon on tour

SANDGLASS THEATER’s new production looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within American communities to which they have fled. Working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, we have interviewed “new residents” in order to gain first hand insight into their plight,

Autumn Portraits at Sandglass Theater


Since its creation in 1980, this celebrated solo performance has won awards in Australia, Hungary and a Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionette.

Autumn Portraits is a compelling evening-long solo puppet-and-mask performance,

Puppet Crimes at Sandglass

Coming soon on Saturday August 12th at 7 PM Jana Zeller and Kalob Martinez present original hand puppet pieces at Sandglass Theater.

El Beto by Kalob Martinez is a one man, bilingual, hand puppet version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is set in the world of the Mexican drug cartel.

National Puppetry Festival 2017

July 18 – 22, 2017
Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Puppet Festivals are ideas made real. Imagination brought to life. Creativity shared. Bonds made and friendships forged.

The National Puppetry Festival 2017 brings together nearly 400 puppet artists of all kinds,

Sandglass at Festivals

KO Festival

A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a
viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung
or just accompanied by music. Participants will build their own crankie and
create their own story.

Punschi at Mutton & Mead fair and Putney Library


This weekend June 24th and 25th catch two Punschi shows at the annual
Mutton and Mead Festival in Turner’s Falls, MA.

Sandglass Theater full res 300dpi-49_webKasper and the Cow
created by Ines Zeller Bass and
performed by Jana Zeller
for family audiences

Enjoy a funny adventure with Kasper,

When I Put On Your Glove plays at the Network of Ensemble Theaters Symposium in Seattle

gloveflyerwebOn June 22nd -25th Eric and Shoshana head to Seattle, Washington to join the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) National Symposium, Past Forward. Shoshana will be at the conference performing a studio rendition of When I Put on Your Glove,

Puppet Crimes

hand-puppet-posterOn Saturday August 12th at 7 PM Jana Zeller and Kalob Martinez present original hand puppet pieces at Sandglass Theater.

Kasper and Gretel by Jana Zeller


This raucous hand puppet piece features traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel,

Great River Theater Festival at Sandglass Theater


When I Put on Your Glove

A solo tour de force, will be part of the first Annual Great River Theater Festival comes to beautiful Putney, VT July 6-9, 2017. Enjoy an entertaining mix of comedy,

Summer with Sandglass, Summer of Glove

Mark your calendars!

June 3
with Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass during the
Strolling of the Heifers at the Retreat Meadows in        **Brattleboro,

Crankie workshop with Ines at KO Festival

July 3  – 8, 2017
Ines-saluting-214x300             Fishies-Crankie-217x300
Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater

A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become hot again.

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Punschi goes to Puppet Showplace Theater

Punschi hits the road to Puppet Showplace Theater’s main stage in Brookline, Massachusetts on March 30 & 31 and on April 1 & 2.  For all of you near Boston, now is your chance to catch Punschi live!

first full Work-in-Progress showing of Babylon


On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. 

Joe Walsh, Eli West and Mariel Vandersteel at Sandglass Theater


Boston, MA. February 6, 2017:

Folk, Americana, and Bluegrass musicians, Joe Walsh, Mariel Vandersteel, and Eli West will be joining forces to carve out a unique sound on their upcoming New England Spring Tour. Drawing from the trio’s strong individual musical voices,

D-Generation is headed to Seattle, Washington March 3-9!

A week long residency with performance and workshops

The D-Generation team are gearing up to travel to the Pacific Northwest for an exciting residency in Seattle. On Sunday, March 5th at 3pm, Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass,

Sandglass stands against the refugee ban

Sandglass Theater is working with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to create a performance that tells stories of the journeys of people who have fled war and violence.

Years ago, I was caught in a snowstorm coming home from Vancouver just before Christmas.

Sandglass on upper Broadway


Last weekend, Punschi made it’s upper Broadway debut at Symphony Space. Sandglass enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of this beautiful venue and we were tickled at seeing “Punschi” up in lights!

Next month Punschi will be going to Boston with two Public library performances: February 23 at the Marlborough Public Library at 3 PM and February 24 at the Auburn Public Library at 4 PM. 

Puppets without Boarders at Next Stage

Puppets Without Borders

Please join Jana Zeller and Chris Yerlig in a slideshow and video presentation about their work with children in India, Monday Feb. 6 at 7pm at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney,

Sandglass in India

Puppets_photocredit:Jana Zeller

In November Jana joined Magicians without Borders and traveled to Mumbai, India, to teach and perform puppetry at an art camp for orphaned boys and girls. “Learning Beyond” is a camp designed to inspire underprivileged children to find confidence,

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