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Puppets in the Green Mountains


Every couple of years the little town of Brattleboro,Vermont welcomes puppeteers from around the world. To the delight of the national puppetry community and local audiences alike, Sandglass Theater’s, Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival has become Southern Vermont’s premier puppetry attraction,

Punschi Goes West!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Los Angeles April 28, 10:30 a.m.

Perfect for kids and adults alike, Punschi features hand puppets, a miniature circus, music, and lots of laughs!

Punschi at Skirball Puppet Festival
Los Angeles,

Sandglass celebrates Ines’ final performance of Isidor’s Cheek

Sandglass celebrates Ines’ final performance of
Isidor’s Cheek
Saturday March 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sandglass Theater will present this season’s final performance in the Winter Sunshine Series on March 31st at 11 am and 2 pm. 

Isidor’s Cheek

Isidor’s Cheek
by Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater

Saturday March 31st at 11 AM and 2 PM

Southern Vermont’s favorite puppet theater event for young audiences closes its eleventh season with a special farewell performance of Isidor’s Cheek by Sandglass co-founder Ines Zeller Bass.

Puppet Building Workshop


workshopbannerUnder the masterful guidance of Sandglass co-founder Ines Zeller Bass and Sandglass company member Jana Zeller, participants will learn the basics of a customized rod puppet. The process will include modeling a head and hand, techniques for painting puppet faces,

Performances, workshops and camp!

Punschi show and workshop

Punschi at Syrup Festival
Sunday March 11

Punschi is traveling south to Shelburne Falls, MA where Piti Theatre will be serving up their 9th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Sunday,

Punschi at the Maple Syrup Festival on Sunday March 11

-1Punschi is traveling south, 91 South . . . to Shelburne Falls, MA where Piti Theatre will be serving up their 9th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, 3/11 starting with pancakes at 11 am at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center,

Summer Intensive applications open now


Sandglass Summer Intensive Training in Puppetry

Sandglass Theater offers a two-week intensive workshop in Puppet Theater this August 5 – 18, 2018. This program is for  puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet.

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
Everybody Loves Pirates!
Saturday March 17th at 11 AM and 2 PM

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way!  

Winter Blues?

Winter blues got you down?

This photo is one of the “Lumpies” from Between Sand and Stars, a Sandglass production from 2005

This is a time of year we need to celebrate the opportunities in our community more than ever.

Winter Sunshine Kicks off with Modern Times Theater

Winter Sunshine Series begins

Modern Times Theater
Punch and Judy on Ice
Saturday, February 17th at 11am and 2pm

Punch and Judy On Ice celebrates the season with a story of the world’s most well-preserved puppet character! 

Winter Sunshine Series for kids

Sandglass Theater thanks all of you for your support during our year end appeal
and in the many ways you are a part of the work we do.

We owe our success to the community in which we thrive.


Year end appeal goal in sight
Thanks to all of your support Sandglass has almost reached the year end fundraising goal of $20,000.  It is not too late for you to pitch in toward the flourishing of our area’s beloved puppet theater.

Teaching puppetry

Sandglass Theater fosters the development of the art of puppetry by offering workshops for children and adults in our community and beyond.  Workshops give participants techniques for building, animating and performing puppets as well as composing puppet pieces.  To book a workshop for your school,

Sandglass Theater on Tour


Babylon tells the story of today’s refugees: their sense of home, their arduous journeys and the challenges of resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas known as crankies. Babylon weaves together the stories of people recently resettled from Syria,

Punschi at Skirball, Los Angeles

Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller of Sandglass Theater present a collection of delightful and compelling short puppet pieces in Punschi. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Punschi features hand puppets, a miniature circus, music, and lots of laughs! 

Sandglass at The Yard

Sandglass Theater puppetry workshop and Performance at The Yard

Sandglass will be in residency at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA January 15th- 20th.

Teaching and performing artists Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller will be
participating in The Yard’s Making It residency,

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Sandglass Theater!

Sandglass Ensemble Speaks:
Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass
Seventh and last of a series of comments by Sandglass performers and designers.

As founders, Ines and I are very pleased to see new life and projects flow into Sandglass. 

Babylon on Tour


Flynn Center
Burlington, Vermont

Shows on January 12-13  8:00pm

The fallen mythic civilization of Babylon becomes a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of mythic proportion.

Sandglass Ensemble Speaks: Jana Zeller

Year End Appeal

Puppets are an exciting means to engage children with their imaginations, encourage creative play, break down social barriers and act as an effective means of communication. Puppets open a door to discovering an interactive experience of narrative,

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