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NEA Chairman Jane Chu visits Sandglass


State of the arts
NEA Chair Jane Chu visits Windham County to survey its creative scene


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Alex Aldrich, left, the executive director of the Vermont Arts Council,

Paul Sheren

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing
of Paul Sheren, Sandglass Theater’s beloved board member. 
He is greatly missed and will not be soon forgotten. 
He spent his last hours in the company of cousins,
Gabrielle Tenzer,

VT Gives


Mark your calendars JUNE 7th for VT Gives!  It is a day of state wide donations to nonprofit organizations and Sandglass Theater is delighted to offer this chance to show your support for our work.

New Accessibility Ramp


Sandglass Theater has added a new cement walkway to improve physical accessibility at the theater’s events. While the theater has had a legally accessible grade for years, the gravel walkway has been less than adequate, especially in bad weather.

BRAD SHUR – Cardboard Explosion

Due to circumstances beyond our control,
this show has been cancelled.
Cardboard Explosion
Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace (MA)
April 9, 2016 at 1:00PM and 3:00PM


Get ready to exercise your imagination in this brand new and highly interactive show!

FAYE DUPRAS – The Great Red Ball Rescue

Faye Dupras - REd Ball

The Great Red Ball Rescue
Faye Dupras (MA)
March 19, 2016 at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
All seats are $8

Tickets for 1:00PM Show

Tickets for 3:00PM Show

Sandglass’s beloved Winter Sunshine Series continues with a romp around the world in an upturned umbrella that will surprise and delight audiences of all ages.

2016 Winter Sunshine Series

Shadows Around the World
Nappy’s Puppets (CT)
January 23, 2016 at 1:00PM & 3:00PM

Sandglass will kick off the popular Winter Sunshine series, with favorite shadow puppeteer, Jim Napolitano and his show “Shadows Around the World”.

Carlton Turner speaks at Voices of Community


Keynote 14Nov2016 from Sandglass Theater on Vimeo.

For those of you who were not able to attend or would like to see it again, here is the keynote address of Voices of Community:  Imagining the Re­ Integration of Art and Humanity. 

Crankies! – December 4, 5, and 6

Cranky theater at Sandglass, Putney VT

Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater, Clare Dolan, Brendan Taaffe, Coni Richards and Madeline Fan, Dejah Leger, Anna Patton with Annie Winker
Friday December 4 at 7:30 PM
Saturday December 5 at 7:30 PM
Sunday December 6 at 3:00 PM
Sandglass Theater,

30 Year Retrospective Exhibit of Sandglass’ work at the Ballard Institute

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The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry celebrates the opening of its new exhibition:
From Thought to Image: 30 Years of Sandglass Theater

Saturday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m.
With performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m

Release from The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present the grand opening of From Thought to Image: 30 Years of Sandglass Theater on Saturday,

New Visions series presents “Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots”

Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera
by Redwing Blackbird Theater and Not4Prophet

Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm

Tickets are $16 general,

“Of Bread and Paper” by Company of Strangers

Saturday, November 28

Tickets are $16 general, $13 students and seniors
Get tickets online here or by calling 802-387-4051

Sandglass Theater welcomes the return of Company of Strangers’ Of Bread and Paper on Thanksgiving weekend.  

Puppet Concurrent Resolution

State of Vermont Puppet Chamber,
Putney, Vermont

By Puppeteers: Bass, Bass, Bass, Murphy, and Zeller, and Millions of Others as this Resolution is not limited to any Electoral Construct but Open and Inclusive of Anyone who Enjoys Puppets or Who has Ever had an Intelligent Conversation about Justice and the State of the World.

Honoring Peter Schumann

This year’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival: Walking to the Borders featured 10 days of theater and dialogue all dedicated to ideas of social justice and exploring the concept of “us and them.” The idea of using puppetry to explore,

The Trio de Pumpkintown

Stories, Songs and Magic Lantern Projections From An Imaginary New England Village


Tim Eriksen and the
Trio de Pumpkintown
October 17th, 7:30pm

Tickets available online
or by phone (802)387-4051

Tim Eriksen (voice/guitar),

A Big Thanks!


Sandglass Theater is celebrating the completion of our 9th Puppets in the Green Mountain Festival, where we presented inspiring theater to over 3500 people, including about 900 school kids, over 10 days of a wide range of events. We could not have even begun planning this festival,

GoFundMe Campaign Created: Help Sandglass Take D-Generation to London!

Dear Sandglass Supporters,

Sandglass has recently been offered an opportunity for D-Generation  to leave the country: to participate in the Suspense Festival  in London, England, from October 31 to November 1, 2015. Suspense is one of the premier puppetry festivals in Europe,

American Theatre Honors the Work of Sandglass

Sandglass Theater was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of American Theatre. The article named Sandglass as “…the only company to to appear at both the Chicago and Edinburgh puppet festivals this year.” The 2015 Puppets in the Green Mountains festival received special mention.

Eric Bass Invites Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to Puppets in the Green Mountains

Eric Bass, Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater, recently wrote to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to invite him to Vermont for the ninth edition of the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, to take place September 11-20, 2015.

Dear Senator McCain,

Eric Bass Interviewed on VPR









Eric Bass, Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater, was recently interviewed on Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition.

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If you'd like priority seating, parking , or any assistance when you arrive, be sure to let us know when making your reservations.

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