be a part of community initiatives

Dear Sandglass Theater Patron,

Sandglass is hard at work creating a more just and peaceful future for our local, national and international communities through the art of puppetry. By performing, teaching and presenting locally and worldwide we aim to inspire new generations of diverse artists and audiences to embrace puppetry as a means to seek truth, broaden perspective, generate empathy, and create joy.

This year Sandglass has involved more youth in puppetry than ever before with the Winter Sunshine Series performances, puppet camps and by teaching workshops for schools, libraries and festivals near and far. In addition to our summer intensive training program, this year Sandglass offered the first in a series of weekend workshops as part of the effort to expand Sandglass’ mentorship in the art of puppetry. Sandglass also traveled this year to teach in Rutland, Boston, California, Scotland and many other places.

Sandglass’ classic children’s show Punschi toured extensively to audiences of all backgrounds on both coasts. D-Generation, an Exaltation of Larks, our show about people with dementia will represent Sandglass in Europe for our third German tour of this award winning show. Bablyon, journeys of refugees is about to embark on extensive touring, working with refugee centers through out the United States. This year Sandglass is fostering new works by Shoshana Bass, Jana Zeller and Kalob Martinez, a new generation of puppetry artists, teachers, and leaders.

Be a part of Sandglass’ actions: Make puppetry available to everyone with a tax-deductible gift that directly supports community initiatives.

give a full scholarship for the intensive training program


send Punschi to a local school for a performance and/or a workshop


send 20 local students to a school show


give someone the opportunity for a subsidized ticket to a festival show


Another way to support Sandglass

The Puppets in the Green Mountains festival, like much of Sandglass Theater’s programming, is only possible with the help of an incredible team of volunteers. From hosting artists, preparing meals, and helping to organize Gala events, to ushering at performances and helping with parking and crowd-wrangling, there are countless ways for you to get involved. If you’d like to sign up to the volunteer list, please send an email to

  • HOMESTAYS: Host a guest artist or company in your home. We have experienced many long lasting friendships being made this way. And know a few families who have gone abroad to visit their homestay puppeteers after the festival. It is a special experience for our guest artists to have access inside the community, and much of the feedback we receive from festival artists attests to the power of such a personal experience with the local community. Likewise, our hosts have had the joy of personalizing the artists in a cross-cultural exchange.
  • MEALS: The festival puppeteers and staff are cooked dinner every night by a generous community volunteer. These evening always prove to be festive and beautiful, and the host is always well celebrated. The time of year lends itself to garden parties, outdoor stone pizza ovens, and we provide the wine and beer.
  • EVENT VOLUNTEERING: We need ushers for performances, people willing to help with parking and crowd-wrangling, and servers for the Gala night.
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