Sandglass is dedicated to the arts of theater and puppetry as a means of exploring contemporary issues, inspiring dialogue, and sparking wonder. We create original ensemble performances and collaborations, present diverse theater artists, produce events that serve our communities, and teach our art.
Sandglass is a bridge in our local, national, and international communities for artistic and social development. We inspire new generations of diverse artists and audiences to further embrace puppetry and theater as thriving art forms that seek truth, a broader perspective, generate compassion, and celebrate the human spirit.
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Eric Bass, Co-Artistic Director and Founder
Ines Zeller Bass, Founder
Shoshana Bass, Co-Artistic Director
Alissa Mello, Managing Director
Jana Zeller, Associate Producer
Kirk Murphy, Associate Producer
Virginia Driscoll, Administrator
Ensemble and Associate Artists
Ines Zeller Bass
Kaitee Yaeko Tredway
Virginia Scholl, President
Michael H. Szostac, Vice President
Julian Gerstin, Secretary
William Ploog, Treasurer
Ines Zeller Bass
Sandglass Theater is a renowned theater company specializing in combining puppets with music, actors, and visual imagery. Since 1982, the company’s productions have toured internationally in nearly 30 countries, performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions and winning numerous international prizes.
Sandglass Theater produces works for both adult audiences and young audiences—two repertoires that tour separately and together. Sandglass also performs and teaches in its own 60-seat renovated barn theater in Putney, Vermont. Sandglass Theater is available for workshops and residencies and teaches a 2-week intensive training program each summer.
Sandglass Theater (Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research) is a not-for-profit organization. Sandglass Theater is a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and the National Performance Network.
In the microcosm of theater, the puppet is a means of integrating, of pulling back together pieces torn apart from each other. The puppet is the embodiment of a world no longer ours, an abstraction of a memory, a dream which is recalled. It is other than us, but it lives through us. We grasp it, and in grasping it, it takes hold of us. In dancing with the puppet, we are dancing with our more secret side. We are integrating parts of ourselves. - Sandglass Theater
Theater acknowledges that we are located on the unceded land of the
Pennacook, Wabanaki and Abenaki peoples. We invite you to join us in acknowledging the Pennacook, Wabanaki Confederacy and Abenaki community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. Sandglass
Theater also acknowledges that it was founded upon exclusions and
erasures of many Indigenous peoples. This acknowledgement demonstrates a
commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing
legacies of settler colonialism.
Sandglass Theater is a wheelchair accessible facility. We welcome people of all abilities and strive to provide programs that are inclusive and accessible to all. Sign interpretation, touch tours and social stories are available for certain shows. Please inquire.
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From Co-Artistic Directors, Shoshana Bass and Eric Bass
When was the last time you felt truly listened to? When was the last time you truly listened? Listening is perhaps one of the most demanding acts, and perhaps also one of the most transformative ones. Our theater work opens the doors to practice listening, and to commit ourselves fully and without distraction to the presence of a moment.
For Sandglass, the puppet is the primary means by which (and through which) we listen. It is a holder of our attention. From the puppet, we stretch ourselves to hear its environment, its world. Perhaps we listen to its story, as it holds our focus. From there we understand what is asked of us as we listen to others, and to the stories that arise within us as we listen to ourselves. Sometimes we listen without understanding and that’s okay too.
At one of our work-in-progress showings, an audience member was asked if they were able to understand something we were trying to portray on stage. They responded, “Let us reach for it!” What a beautiful concept. Reach for it. Isn’t that what we are always doing when we are listening to someone else? We can never fully understand, but we can reach for it, and it is the reaching that permits us to grow.
So, when we ask ourselves what our primary purpose is as performance makers, one of the most important capacities we nurture is the space for listening. And when we listen we reach for it, with our minds and with our spirits.
Since its founding in 1982, Sandglass Theater has been a renowned theater company not only for the artistic creativity and quality of its productions but of equal importance, our social justice and human rights content. Recent race-related events, coupled with similar events that have been occurring since our country’s founding, have compelled us to take a thorough inventory of our organization’s commitment to addressing social justice issues, including those involving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This inventory included looking at our program content, venues, staffing, internal policies & procedures, vendor selection, and how we present ourselves to the public. Although much focus has been placed on safety issues involving the COVID pandemic, we believe priority must also be placed on these social justice issues, with equal vigor and commitment.
On June 9, 2020, our Board of Directors made the following commitments. HERE