Voices of Community

About the Artist

Jeghetto is a self taught master builder and puppeteer residing in North Carolina. His puppets are abstract moving sculptures made of mostly found and recycled materials. He has received two grants from the Jim Henson Foundation prior to becoming a board member himself. Jeghetto has worked with Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, Alec Baldwin and Terence Nance. He was a guest on The Steve Harvey Show and performed puppetry on The Voice and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness.

About Theatre Adventure

This residency is being facilitated and co-designed by Theatre Adventure educators Laura Lawson Tucker and Darlene Jenson. Theatre Adventure is a non-profit organization offering year-round theater arts programming. Theatre Adventure’s mission is to provide a caring and creative community for artists with disabilities to claim the stage with distinction. Belief in everyone’s ability to express self in a variety of ways runs deep at Theatre Adventure, and they are dedicated to helping their students advocate for themselves and others.

About the event

Voices of Community presents top-level performance artists from around the country whose work embodies a commitment to social change. We connect visiting artists with local partner organizations to create programs that inspire dialogue around diverse issues within our community in Southern Vermont. These programs address issues such as housing security, racial equity, gender identity, disability, and more.

To learn more about the mission of Voices of Community and the history of its past events go here

In 2023, Sandglass is facilitating a series of Voices of Community workshops focusing on the role of arts education as a tool for social change. The 2023 series began in May, when Sandglass facilitated a residency with Tanya Nixon-Silberg and Bonnie Duncan of Play for Change at the Green Street School in Brattleboro. The residency included workshops for grades K-2 called “We Move Together,” celebrating the power of social organizing.

In September 2023, Sandglass is thrilled to welcome back Tarish Pipkins, a.k.a. Jeghetto Entertainment, to lead a series of Cardboard Sculpting Workshops with Theatre Adventure of Brattleboro. Theatre Adventure is dedicated to empowering youth and adults with disabilities through the experience of the performing arts. Jeghetto Entertainment will lead a series of puppetry workshops at Theatre Adventure and in schools associated with their participant actors.

And finally, in late fall, Sandglass will partner with Next Stage Arts and Putney Central School to host Quebecois artists Les Sages Fous for two special presentations of their new work Tricyckle, a mysterious duet between a man and his bike about travel and transformation.

Jeghetto residency with Theatre Adventure
Facilitated by Sandglass Theater
Monday, September 11 - Thursday, September 14, 2023
At Theatre Adventure and participating schools in Brattleboro, VT

Tarish Pipkins is teaming up with Theatre Adventure, an inclusive theater dedicated to programming that empowers students and adults with disabilities, for a week of workshops at their home theater and in their associated school classrooms. Jeghetto will be sharing his techniques on how to manipulate and sculpt with cardboard and paper in Jeghetto’s signature Cardboard Sculpting Workshop. The participants in the workshop will also learn mask making as well as puppet building and puppet manipulation. In 2001, Sandglass helped facilitate a virtual workshop with Jeghetto and Theatre Adventure, and we are delighted to offer this in-person opportunity.

Thank you to our funders

This project was funded in part by a Vermont Arts Council Arts Impact Grant and by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.