"At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are & you know what you want."
~ Lao Tzu
At the center of my being lives a puppeteer. I've known this since I was 6, putting on endless puppet shows for my ever tolerant family. In my early adult years I tried to suppress this creative energy -- trading in my puppets for a respectable, acceptable adult career. After earning two masters degrees in Elementary Education and Film/Television, I discovered I was still a puppeteer at heart -- just older, wiser and more educated. Today, I am proud and grateful to be on a journey that encompasses creativity, positive energy, and a love for learning.
I offer Puppet Story Time at libraries and schools -- AND ONLINE! -- where puppets read stories & sing songs with the kids. I also perform original shows (in person) which focus on themes of courage, persistence, friendship and bullying.
The core of my work's passion is to inspire a child's sense of wonder. In this day and age of parents' "Struggle Against Screen Time" and their "Battle Against Electronics," I feel so fortunate to be able to interact with children "face to face.” And during this time of COVID-19, I feel even more fortunate to have access to the technology that enables me to interact with children in an online environment.
No matter the platform - in person or online - I am honored to be part of the spark that ignites their imaginations as they begin to discover who they are at the center of their being.
“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.”
— Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International
Through Me To You Puppetry supports anyone who believes in themselves and are following their dreams -- and not letting doubt or fear stop them.
We are committed to exploring themes of love, courage, and persistence through the wonderful world of puppets.
PUPPET STORY TIME
I perform various types of puppet shows for both small and large audiences. "Puppet Story Time" is the program that I most frequently provide to libraries, schools, daycare centers -- and on Zoom. It includes 30 minutes of stories & songs performed by the puppets. Both the stories & songs are interactive, allowing the kids to fully engage both their minds and bodies during the show. This show can be geared to both toddlers (ages 0-3), preschoolers (ages 4-5), and elementary school students (grades K-2).
Many of the stories we read are available on video as well. Check out our selection of Puppet Story Time videos.
ORIGINAL PUPPET SHOWS
I also perform larger puppet shows geared toward grades K-4 (but all are welcome). These shows include an additional performer, a stage, and a sound system. They are based on themes such as: