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Throughout history puppets have been used to teach and galvanize the public. The author chronicles the political dimensions of her illustrious and varied career as a puppet theatre director, teacher, and activist. From her introduction of puppetry, Ms. Fijan's long career has been as to entertain, enlighten, and challenge audiences.
 
"Puppets & Politics takes on serious issues with an ever-present sense of humor." 
Petra Hroch, Puppetry International
 
Author: Carol Fijan
Photographer: Steven Petruzella
Total Pages: 90
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-24-9
Drawing on his nearly-thirty years of experience as a professional puppeteer, the author provides a rare glimpse behind the stage curtain into the sometimes wacky, sometimes wonderful world of the puppeteer. From his first performance in a puppetry class, to performances for his peers, the author merrily recounts the mishaps and memorable moments of his adventures and misadventures. Numerous photographs throughout the text.
 
"A happy and thoroughly enjoyable read, laced with funny true stories ...
generating spontaneous laugh-out-loud moments that may sneak up on you."
Paul Eide, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Bob Nathanson
Illustrator: Robert Garber
Total Pages: 170
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-27-0
A gold mine of information which cannot be found in other books on puppetry. The author discusses the theory of puppets, the artistic and educational uses of puppetry, movement & grouping, uses and plotting of lighting, puppet speech, acting, and voice differentiation. The original 1950's book is augumented with a biography of the author and a feature on his theatre in Edinburgh.
 
"One of the puppet classics." Ray daSilva, Animations
"Every puppeteer should own a copy and refer to it often for the clear and concise guidelines it offers."
George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Miles Lee
Total pages: 244
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-13-3
Storybook Strings
Our Price: $20.00
For over fifty years the Storybook Puppet Theater in Children's Fairyland, Oakland, CA has been given three performances daily to family audiences. As well, some of the world's finest puppeteers were trained at the theater. Storybook Strings takes you behind the scenes to meet the people who make the magic. This book is filled with stories and hundreds of rare photos documenting the masterwork of the many artisans who have brought delight to three generations of children.


Author: Randal Metz

Total Pages: 134
Published by: Rappid Rabbit

ISBN: 0-9747142-0-8
In five decades of full-time puppetry, the Bob Brown Marionettes have done it all and won the respect of their public and peers. These consummate artists have survived devastating setbacks and numerous disappointments yet find the funny side. This book, much of it in Judy's unique narrative, is a delight to read. Scattered throughout are kernels of hard-earned wisdom only seasoned performers can impart.
 
"A multi-faceted reading experience...great storytelling...and a goldmine of advice for every puppeteer."
Paul Eide, Puppetry Journal
 
Authors: Judy Barry Brown & Luman Coad.
Drawings: Bob Brown.
Total Pages: 348
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-30-0.
For some twenty years the Sue Hastings Marionettes were one of North America's largest puppet companies with as many as a dozen troupes out on the road and a stock of puppets exceeding two thousand. Performances ranged from socialite parties to Broadway shows, from commercial promotions to touring the Chautauqua circuit, from performing at the White House to running permanent theatres at several world's fairs. This study is detailed and alive with anecdotes of Sue Hastings, one of the most successful entrepreneurs. Over sixty photographs and illustrations.
 
"Informative, well-paced, and interesting to read...a tribute to a driving American force in puppetry." 
Joann Spencer Seigrist, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Dorlis Grubidge
Total Pages: 248
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-15-7
The story of Pauline Benton - an icon in the field of shadow theatre but about whom so little is known - would have vanished into oblivion without this eloquent book. In the 1920s, Pauline Benton discovered shadow theatre (piyingaxi), which was declining in China. She believed she could save the ancient tradition by taking it to America. During the 30s and 40s, her Red Gate Players toured complex productions using authentic Chinese shadow figures .

Author: Grant Hayter-Menzies
Total Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-0-7735-4201-3
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Considered the father of modern puppetry in North America, Tony Sarg was a well known illustrator and designer in New York City. Puppetry was a part of his prodigious output and for many years his marionette troupes crisscrossed the continent with elaborate marionette productions. His high standards and willingness to share the backstage "secrets" inspired a generation of puppeteers. Numerous photos and posters illustrate this scholarly study of Sarg, his productions, and the puppeteers who toured them. Many of these puppeteers founded their own puppet troupes and influenced the next generation of puppeteers. Extensive bibliography.
"A long overdue tribute to the man who started it all." Dr. Frank Ballard, University of Connecticut
"An important contribution to the literature of puppet history." Ryan Howard, Puppetry Journal
Author: Tamara Robin Hunt
Total Pages: 164
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-10-2
Pinocchio's Marionette Theater in Winter Park, FL, has specialized in musical theatre interpretations of classic children's stories. Here are ten of David Eaton's adaptations along with an account of his fascinating life as an actor, clown, business entrepreneur, and puppeteer. Also included are enlightening backstage insights detailing how each script was transformed from the written page to the puppet stage.
"Puppeteers will enjoy both the plays and the 'shoptalk' that precedes them - the discussion of approaches,
possibilities, problems and solutions and what works and what doesn't and why."
Paul Eide, Puppetry Journal
Author: David Eaton
Illustrator: Eric Sweetman
Total Pages: 439
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-38-6
The Dick Myers Project
Our Price: $40.00
Paul McPharlin was one of the 20th century's most important puppeteers and his "Puppet Theatre in America" is considered the definitive history. Shy and aloof, but energetic, he used a knack for bringing people together to found the Puppeteers of America. Drawing on contributions from his wife, the book is a forthright chronicle of his life. Included are two of his plays, a list of the puppetry books he published, and a list of members of the Marionette Fellowship of Detroit.

Author: Ryan Howard

Total Pages: 250
Published by McFarland & Company

ISBN: 0-7864-2433-8

With his unique rod puppets and memorable productions, Dick Myers was a highly respected puppeteer in the 1960s to 1980s. This full colour book includes his biography, a detailed explanation of his mechanical designs, and the author’s adventures in restoring the puppets and faithfully remounting of two the original productions.

Author: Seth Shaffer
Total Pages: 212
ISBN: 978-0-921845-45-4