1. About
    The Puppet Project is an initiative to explore the art of puppetry which draws from all forms of visual and performing arts at Michigan Technological University.
  2. Get Involved!
    There are many ways to be involved in The Puppet Project, from taking classes, to working onstage and backstage, to volunteering for special events.
  3. Book a show!
    The Puppet Project will bring a show to your school, library, community center, park, and almost anywhere.
New Puppet Stage Under Construction
 While it is currently serving to store all things puppet while McArdle Theatre's backstage is being renovated, the stage will be ready for use by the end of summer 2019.  
      The first phase of The Puppet Project is underway.  Last summer saw the purchase of capital items such as tools and materials for the construction of a puppet stage.  The stage, designed by Andrew Nyberg, is intended to be multi-functional, for a variety of puppet types.  The stage itself has a 18' X 10' footprint, and will stand around 15'.  It features a "bridge" above the stage from which marionettes can be manipulated.  The façade includes several windows from which puppets may appear and that can function as shadow puppet screens.  There is a 10' opening with a deck where most of the puppet action takes place.  
     The support structure was recently completed and work has begun on painting the façade, designed by Andrea da Vinci Braun.    Andrea has designed a beautiful shell for the stage in a mix of tradition and whimsy.  
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Upcoming Events
Summer Workshops
All Ages

In Partnership with the
Copper Country Community Arts Center

August 12-17
Workshops for all ages will be offered in one-week track that includes 2-3 classes and a performance.  Click below for more information and to register, beginning July 1.



Donate to "Live on Stage" through the Visual and Performing Arts Giving Page

Operating a Puppet Theatre is Expensive.  There are Many Ways to Help!

Consider making a monetary contribution to support touring expenses, professional staff, rental items, materials for workshops, tuition for classes, and many other day-to-day costs.  Donations can be reported on your taxes and may be deductable.

Other contributions of ordinary household items are welcome and go a long way in cutting down on consumable purchases.  

Your time is of value as an adult volunteer for events such as performances or for workshops.  Also, services such as website and social media administration, grant writing, and event organization are greatly appreciated. 

The most pressing need is a vehicle for touring that can accommodate the stage, scenery, puppets, and props.  This may be a small truck or a trailerand a vehicle capable of hauling it.   

Donate Time: Volunteer