Our Newest Show: The Adventures of Widget

Welcome to Shadow Puppet Theatre

We design, build, and create shows with all kinds of puppets...

…and our focus is stories: Old stories, new stories, and stories that have never been heard before.  We use shadow puppets, hand puppets, and rod puppets to explore the stories we tell and to discover different ways to tell them. Most of the puppets we use in our productions are built by us, but we often collaborate with other artists on our projects.

We have several shows for young audiences (ages 4-12)  that have been presented at museums, galleries, libraries, and other spaces all over Ontario. We also lead shadow puppet making workshops for kids ages 4+. If you’d like one of our shows or workshops to come to your community, you can look at what we have to offer and contact us for more information.

Every year or two , we also create a longer, larger show that tells a bigger story. These shows are often for older audiences, but not always. We’ve presented Macbeth with shadow puppets, a German-English hybrid of Faust, and the children’s show,  Balancing on Moonbeams.

The company has been a labour of love since we started,  and we are still growing. Take a look around our site to learn more about us and to see what we’re up to

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Puppetry Intensive with Frank Meschkuleit

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Frank Meschkuleit has been a puppeteer, special effects manipulator and voice over artist for over 36 years. Credits include “Fraggle Rock”, “Bride of Chuckie”, “Toopy and Binoo”, “Aliens Vs Predator 2”, “the Santa Clause” and many, many more!

Join Frank for a One Day puppetry intensive where secrets learned over many years will be shared, and each student will have many opportunities to try their hand at object manipulation.
A rare opportunity to challenge your inner puppeteer, actor, and stage performer!
Space is limited!
Date: Saturday September 29, 2018 9am-5pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $75 (cash, etransfer, or cheque)
Register online or call Shadow Puppet Theatre at 519-498-2458

We’re Going to New York!

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We’re going to New York this weekend and I am THRILLED. I plan to take lots of picture and collect lots of notes to write a post about the experience, but for right now, I have show to rehearse (and also a puppet to solder back together, but that’s another story)

Flood Project Puppet - The Wave Master

The Flood Project

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IMPACT 17 International Theatre Festival is coming to Kitchener this fall and Shadow Puppet Theatre is developing a brand new show for the occasion.

We start creation on The Flood Project at the end of June,  and we are delighted that Pam Patel from the MT Space theatre company will be joining us as our director. We’re really excited to work with her on creating this new story.  For now, we hope you enjoy our picture of  The Master of The Waves,  one of the characters we are working on for the show.

He’s still a prototype, but we think he has a lot of potential!