The Puppetry Institute is creating a puppetry theater and arts outreach center in Santa Cruz
14

patrons

$138
per month
For the last 20 years I have tried to color outside the lines of what people expect when they think of puppets and puppeteers.  In that time I have produced live puppetry performances, such as the life-size puppetry fantasy adventure “Dr. Mecurio's Mythical Marvels,the adult drama “the Dr. is out... the last 48 hours in the life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”,  and my wild Puppet Burlesque show "A night at Miss Mimi's" funded by a performance art grant from the amazing folks at the Creative Capital Foundation in 2007.

Through it all I have endeavored  to pass my art on to the next generation, instructing workshops to both children and adults on puppet design construction and performance, created a award winning workshop on designing puppets from recyclable and found items, along with summer internship programs for under-served teens. These programs taught  kids a different way of solving problems by working together, and at the end, seeing with their own eye’s what incredible things that could be made from a pile of parts and their combined imaginations. It is my hope,with your help, to open a puppetry arts center here on California's central coast, The Puppetry Institute, giving the community and visitors a chance to see, explore, and experience for themselves all the many art disciplines used in puppetry. Thanks to the wonderful people at the Museum of Art and History (MAH) we are fortunate enough to be starting this program at The Octagon. This is a pilot program and we're hoping to find a permanent home when it's over So for the next 3 months we will endeavor to show the city, arts community, and granters what a viable investment this type of program is, by engaging young or old, local or visitor, beginner or expert, in a way that not only entertains but educates as well. To see our full Mission Statement
Tiers
Take a peak!
$1 or more per month 8 of 1000 patrons
  want to see us add flame to a Phoenix, detail a dragon or put the horn on a unicorn we  invite you to take advantage of this incredible opportunity! 
  • Early access to videos
  • Sneak peeks
#puppetymadness
$10 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
#puppetymadness is our live feed reality show! (without angry rich women) sit in on the daily goings on in the puppet studio by the sea.  
With a little luck
$15 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
We all need a little luck so join this tier and not only will you get all the percs in the lower tiers plus your very own Lucky Dragons Tooth Necklace.
Puppety Patrons
$25 or more per month 2 of 500 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making our mission possible.
  • Credits on all upcoming events
  • Plus all previous rewards
Creators Livestream
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Join me for one monthly workshop of your choice! Go to https://www.thepuppetryinstitute.org/workshops for  available  workshops 
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Q & A with experts
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Puppet Society Club
$100 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Exclusive Live Feeds or pair of free tickets to all performances! Choice of two video workshops

 Plus all previous rewards

Goals
$138 of $500 per month
Reaching this goal would pay for enough supplies to provide  6 or more free scholarships to the under-served teens in the surrounding area.
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For the last 20 years I have tried to color outside the lines of what people expect when they think of puppets and puppeteers.  In that time I have produced live puppetry performances, such as the life-size puppetry fantasy adventure “Dr. Mecurio's Mythical Marvels,the adult drama “the Dr. is out... the last 48 hours in the life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”,  and my wild Puppet Burlesque show "A night at Miss Mimi's" funded by a performance art grant from the amazing folks at the Creative Capital Foundation in 2007.

Through it all I have endeavored  to pass my art on to the next generation, instructing workshops to both children and adults on puppet design construction and performance, created a award winning workshop on designing puppets from recyclable and found items, along with summer internship programs for under-served teens. These programs taught  kids a different way of solving problems by working together, and at the end, seeing with their own eye’s what incredible things that could be made from a pile of parts and their combined imaginations. It is my hope,with your help, to open a puppetry arts center here on California's central coast, The Puppetry Institute, giving the community and visitors a chance to see, explore, and experience for themselves all the many art disciplines used in puppetry. Thanks to the wonderful people at the Museum of Art and History (MAH) we are fortunate enough to be starting this program at The Octagon. This is a pilot program and we're hoping to find a permanent home when it's over So for the next 3 months we will endeavor to show the city, arts community, and granters what a viable investment this type of program is, by engaging young or old, local or visitor, beginner or expert, in a way that not only entertains but educates as well. To see our full Mission Statement

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Tiers
Take a peak!
$1 or more per month 8 of 1000 patrons
  want to see us add flame to a Phoenix, detail a dragon or put the horn on a unicorn we  invite you to take advantage of this incredible opportunity! 
  • Early access to videos
  • Sneak peeks
#puppetymadness
$10 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
#puppetymadness is our live feed reality show! (without angry rich women) sit in on the daily goings on in the puppet studio by the sea.  
With a little luck
$15 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
We all need a little luck so join this tier and not only will you get all the percs in the lower tiers plus your very own Lucky Dragons Tooth Necklace.
Puppety Patrons
$25 or more per month 2 of 500 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making our mission possible.
  • Credits on all upcoming events
  • Plus all previous rewards
Creators Livestream
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Join me for one monthly workshop of your choice! Go to https://www.thepuppetryinstitute.org/workshops for  available  workshops 
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Q & A with experts
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Puppet Society Club
$100 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Exclusive Live Feeds or pair of free tickets to all performances! Choice of two video workshops

 Plus all previous rewards