Great Changes Coming to PuppetART

Detroit’s lively, revived downtown is exciting and PuppetART (PA) has been happy to be a part of that growing renaissance. However, PA’s current space no longer meets its needs as a growing center for puppetry. As PA approaches its 20th season, which will begin in September 2018, it is appropriate to make some big changes.  The biggest challenge is to create a new home for PA in the Detroit area, which will include an updated theater as well as a dedicated studio and museum.  To accomplish this we will be leaving our present home at 25. E. Grand River in Detroit and spending time “on the go.”  While PA searches for a new home and begins its refurbishment, the puppets will be busy visiting various sites in the Detroit Metropolitan area.  Puppet shows, workshops, classes and more will be moving from site to site as PA shares its stories as well as the history of puppetry to a wider audience.  This future adventure has all the puppets and actors very excited. 

This is what you can look for in the 2017-2018 season of PuppetART.

*PA will continue to visit art and community centers, schools, libraries and houses of worship to bring the art of puppetry to adults and children throughout the area.  These residences will include exhibits, workshops, productions and special lectures available to communities in the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond

*PA will be in contact with all of its loyal followers to inform them about current productions and special events.

*PA will keep updating its website and Facebook to keep everyone aware about coming events and the development of our new home.

*PA will be busy fundraising and networking with other arts organizations to ensure our future home can provide a special place puppetry in metropolitan Detroit over the next 20 years.

And of course PA will continue to present the culturally diverse, artistic productions that it has delivered to the Detroit area for 18 years.

Although it is sad to leave our home of many years, PuppetART is ready to launch a new beginning.  We cannot leave without thanking all of the friends who have worked with us over the years and we extend a special thanks to Christine Biegas, our landlord for 13 years, and to Paul Howard, our landlord of the past five years.  Their interest and support over the years has been of great benefit to PA.

PuppetART will be performing our crowd favorite Banana for Turtle at 25 E. Grand River this August on the 5th, 12th, 17th, and 19th. In order to accommodate all who are interested, we ask that you make a reservation at 313.961.7777 or You are also invited to attend a final farewell on Sunday, August 20th from 11:00-4:00 PM.  Come take pictures with your favorite puppets as we celebrate the theater’s almost two decades in Downtown Detroit.

Additionally, PuppetART is looking for volunteers to help us pack up our museum, theater, and gift shop Saturday, August 26th, through Thursday, August 31st. Please call 313.961.7777 to arrange a time to come help volunteer! (We’ll have a number of gift shop puppets available at discounted prices to our volunteers.)

August 2017 – Banana for Turtle



 Questions, misunderstandings, and tricky situations pile up while four jungle animals (a monkey, a parrot, a python, and an elephant) wait for their friend Turtle. Original music sets the scene for these important questions (how does one measure a snake?) that lead to a hilarious results.

Dates and Times: 
Saturday. July 29th, at 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 5th, at 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 12th, at 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 17th, at 10:00 AM


$10 for Children

$15 for Adults

$8 for Workshops

Recommended for all ages

To Make Reservations and Find out more, contact us at 313-961-7777 or






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What our parents had to say:

Such a great place with huge heart! The people who run this theatre and perform sure enjoy it, which makes it equally enjoyable for kids and adults. Be sure to check it out!
— Michelle Caruso

What a fabulous experience!
— Lisa Lipscomb

We had a wonderful time seeing the Crane Maiden last weekend. It is a beautiful performance.
— Christine Harmon

Thank You, the show was great and the Museum and Workshop were awesome!
— Kelley McGinnis

We LOVED our experience at PuppetART and can’t wait for more!
— Heather Kraft

Saw it today! It was wonderful – the kids loved every minute of their visit today!
— Mary Beth McCormick


Our Mission:

To explore a variety of cultures and to foster an appreciation of the wisdom of traditions, the beauty of the spirit and the art of diverse communities, through puppet performances, exhibits and classes.