PuppetART Center is located in Detroit’s Theater District, just a few blocks from the Michigan Opera Theater, Music Hall and the Gem and Century Theaters. The Center includes an intimate 70-person theater, a museum that accommodates a growing collection of puppets and a studio featuring various workshops.

Founded in 1998 by a group of puppeteers and artists trained in Moscow & St. Petersburg, all members of the PuppetART troupe are masters of puppetry art theater. PuppetART offers a repertoire of eleven productions, including one created for adult audiences. Performances feature hand, rod, shadow, floor tabletop and string or marionette puppets. All events at PuppetART combine a theater performance, a tour of the museum and a workshop in the studio.

The PuppetART TEAM

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Irina Baranovskaya -

Founder & Executive Director & Artistic Designer

“true happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating new things”

 

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Igor Gozman -

Founder & Artistic Director

“as we ponder the ecology of the universe perspective, humans are the microbes designed to convert material into spiritual” 

 

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Lyudmila Mikheyenko -

Founder & President & Drama Director

“we are all kids at heart”

 

 

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Nicholas Pobutsky -

Puppeteer & Theater Manager

“thread by thread you make a garment”

 

 

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Julien Godman -

Marketing & Development Director

“everything is fluid; embrace the change”

 

 

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Torri Ashford -

Puppeteer & Workshop Facilitator

“puppets reflect our own diversity”

 

 

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Carrie Morris -

Artistic Associate

“I love telling the stories of inanimate objects”

 

 

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Matthew Polzin -

Fieldtrips & Booking Manager

“puppets let us look at ourselves and laugh”

 

 

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Jaclyn Strez

Puppeteer

“to bring to life an inanimate object is a simple expression of a complex phenomenon”

 

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Dave Sanders -

Puppeteer

“for me the most real way to experience life is to invent make-believe worlds to play in”

 

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Maria Mikheyenko -

Music Composer

“where words fail, music speaks”

 

 

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Aaron Timlin -

Puppeteer

“living without dreaming is a waste of a good life; dreaming without doing is a waste of a good dream”

 



Mission Statement:
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