Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Puppet Showplace Inc.

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Brookline, MA


Puppet Showplace Theater is dedicated to presenting outstanding professional puppetry to diverse audiences through performances, workshops, and community outreach activities.

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Cat Meilus

Main Address

32 Station Street

Brookline, MA 02445 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Theater (A65)

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Youth/Family Puppet Performances

Puppetry Arts Education Programs

Mary Churchill Memiral Fund/Outreach to Underserved Schools

Puppet Incubator / New Works Development / Artist in Residence

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Puppet Showplace uses the art of puppetry to provide the highest quality entertainment and educational experiences to audiences of all ages.  It is our responsibility to help mold the performing arts audiences of the future, while challenging older audiences to look at the world through fresh eyes.The theater has spent the Great Recession building its infrastructure and refining its programming.  With the improving economy we are now poised to capitalize on this foundation and expand the reach of the theater. Our goal is to make audiences aware of the amazing breadth of expression possible through puppetry and improve the quality of New England's professional puppeteers.  Our classes, workshops and play development programs are all designed to accomplish this.   The measure of our success will be in the changing attitudes of audiences, who will come to see puppetry as an integral part of the performing arts landscape in the region.   

We are currently expanding the board of trustees and developing new sources of income.  With additional resources we can further expand our educational offerings and provide the human resources necessary to staff the expanding programs.

Puppet Showplace is run by an experienced staff of three early-career professionals with degrees in Arts Administration and Theater Education.  A roster of 50 professional touring puppet companies perform on a regular basis and provide workshops to an audience of 24,000 patrons annually.  The core audience of Greater Boston residents is made up of parents who remember coming to Puppet Showplace as children and are eager to pass on the sense of wonder they experienced at the theater to their children.  The volunteer board of trustees reflects the broad demographics of the region and a wide range of ages and professions.  They are a hard working transitional board eager to develop a more professional board that can partner with staff to raise the profile and financial stability of the organization. 

The theater's progress is measured by the expanding programs, the elimination of debt, and the improvement of the audience experience.  In the past year the debt has been reduced by 50%.  A new treasurer has instituted monthly reporting that is helping staff reach realistic goals on a monthly basis.The theater's traditional reliance on ticket sales alone is being replace with substantial fundraising efforts and outreach to local businesses for sponsorships.  By fiscal 2016 the theater is hoping to have half of the programming underwritten by sponsors.  At the same time the educational programming will be expanded to provide additional income to the operations. 

Puppet Showplace Theater has been in existence for 40 years, but as an organization it is entering adolescence.  It is experiencing the growing pains of any organization at this stage of development, but the staff and board all realize the changes that need to be made to accomplish the growth that they strive for. 

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Puppet Showplace Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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