Welcome to The Puppetry Institute!
Learn to create: original character costumes, pop-culture Cosplay, props, professional facepaints, mascot and fursuit style costumes, latex masks,- and so much more!
Book classes early, and learn how to create
your perfect dream costume in time for Halloween!
What are you going to be this year? Why settle store bought, when you could become anything you can imagine!
Sneak up on you!
Located at - 1855 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Contact Ricki - (831) 601 9822 or The.Puppetry.Institute@gmail.com
The Puppetry Institute is a non-profit art school located in Capitola, California.
We teach personalized classes for ages 8 to 108 on an extensive range of visual and preforming arts. We will guide you through creating your dream project - and through the process teach art, design, and engineering!
Take home both your own hand-made creations, and new life-long creative skill-sets.
Create puppets, theater effects, costumes, props, animations or movies!
Whatever your idea, we work with you on your own time frame and make it a reality.
Check out what we do!
Making a Better World
The Puppetry Institute is a non-profit organization that believes the arts should be available to all! TPI works along-side CASA and Jacob's Heart to bring the healing powers of art and puppets to those who need it most.
One third of all class fees sponsor
scholarships for low-income students.
Have you ever said to yourself "I wish I could make that"?
Create it at TPI, and gain skills that will last your whole life!
Our workshop is set up for a wide range of both digital and practical projects! Whether your jam is puppet-shows, creature costumes, props from your favorite movie, or animating your own youtube video, you can learn it here!
We are also open for family or group crafting events!
with your idea and hours and availability -
and we will custom-create a class just for you!
Podcast and Live Shows
Doctor Mecurio's Mythical Marvels!
Based off of TPI's own original podcast, each of these incredible, realistic creature puppets has been hand-made at actual monster size! Have your suspension of disbelief blown away by pettable dragons, splashing river monsters, or a yeti that can hug whole families at once!
Contact the doctor himself to bring living dragons to your next event or party, with his troupe of dragoneers. Then, follow the adventures of the crew on our steam-punk adventure podcast.