About The Puppetry Institute!
The Puppetry Institute is a non-profit art center located within
the Capitola Mall, in Capitola, California!
Our goal is to promote creativity and make it accessible to all; while teaching valuable skills and providing a safe space for exploration.
We are open to families, kids 8+, and adults alike!
Paid classes and donations help support our mission to bring art to under-served and at-risk youth, and to make the world a cooler place
one puppet at a time!
Our Mission Statement
The Puppetry Institute serves the Central Coast, and surrounding areas, giving all who walk through the doors a chance to experience first hand the beauty and wonder of an art form that encompasses all the other arts into one. Through the support of students and patrons, we make the art available to every one with a desire to bring their imaginations to life!
We plan to do this through 3 different approaches:
Scholarships - Education - Performances
Creativity is a powerful outlet for healing, yet material expenses can be a road-block for those who need it most.
For each paid class, one third of class fees goes into our sponsor-ship program! Sponsorship programs are open to youth from challenging or low-income living situations.
We work with CASA and Jacob's Heart to bring children's dreams to life!
Contact us to see if you may qualify!
Explore puppetry through workshops, classes, and demonstrations. Puppetry is more then just a sock with googly eyes -- it's design, construction, movement, masks, sewing -- the list goes on.
We offer a wide variety of classes in puppetry, theater, and FX skills, that cannot only be counted as art credits but also math, science, and engineering. We have 1000 sq ft space where students can learn in a lively and creative environment; or, we can do 1 and 2 hr pop-up classes at a location of your choosing.
All classes are fit for any skill level, scholarships available for under-served/economically disadvantaged kids k-12 from through-out the Central Coast region.