What's new at
The Puppetry Institute?
Our staff and students are always creating new projects - get daily updates on our facebook!
Want to see our puppets live?
Join us for for our monthly IMAGINARIUM event! Join us at the Capitola mall
1-4 PM on the last Saturday of every month as circumstances allow. Always FREE, with free crafts and
HUGE NEWS for SPRING 2022!
The world keeps turning, and we're still here
adapting along with it!
In 2020 we saw lock downs, mall closures, and a switch to online classes. In 2021 we reopened for limited in-person classes. Now, we are once again open for public visitation and drop-by family workshops!
Visit us in person at the Capitola Mall - at 1855 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
and that's not all...
Good things have been happening at The Puppetry Institute!
After 4 years of being a under the Nonprofit wing of our dear friends at CAOF,
the Institute has gone through the time and expense of becoming our own independent 501 c3!
We are now The Puppetry Institute Inc!
If you’ve ever applied for something like this you know that it is a long & expensive process, which is why we will be eternally grateful to Terry and the rest of the folks at CAOF! We would also like to thank Patrice Keet as well as the The Capitola Mall for all there incredible support!
After 5 years in Santa Cruz we have arrived at this spot and hoping we can last another 50 more. So on top of grants, portions of our performance and workshop sales, private donations are another way to help insure that everyone has access to what we do, no matter what their situation is. You can donate directly, through our PayPal, or become a Patreon for as little as a buck a month and help us continue to make the world a cooler place… One Puppet at a time!
Saturday MARCH 16 - Alice in "steam land"!
Join us 1-4 pm at the Capitola Mall
for FREE crafts, puppetry fun!
July Imaginarium Event!
Cosplayers! Furries! Steampunks! Puppetry!
And best of all DRAGONS!
IMAGINARIUM returns 7/31/21!
After a year-long hiatus, we are back with our monthly celebration of creativity! Join us for FREE crafts, puppetry fun, and an excuse to dress up like its Halloween!
Every LAST SATURDAY of the month
at the CAPITOLA MALL!
INTRODUCING: TPI TV!
Today at the Institute!
We're proud to announce the next step in the Institutes evolution!
TPI TV goes on the air 5/1/2!
Stream any of our classes on your desktop, laptop, mobile device, Amazon Fire Stick AND Roku!
Want to share your own original content?
If you have a Puppetry/Theater Arts/Dance/Acting, class, workshop and/or performance - contact us to see how you can monetize your work and reach a nationwide audience, contact TPI for more details,
and follow our social media for updates!
Congrats Give-Away Winners!
It's our 5 year Anniversary!
I believe that's the foam anniversary...
We're celebrating and you'll be getting the presents in THE GREAT PUPPET GIVEAWAY!
Our give-away officially starts 3/16/21
Update: Congratulations to our winners!
Follow us on social media for to be the first to get informed of future events and giveaways!
For a list of winning participants contact us!
Terra's Puppet Playhouse:
Behind the camera today and keeping the air and surfaces clean! Terra, Star, and I working on a new series of original stories for the 4-6 year old crowd "Terra's Puppet Storytime! Double masked, Star did Terra's amazing makeup, while Terra brought in her cuddly troupe to help with the stories!
Stay tuned for more updates on this web video series!
Social-Distancing related Rules and Updates
Happy summer, we hope you have been staying safe and creative during closures!
We will be open for limited in-person classes by appointment, with heightened safety rules.
Please see our Social Distance policy page for more information on these changes!
Please note that some in-person classes may be modified or unavailable at this time.
Space is limited, so book ASAP!
OR... check out our online classes and get creative at home!
We are not currently open for public visitation, but we can offer tours by appointment.
“I miss being in the same room, especially the younger students, like when they go from a 2D to 3D head,” He shipped out 500 puppetry arts kits and instruction videos to students who were part of the PVUSD/Spectra program.
Students had to create nine puppets in six different styles as part of the “Puppets in Place” program. Putting together puppets involves many things, among them, creativity, math and physics.
“There are tons of lessons,” Vincent said. “It’s so much fun the kids don’t know they’re learning