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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
interactive puppets!

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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!



“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

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