Hinterhands Puppet Company aims to create intimate performance and arts education experiences, inviting people to reflect deeply on relationship to each other, to place and to spirit. Hinterlands translates into and refers to “the lands behind.” Hinterhands refers to the seen or unseen hands behind the puppet, behind the mystery of creating, hinting at something alive.

Puppet Camp OUT

Through a series of workshops from February 2024 – June 2024, up to ten participants will learn several forms of small-scale puppetry, explore telling their stories using puppetry and create a collaborative performance with this exploration.

The project will be led by Bart Buch, hinterhands’ Artistic Director and a queer puppet artist with 25 years of experience. Seth Eberle, a queer puppet artist, will also be a lead artist on the project. Seth and Bart will be working with a team of other puppet artists and queer artists from other disciplines.

Of the program participants, youth will be 14-20 years old and adults will be 60+ years old. For the pilot of this program, we are keeping the participant number low to establish a successful process that is responsible to the artists and participants.

Throughout the workshops, participants will develop their own story, get to know each other’s stories, learn puppet forms, receive mentorship from queer artists and puppet artists, and develop one short collaborative puppetry piece together.

Workshops will happen at Pilsbury House+Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

Download the Application (word doc)

The Puppet Camp OUT Application is due January 26.

Please fill out and send to [email protected]

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Wish Work Puppet Series

Wish Work, a program of Hinterhands Puppet Company, is puppet theatre for young audiences focused on telling stories working toward making the world the way we wish it to be. Performances will be held on Saturday mornings from 10:30AM-11:30AM. Each month will have a new show with a suggested donation of $5-$10 per person. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Scroll down for upcoming performances.

Performances are held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 2742 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

We wish to do the work of hammering the stardust of our world into puppet performances and workshops for young audiences, inspiring them to shape the stardust they are given into their wishes for the future.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts
Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Penguin in My Pocket

By Kurt Hunter Marionettes

February 3, 2024

Penguin in My Pocket tells the fun-filled and quirky tale of a penguin scientist who crash lands in the jungle when her experimental jetpack fails and how she works with an artistic monkey to find her way home. This solo-puppeteer production features marionettes, rod puppets, audience members’ puppeteering participation, and a musical concertina.

Created and performed by puppeteer and engineer Kurt Hunter, Penguin in My Pocket highlights the importance of imagination in both art and science.

Director: Laura Wilhelm

Costume Designer: Robert Graff

Composer: Arthur Clyde

Creative Consultant: Paul Mesner (assistance with painting and costuming)

Music: Kathy Hunter

*The production of Penguin in My Pocket was supported by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.

Wish! Wonder! Wow! Puppet Fun

February 10, 2024

Join for a series of short puppet shows created by community members! Prepare to be WOWed by goldfish, WONDER what a balloon is thinking, and WISH to make the world the way we want it to be!

If you are interested in performing, reach out to hinterhands by emailing [email protected].

Lupita Doesn’t Want to Sleep

February 17, 2024

by Julie & Gustavo Boada

This is a story about a feisty little girl who always finds a way to keep playing when it is time to go to sleep. The show highlights the joyful moments of parent-child relationships. Performed in English and Spanish.

Fall Wish Work Shows

Star Turtle

By Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

October 21 from 10:30AM-11:30AM

Join Turtle & Wabbit for a musical adventure into the Cherokee language.

Race through time and space with Dagsi Turtle & Jisdu Wabbit on their quest to help Grandmother Turtle.

Sing along and you, too, will help keep alive the Cherokee language!

This live performance by award-winning performers of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Chris Griffith (Cherokee Nation) and Shari Aronson also includes a sneak peek of their Star Turtle web series, nominated for “Best Family Series” and “Best Web Series” by Minnesota WebFest.

Recommended for ages 4+

The Playground Adventures of Miss Rosie Jones

By Felicia Cooper

October 28 from 10:30AM-11:30AM

Rosie Jones is a young girl whose imagination keeps getting away from her- and she trains it to come back! Along the way, Rosie asks questions of the built environment and learns about how the world works by building with simple machines. Join this new puppet adventures on the puppet playground created by puppeteer Felicia Cooper.

The Box King

By Seth Eberle

November 4 from 10:30AM-11:30AM

Told with hand carved marionettes and a transforming cardboard box, The Box King is a family show following two kingdoms.
One with a queen and a kingdom that is clean and very well organized. One with a king and a kingdom that is incredibly forgetful but full of the happiest people you will ever meet.

These two kingdoms are joined together through the marriage of their leaders. But, what happens when the king loses the queen and cannot remember who anyone is any longer? Is putting everything and everyone into boxes the way to keep things organized, or is there more to an organized kingdom?