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.

Wish Work Puppet Series

All performances are from 1PM-2PM at 2742 15th Ave S in Minneapolis, MN. 

Upcoming Performances:

June 18.  The Ants Who Wanted to Fly.

Two ants want to fly very badly, so they wait for an egg to hatch, thinking it will be a bird they can hitch a ride on. They are disappointed when they find a caterpillar has hatched out of the egg, but they keep waiting and watching to figure out how to fly. Follow the ants as they discover the joy of the natural world!
The Ants Who Wanted to Fly is developed, performed, and has puppets constructed by Seth Eberle. Performance was directed by Anne Sawyer.

July 9.  How to Know a Whale.  

This show is a whale of a time and a (very) loose homage to Moby-Dick if Ishmael was a hyper-curious eleven-year-old girl and the whale was a little friendlier! With the help of her stuck submarine, How to Know a Whale explores her perspective in isolated circumstances, a maker’s approach, and our relationship to the ocean. Join us underwater for shadow puppets, object performance, and original music as we search for a whale

Suitable for kids 5-12, How to Know a Whale uses shadow puppets from an overhead projector, object performance in a suitcase, and original music from Juliana Carr. Calling on traditional performance techniques updated with new technology, this show sparks curiosity in kids and parents alike.
This show is supported in part by the Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts, Connecticut Sea Grant, and the UConn Women’s League.
How to Know a Whale is written and performed by Felicia Cooper.

August 13.  To Be Determined. 

Wish Work Logo Black and White FINAL

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 monthly on Saturday afternoons from 1PM-2PM. 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.

We wish to do the work of hammering the stardust of our world into the shape that is best for the young audiences our work is intended for, giving them the chance to shape the stardust they are given into their wishes in the future.

Puppet Camp OUT

Through a series of 8 two-hour workshops from September 2021-December 2021, six participants will learn several forms of small-scale puppetry and explore telling their story or another queer story using puppetry to create a five-minute performance of this exploration.

The project will be led by Bart Buch, hinterhands’ Artistic Director and a queer puppet artist with 25 years of experience, working with a team of five other puppet artists: Masanari Kawahara, Seth Eberle, Kallie Melvin, Mary Jo Nikolai and Andrew Young.

Of the six program participants, three will be 14-20 years old and three 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 Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, 2742 15th Ave. S. in Minneapolis.


Download the Application (word doc)

The Puppet Camp OUT Application is due August 25th.
Please fill out and send to [email protected]