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Saturday November 14th
Paperhand Puppet Studio
6079 Saxapahaw-Swepsonville Rd
Saxapahaw, NC 27340

Come one! Come all! Get yourself a puppet or two or ten! How do we store puppets from sixteen years of performances? We don’t! We auction some of them to great homes. The funds raised help support our future creations.

“A Drop in the Bucket” cast and musicians by John Vogler


Congratulations and huge thanks to all the phenomenal folks who made this show possible! It takes a village to make a giant puppet show. To the nearly 200 Kickstarter funders, the nearly 200 people who helped at the studio, and the 30 people in our cast, band, door, and crew…

THANK YOU for a job well done!!!

We had right around 16,000 people pass through our doors over a 6 week run. We’ve been overwhelmed with ecstatic and effusive praise from all ages. We are humbled and just plain stunned at the level of response to this work.

To everyone who touched this show in any way, please accept our heartfelt appreciation and sincere gratitude. We’ll see you next time!

Love and Puppets,
Donovan Zimmerman

Co-Director of “A Drop in the Bucket” & Co-Founder of Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Paperhand audience at The Forest Theatre

Paperhand audience at The Forest Theatre

rural academy theatre_stageThe Rural Academy Theater at Paperhand’s Studio!
Tuesday October 13, 7:30 pm

Performers, musicians & dancers via horse pulled wagon! Bring a blanket to sit on, a coat to wrap up in, cash for the show & all your cheap art needs (Suggested $10 – $20/ KIDS $5 – $10), a friend to share in your delight & snuggle up to, a sense of wonder, good boots & a flashlight to find your way back to your car, bike or horse.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio
6079 Saxapahaw-Swepsonville Rd
Saxapahaw, NC 27340

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"A Drop in the Bucket" 2015. Photo by Katie Williams.

“A Drop in the Bucket” 2015. Photo by Katie Williams.

Upcoming Events

Sat Oct 10, Children’s Festival
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 4:00 pm
Location: Carrington Pavilion 667 Craghead St. Danville, VA 24541
Description: Danville, VA. Join us for a puppet parade, performance and roving! Interactive arts and entertainment. Explore new ideas, see stories come to life, discover the artist in you!

Tues Oct 13: Rural Academy Theater
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm
Location: Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio: 6079 Saxapahaw Swepsonville Rd Saxapahaw, NC 27340
Description: Saxahapaw, NC. 7:30 pm, Paperhand Puppet Studio: 6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Rd, 27340. Performers, musicians & dancers via horse pulled wagon!

Bring a blanket to sit on, a coat to wrap up in, cash for the show & all your cheap art needs (MOST SHOWS ARE SUGGESTED $10 - $20/ KIDS $5 - $10), a friend to share in your delight & snuggle up to, a sense of wonder, good boots & a flashlight to find your way back to your car, bike or horse.

Oct 16-18, SC Jazz Festival
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: Cheraw, SC, USA
Description: Cheraw, SC. Puppet parades at jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie’s historic hometown of Cheraw. Bebop parade, jazz restaurant venues, kids activities, a jazz mass, and more!

Oct 24 and 25, Boo at the Zoo
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: North Carolina Zoo, 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205, United States
Description: Asheboro, NC. Puppet parades and roving at the NC Zoo. Daytime Halloween fun. Trick or treat games, face painting, live entertainment and a children's costume contest!

Sun Oct 25, Durham Symphony Orchestra 2nd Annual Spooktacular
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: 7:00 pm
Location: Northgate Mall, 1058 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701, United States
Description: The Durham Symphony Orchestra returns for its second appearance at Northgate. The 65+ piece orchestras celebrate its 40th year and features Maestro William Henry Curry. Joining the family fun is Paperhand Puppet Intervention performing ghoulish puppet theater for all ages. The event will feature a Halloween costume contest and great ghostly Halloween-inspired music. FREE!


View our Calendar for a full list of events

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CDs of the music are available by direct download. If you would like a download send an email to

The Paperhand Band features the original compositions from “A Drop in the Bucket” by Jennifer Curtis and the virtuosic performance of Eric Kuhn, Robbie Link, Alan Best, Pete Lewis, Laura Grimaldi, Laura Lindsey and Donovan Zimmerman!

Paperhand at Casa Azul's Dia de los Muertos event Photo by Karen Kelley

Paperhand at Casa Azul’s Dia de los Muertos event
Photo by Karen Kelley


Don’t wait until our summer show to see us! Join us for performances, parades, installations, art shows, collaborations and whatever else we get our puppet hands into!

Keep in touch with us through facebook, twitter and our e-mail list!

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

"The Painted Bird" 2014. Photo by Deborah Amaral.Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet company based out of Saxapahaw, NC located on the beautiful Haw River.  For over fifteen years we have "The Painted Bird" 2014been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more! These shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. We allow our creativity to guide us to create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us. Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares not only their picnic blankets, but also their ideas and experiences.

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“The Painted Bird” 2014. Photo by Joshua Gira.

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer Pageant-Play-Spectacle. These performances last about an hour, include a ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers!

Throughout the year we are deeply steeped in our community and take part in public celebrations, parades, weddings, civil support (“interventions”) and general acts of vivacity! We also create learning opportunities, host workshops and spread knowledge of the great world of puppetry!


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Sustain Us

Donate to Paperhand using Paypal!

We believe we add an important component to the fabric of life and we hope you do too! Help us continue bringing incredible low cost “No one turned away because of lack of funds” performances by making a donation.

Among our long list of expenses are: monthly studio rent, utilities, paint, lumber, tools, materials for costumes, theatre rental, sound professional, lighting professional, moving trucks to safely haul the puppets, etc! etc! etc!

We rely on our own practice of frugality, creativity and a huge amount of volunteerism, so no amount is too great or too small.

THANK YOU for keeping Paperhand Puppet Intervention alive and thriving!

"City of Frogs" 2012

“City of Frogs” 2012