Spring has Sprung!

We’re gearing up for our 16th Annual Giant Summer Spectacle!

We would LOVE to win!

INDY Week’s 2015 Best of the Triangle “Live Theater Company”

We can do it with your help!

1. Go to Indy’s Best of the Triangle voting site here

2. Click “Vote Here Now”

3. To the left there will be an option to “Pick a Category”, choose “Out & About”

4. Click “Live Theater Company”

5. Type in “Paperhand Puppet Intervention”

6. Vote for 24 of your other favorite people, places and things!

(You must vote in at least 25 categories for your vote to count)

This is a tremendous opportunity for us. 

Thank you for helping us grow by reaching more people!

"The Painted Bird" 2014 Photo by Joshua Gira

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

Relive the Memories of last years performance!

View photos of our 2014 spectacle “The Painted Bird” here

“The Painted Bird” 2014. Photo by Joshua Gira

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet company based out of Saxapahaw, NC located on the beautiful Haw River.

We create a diverse range of puppets – giant papier-mâché heads, cardboard flats, rod puppets, intricate shadow puppetry and much more! 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.

Below is our 2014 Kickstarter Campaign video. We’ll have another Kickstarter fundraiser in 2015!

“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!

“Love and Robots” 2009 winter


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Upcoming Events!

Sun April 12-18: Indie Grits Festival
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: TAPPS Art Center, Main Street, Columbia, SC, USA
Description: Indie Grits Festival: More than a film festival full of youthful audacity, Indie Grits, now in its ninth year, is a showcase for the very best of the Southeast’s cinematic, artistic, culinary and musical talent. Paperhand window installation at TAPPS Art Center

Sun April 19: Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: 3:00 pm
Location: Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro, NC
Description: A music lovers’ paradise, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art, & education. 4 days, 4 stages, & over 60 bands in beautiful, green Chatham County! Join Paperhands parade at 2:00 pm on April 19th!

Thurs April 23-24: SwitchPoint 2015 Global Health Conference
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw, NC
Description: SwitchPoint focuses on great ideas, tools, and people making a real difference in the world in areas such as humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology. The conference seeks collaboration among unusual parties, bringing together the brightest thinkers and entrepreneurs from multiple industries to innovate and collaborate on solutions to critical issues.
Find out more: http://www.switchpointideas.com
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/696688387091718/

Wed April 25 - Thurs April 26 Festival of Legends
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: Storybook Farm, Chapel Hill, NC
Description: A celebration of the mythic arts and the magic of life itself. It is a playground for the imagination – for children as well as adults – and an escape from the mundane world. It is a journey to the romantic by-gone eras that never were, and an exploration of the fantastical realms that have always been. The natives are magicians and musicians, acrobats and comedians, artists and crafters, proud knights and fairytale creatures.
Info here: http://www.festivaloflegends.com
On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/festivaloflegends

Fri May 1 - Sun May 3: French Broad River Festival
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: Hot Springs, NC
Description: A benefit for American Whitewater, The Mountain Area Child & Family Center and Hot Springs Community Learning Center. Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists. Enjoy shopping for new outdoor gear at the Live Auction or with one of our many art and craft vendors. Try participating in the "Paddle with the Pros", the Annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, or the Annual French Broad River Raft Race. Come on out for a weekend of fun, family, art, music and adventure!
More info: http://www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/French-Broad-River-Festival/131681250239600

Fri May 8 - Sun May 10: Artisphere
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: 12:00 am
Location: 16 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Description: Celebrating the arts and this area’s rich international and multicultural flair by providing a high-quality event that attracts, entertains, educates, inspires and enriches a diverse audience and thus brings the community together through the arts.
More info: http://www.artisphere.us
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artisphere-Arts-Culture-Life/61779564223

Tues May 12: Interns First Day
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 5:00 pm
Location: 6079 Saxapahaw Swepsonville Rd Saxapahaw, NC 27340
Description: Paperhand's Interns of our 2015 Pageant-Extravaganza arrive! We're excited to meet you in person!

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Stay in the know about performances and opportunities to be involved.

Email: Donovan Zimmerman here with the subject “Add me to the Mailing List!”


Spork in Hand Puppet Slam

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