PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION

CREATING.  INSPIRING.  INSTIGATING.

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Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years we have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stiltcropped-Paperhand-logo1.jpeg dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more!

Our 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 create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

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

SUMMER SHOW

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an 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. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people!

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

Take a look at our past Summer Shows here.

From “A Drop in the Bucket”. Paperhand’s 2015 Summer Show. Video by Dilip Barman.


JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

We’d love for you to keep in touch and join us throughout the year!

Email martique@paperhand.org with the subject: “Add me to the email list!”


"A Drop in the Bucket". Photo by Lee Capps

“A Drop in the Bucket”. Photo by Lee Capps

INDY WEEK names Paperhand one of the

Nine Great Local Theater Performances of 2015

“Paperhand Puppet Intervention: A Drop in the Bucket (Forest Theatre)—One of the strongest shows in Paperhand’s 16 years of puppet pageants reminded us of what the I Ching calls the taming power of the small. Adults revisited the vivid worlds of imagination they knew as children, tiny towns raised their political voices, and a chorus of owls asked gentle, insistent questions about our future. Jennifer Curtis’ soundscape was a bonus.”


Forest Theatre crowd

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR 2016 SUMMER SHOW!

At the Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28. Sept 2-4. Labor Day: Sept 5
Matinees Sun: Aug 21, 28 & Sept 4 

At the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), Raleigh, NC
Sept 9-11

At The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Sept 17-18. Matinee Sun Sept 18

Have questions! Visit our Q&A page here.


“THE LONGEST NIGHT: A WINTER’S TALE”

Extended till February 21st!

Click here for showtimes and details

What is a fulldome film at a planetarium? These shows started popping up at planetariums during the 1990s. Suites of nifty new projectors meant you could suddenly do more with your dome than just throw a few dots up on the ceiling. Instead, you could project a movie – but not any ordinary movie. A fulldome film extends beyond the confines of the traditional cinema screen, presenting moving images that both fly over your head and creep up on you from behind. Fulldome really is film in the round.


 

SEE OUR FULL YEAR CALENDAR HERE.

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SUMMER SHOW, BIG NEWS.

Greensboro Here We Come! Sept 16-18, 2016!

In 2016 we will spread the puppet love and expand our summer show beyond the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh…to the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro! For the first time will travel away from our homes and our families with a heap of puppeteers, puppets, props, and musicians and bring our summer extravaganza to another city!

Please tell your friends! We’d love to see them Greensboro this coming summer!


 

Photo from "A Drop in the Bucket" by bellbottombleu

Photo from “A Drop in the Bucket” by bellbottombleu

Thank you, thank you, for making this world a better place by bringing so much joy, inspiration and creative thinking as we watched fabulous productions. All ages share this together, and that’s another bonus!

Robert and Janice
Marveling for ten years with you


Our 2015 Paperhand Puppet Auction & Dance party was INCREDIBLE!

Thank you to all who attended, your fabulous bids, your playful spirits and your delightfully delicious dance moves! Send us photos from the evening and of your puppet treasure in it’s new home to martique@paperhand.org – We wanna see!

View all the fun photos here!


WE ARE ACTIVE YEAR ROUND!

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!


Centro’s annual Day of the Dead 5k & Street Festival

PAPERHAND IS AVAILABLE FOR…

Visit our Hire Us page for more details!

Parades
Puppet Roving
Events
Celebrations
Puppet Rental
Puppet Installation
Performance
Collaborations
Commissions
Workshops
Educational Opportunities
Residencies



"The Painted Bird" 2014. Photo by Deborah Amaral.

“Love and Robots” 2009 winter

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!