Paperhand Puppet Intervention + Nnenna and Pierce Freelon Return for ONE NIGHT ONLY

Our 23rd annual show, Where Our Spirits Reside, is written and scored with Grammy-nominated mother and son Nnenna & Pierce Freelon.

We will return for one night on February 14, 2024 at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) for the Durham LoveRaiser! Profits of this show will go to the NorthStar Church of the Arts and Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

For details, head to our Summer Show web page.


Greetings, beautiful puppet-loving people! We are infused with renewed energy and excitement to create and put on the best summer show ever! For our Kickstarter, “207 backers pledged $31,339 to help bring this project to life.” Wow!! You helped us to not only reach but exceed our goal. We are so very grateful for your support. The fund-raiser is over, but the hard work to develop the show is just getting started. To the studio!!!

Nnenna Freelon and her son Pierce have joined our creative team!

Nnenna Freelon and her son Pierce have joined our team! Multi GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a captivating live performer. Pierce Freelon is a GRAMMY® nominated musician, author, and educator from Durham, NC.

Nnenna and Pierce joined Paperhand last winter in the Dominican Republic for the puppet-making residency done in collaboration with the Mariposa Foundation and Nnenna performed in the ‘Butterfly Extravaganza’ show, lending her beautiful voice and wisdom to the experience.


Also featured in this year’s show, the moving poetry of Chapel Hill poet laureate CJ Suitt and NC Poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green! You don’t want to miss the magic being generated here.


Thanks so much to those of you who donated to our Kickstarter campaign, which is providing us with the funds we need to develop the show and pay the folks involved. Our work continues after the show! That’s a time when we need your support to help sustain our efforts. We do hope to obtain grants to help support our creative work, including visits to schools and community centers for puppet-making residencies.

IRS tax-deductible donations can be made to support our creative work through the Haw River Assembly, which is acting as a fiscal sponsor for us. They have a PayPal link dedicated to us on the bottom of their webpage.

Make a donation to Paperhand HERE.

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