Colorful puppets (taller than a person) dancing in the courtyard as people watch all around them

Photo by Peter Turman

Family Programs

Skirball Puppet Festival

A Celebration of Stories Brought to Life

Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.*

About the Program

The Skirball’s fourth annual celebration of the art of puppetry features live music, art making, and new and classic tales told through marionettes, shadow and full-body puppets, and more pageant puppets than ever before!

This campus-wide, daylong festival brings together talented puppeteers and artists from all over the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles. Bring the whole family to enjoy imaginative storytelling and innovative craft. Cap the day off by joining in a grand procession of puppets!

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Show details


Coyote Rising enchant festivalgoers with stunningly large tree puppets.

Fratello Marionettes perform a musical rendition of “Aladdin.”

Sarah Frechette’s Czech marionettes depict the story of Wilson Bentley, pioneer of snowflake photography.

Leslie K. Gray performs stories with pageant puppets.

Joshua Holden and his sock puppet Mr. Nicholas learn to celebrate their differences in this whimsical show.

Jamie Kim tells a multicultural tale with a mix of folk puppets.

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ puppets recount the South American story “The Fox and the Bottle Tree.”

Todd McClain aka “Captain Tall Tale” roams the campus on stilts.

Grayson Morris tells three folktales using hand-painted two-dimensional puppets.

Natural History Museum return with their awesomely large prehistoric puppets.

One Grain of Sand Puppet Theater, featuring Beth Peterson, brings the wow factor with a stable of majestic pageant puppets. 

Rogue Artists Ensemble interprets three new stories from the book Zen Shorts using puppets and multimedia.

Sea Beast Puppet Company delights with pop-up performances of tiny musical puppet shows.

Strings & Things Puppet Theatre enacts musical stories through shadow puppetry.

Penelope Torribio brings an interactive display of puppets from around the world.

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