Lilypad Puppet Theatre

Puppet shows & workshops for all ages!

Juan Manuel is a choreographer with a puppet curious sentiment. He is developing his first fully dance theater and puppet production in May 2021. 

Rose Howard‘s personal and professional work includes unusual and specific sculpture mediums. She frequently works with a mix of fiber, metal, ceramics, wood, found objects, paint, sculpting mediums, reclaimed items, paper, trash, and bric-a-brac. She has built puppets, installed complex, site specific art installations, created wall hangings, hats, soft sculptures, ceramic sculptures, masks, and even decorated a giant rolling muppet cake (for the Broadway musical, Avenue Q). 

Edith McCrea enjoys soft-sculpture, puppetry, writing, drawing, singing, banjo-playing, songwriting, and contra dancing. She is a puppeteer with Magic Garden Puppets, a board-member of the Central NY Waldorf Puppet Guild, and a member of Puppeteers of America. She built and operated puppets for The Cherry Arts’ 2016 production of The Snow Queen. In 2013, the video of her original song, “You’ve Been Fracked!” won First Place in the Artists Against Fracking video-contest sponsored by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. Edith also wrote and directed the song/music video “The Ballad of Dryden,” and composed, directed, and edited “That’s What the Children Say,” the anthem of We Are Seneca Lake.

The Stringpullers – The Stringpullers are Polly and Boris, new to Ithaca from New Haven, Connecticut. Polly trained with Puppetsweat Theater for five years before reviving her grandparent’s company in 2010 with Luna’s Sea, an aquatic puppet show for the American Museum of Natural History. She was joined by Boris in 2017. The Stringpullers build all kinds of puppets for the stage and street, teach puppetry workshops, perform, and produce shows for children and adults. They were delighted to make their Ithaca debut at the 2nd annual Crankie Cabaret in 2018.