About the Puppet Co.
The mission of the Puppet Co. is to present professionally produced puppet theater reflecting excellence in both performance and visual experience as a means to excite the public about the potential of puppetry.
As a Center for Exploration of the Puppet Arts, the Puppet Co. brings professional puppetry performances to its audience along with supporting puppetry education through classes, workshops, demonstrations, publications, and exhibitions.
the Puppet Co. was founded in 1983 by Allan Stevens and Christopher Piper after Piper auditioned for a production of “Jack and the Beanstalk and Other English Folktales” for which Stevens created the puppets. They produced their first show together, "The Magic Mirror” as a commission for the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, forming the Puppet Co. in the process. In 1987, Piper married MayField Piper, and together, the three created the Puppet Co. Playhouse, originally in the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, with a studio in one of the nearby yurts. In 2004 the playhouse moved to its current location across from the Spanish Ballroom, in the Arcade building.