2016 La MaMa Puppet Series

September 24 - November 06, 2016



Series Curator: Denise Greber

In 1962, Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. This began La MaMa’s long love affair with all things puppetry. The form has been an integral part of La MaMa's artistic vision ever since. The La MaMa Puppet Series showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by American and international artists in all four of La MaMa's theaters.

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La MaMa Kids: The Adventures of Seucy and Boto – In Repertory

Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company


September 24 - October 2 | in The Club 

The Adventures of Seucy and Boto uses dance, puppetry and music to tell mythological stories from the Amazon Jungle. Created and performed by Loco 7, this popular family-friendly series will play all of The Adventures in repertory, including the world premiere of a new episode. 

La MaMa Kids: Heather Henson’s Craft & Storytelling Workshop

With IBEX Puppetry


October 8 | at 66 E 4th Street

Join Heather Henson and Ibex Puppetry in a playful exploration of the endangered Whooping Cranes of North America. This workshop illustrates the way Indigenous people participate in the dance of the crane and reveal the interconnection of the ecosystem shared by cranes and humans.

The God Projekt

Lone Wolf Tribe


September 30 - October 16 | in The Ellen Stewart  Theatre

Alone in a barren paradise, God the Father struggles with dementia as he tries to manage his divine office. While juggling an unending flow of prayer requests, he uncovers an ancient secret he'd rather remain forgotten: what happened to the Mother Goddess who once shared his heavenly throne?

Coffeehouse Chronicles #136: Theodora Skipitares

Moderated by JoAnne Akalaitis

Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death!

Conceived and Directed By Randolph Curtis Rand


October 8 | in 74A E 4th Street

Coffeehouse Chronicles follows the incredible career of  Theodora Skipitares, an interdisciplinary artist and theater director based in New York. A live panel will be present with archival footage and photographs from Theodora's time at La MaMa.


October 20 - November 6 | in The Ellen Stewart  Theatre

A rainy night in a Genevan castle. Debauched poetry and too much wine. A teenage girl writes a spooky story. On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s creation,Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, Phantasmagoria assembles a swirl of puppetry, biography, and storytelling into a market of ghosts…The dead walk among us.

2016 La MaMa Puppet Slam

Now Accepting Applications

Muntergang and other Cheerful Downfalls!

Great Small Works


October 21 - 22 | in The First Floor Theatre

Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw curates a two-night puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theatre from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This puppet cabaret, challenges artists to make their best short-form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to audiences. Shaw is co-founder of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival. 


October 28 - November 6 | in The First Floor Theatre

Great Small Works revisits the work of radical 20th-century New York City puppeteers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler. In a bilingual Yiddish-English play that uses Maud and Cutler’s satirical puppet scripts and original graphics, together with Great Small Works’ own puppets and projections, as well as The Dybbuk and Mae West, Muntergang is a meditation on historical models for changing power relationships.

La MaMa Puppet Series 2016 is supported by The Jim Henson Foundation, H.B. Henson Fund, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and public support by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Cultural on the Arts.