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Clark Studio Theater

7th floor of the Rose Building
West 65th St
New York , NY
Campfire: For Audiences on the Autism Spectrum

Buatti-Ramos Photography

Campfire: For Audiences on the Autism Spectrum *

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

April 15 - 30, 2017
April 15, 22, 23, 29, and 30th at 11am and 2:00pm

Somewhere in the city, there is a tent. Inside this tent, there is an entire forest. And inside every tree trunk, and under every rock, there is a story. Trusty Sidekick invites you to gather around the campfire. Together we’ll gaze through our binoculars, look for shooting stars, and entertain porcupines with a good joke. This intimate multisensory theater experience for audiences on the autism spectrum and their families will use innovative puppetry and immersive staging to conjure the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of a vibrant forest.

Based in New York City, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company creates bold, original productions for young people and their families. Rooted firmly in the belief that kids deserve theater that ignites their imaginations and makes them think about the world in a new way, the company creates work that is multidisciplinary, and its ensemble of collaborators includes artists trained in physical theater, puppetry, music, dance, animation and video projection.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2017)

Miller Theater at Columbia University

2960 Broadway, at 116th Street
New York, NY

The Bremen Town Band *

Designer & Director - Lake Simons

May 6, 2017
2:00pm & 5:00pm

The Grimm fairytale of the town musicians of Bremen tells of a ragtag band of four farm animals, nearing the end of their useful lives as beasts of burden and longing for an encore career as performers. The quartet—a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster—sets out on the road to Bremen, and we join their journey in this brand new work of puppet theater, featuring an original score by Courtney Bryan. Equally at home with jazz and classical styles, Bryan pens a score that transposes the tale to today, while director and designer Lake Simons animates the lovable creatures and their surprising, hilarious, and touching tale of friendship.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2017)

New 42nd Street Studios

229 West 42nd Street
New York, NY

Grug and the Rainbow *

Windmill Theatre Co.

May 13 - 21, 2017
Saturday May 13 & 20 - 10:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday May 14 & 21 - 10:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Tickets start at $20

What does Grug love most? Adventures! The beloved burrawang-born bloke from Down Under returns in GRUG AND THE RAINBOW, an all-new colorful tale. Leaping from the pages of the celebrated series of picture books, Grug, with the help of his friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, sets off on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Featuring playful puppetry and imaginative storytelling, Grug and his mates bound onto the stage and into a host of hilarious situations.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2016)

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Central Park West & 79th Street, within Central Park
New York, NY

The Princess, the Emperor and the Duck

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

starting February 7, 2017
Tuesday-Friday 10:30am & 12:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm
$8/children and $12/adults.

A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales.

The Pit Peoples Improv Theater

123 E 24th St.
New York, NY



April 9 - May 28, 2017
5pm: April 9th
2pm: April 16, April 23, April 30
May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28

Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly and puppet-filled musical about saving the world from environmental disaster!

In a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard, a young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Valley of the Trolls, the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in the valley - and the fate of the world hangs in the balance!

In this reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, audiences of all ages are inspired to love the world and are called to action to save it. The looming threats of the fossil fuel industry and the value of activism are tackled with buoyant physical comedy, creating a message that is clear to children and relevant to adults.


338 Sixth Ave. at 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY
The Reluctant Dragon, protesting mistreatment of his species

The Reluctant Dragon


April 22 - August 20, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays
12:30pm & 2:30pm
$9 child, $10 adult

Lessons about overcoming stereotypes abound in this marionette adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's 1898 tale, complete with a soundtrack out of the 1930s. The story follows the friendship between a brave girl and a shy dragon who thwart a plan to steal the town's sheep. Ages 3 and up.

Minskoff Theatre

200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY


The Lion King

Julie Taymor - Director

Sundays 3:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm , Wednesdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Thursdays 8:00pm , Fridays 8:00pm , Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Disney's Tony-winning show continues to dazzle at the Minskoff. Any child who hasn't yet seen it must catch director Julie Taymor's wildly imaginative puppet spectacle. A cast of 46 sings the Elton John-Tim Rice score, which tells the story of Simba, a cub destined to be king of his pride.

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.