The Bike Zoo unveiled its first creations at the First Night Austin 2005 street festival on New Year’s Eve. The Bike Zoo has grown very rapidly and we now see the one-of-a-kind hand-built creations wandering the grounds of international festivals along with many educational trips into schools and museums in the US and Mexico. Bike Zoo took part in Austin’s sister city Saltillo’s International Parade and Festival July of 2015. Millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo since its inception and the group looks forward to visiting every city and representing Texas proudly! The Bike Zoo presents a magical show for people of all ages, a unique addition to any festival or event, or as a placemaking option for a public space, environmental, arts, or science event. The ever-growing menagerie of hand-built creatures can act as a stage or a mobile activity booth, and seats many people, including guests with special needs. Photo: New York Hall of Science.
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $5000 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $15000
The Carranzas are a husband and wife team. They delight in working with children in the schools and in bringing children’s literature to life through the puppetry arts. They strive to stay true to children's literature by not fracturing stories. Mr. and Mrs. Carranza started out in puppetry as a hobby in 1977. They are founding members of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild and serve as officers, and are also members of The Puppeteers of America. They have performed and lectured at Puppeteers of America festivals and at various regional puppetry festivals throughout the country. The lavish costumes, sets, and the beautiful marionettes all add to the wonder and magic of Carranza Puppets’ productions. The plays, for the most part, have original, fully orchestrated music. "Hansel and Gretel" (2015-2016 season) is a marionette play based on the original German fairy tale. "Cinderella" (2016-2017 season) is a marionette production with gorgeous period costumes and original music. The Carranzas also have other classic stories from children's literature in their repertoire.
12514 Maxim Drive
Houston, TX 77065
public performance/concert $729 - $1500
school performance $529 - $1500
optional service consultant $500 - $1000
optional service workshops $250 - $500
Is she a puppeteer? A ventriloquist? A storyteller? A comedian? A singer? A magician? A clown? Margaret Clauder is all that and more. Margaret puts fun and humor into every one of her children’s shows. Children laugh as they learn important points such as what a rhyming word is or that books can be fun. Trained in theater, her puppetry and ventriloquism skills will entice children to pay close attention as magic and mayhem ensue. A former teacher, Margaret knows kids and knows how to reach them, never boring them. She has over 20 years of experience entertaining and educating children. All programs include storytelling, puppets, and ventriloquism. Available programs include: Reading and Rhyming with Mother Goose, Let's Read with THE Bookworm, I Detect a Tale with Detective Imma Sleuth, Fiesta de Mexico with Senorita Margarita, Weather Wonders with Maggie the Meteorologist, and Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie. All programs tie in with children's books to promote literacy. All programs utilize Margaret's artistic skills of puppetry and ventriloquism, and may include storytelling, music, and special effects (magical moments). For public schools TEKS-aligned study plans are provided.
916 Wayland Drive
Arlington, TX 76012
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $495 - $895
optional service after school balloon sculpture workshop $200 - $300
Le Theatre de Marionette
Le Theatre de Marionette’s repertoire of storybook classics and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Known for its theaters operating from 1990-2004 in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Le Theatre’s DFW-based touring company performs in a multitude of small and large venues from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, civic centers, and festivals. Featuring one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, Le Theatre’s cabaret and bridge performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to round out the Le Theatre experience. Clients select online from among three levels, or tiers, of shows such as storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Levels I and II offer cabaret, or open stage performances characterized by visible, black-clad puppeteers. Larger venues might opt for the company's bridge productions, featuring long-strung marionettes, sets and drops and stage lighting. All Le Theatre puppets are designed and crafted in Flower Mound, Texas by numerous artists.
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
phone 469/744-3436; 214-761-SHOW
public performance/concert $475 - $3000
school performance $475 - $950
Gregory Ruhe is the owner and director of Puppet Pizzazz, a Houston-based puppetry performance company. Sharing his passion of puppetry worldwide has been a career for Greg for the last thirty years. As well as touring to educational institutions with extraordinary puppet performances, he conducts workshops on puppet making, manipulation, and TEKS integration. When not working in schools, Greg performs at special events with unique larger-than-life puppet characters that are "the life of the party." Greg is on the touring roster for Young Audiences of Houston and is a teaching artist for International Schools Theatre Association. Offerings include “Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry”: Puppeteer Greg interweaves entertaining puppet characters, while sharing behind the scene secrets used to create and manipulate them; “African Tales and Puppet Pizzazz”: Mr. Greg shares his real life adventures of teaching puppetry in the Sudan, while sharing puppets and stories inspired by his journey into Africa; and “Rhyme, Reason, and Shadow Puppetry”: The Wheels on the Bus, Mother Goose, and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting shadow puppet action.
1718 Alamo Street
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $425 - $850
school performance $425 - $850
After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75765
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400