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West Michigan
Relationship to Puppetry
Professional for 40 years
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
Howdy Doody and other early TV appearances by master puppeteers
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Bil Baird
More About Me:
With a BA in English from Williams College, MA, minoring in Theater, Music and Philosophy, Bill has pursued a lifelong career in the arts. He is an painter, sculptor, mask-maker, playwright, poet, director, actor and puppeteer. Due to the synergy of these disciplines entailed in puppetry, Bill settled on that art form as his principle focus during 25 years living in Chicago. There he eventually established a small storefront theater, founded a not-for-profit company called AnimART, created and presented puppet productions for both adult and children’s audiences and toured them all over the city and from coast to coast. A highlight of those years was his collaboration with the Chicago Symphony to create a large-scale puppet presentation for the purpose of teaching families about the orchestra and some of its repertoire: Music for All Seasons premiered on the stage of Orchestra Hall to packed houses and standing ovations. Bill has written four full-length dramas for adults, one adaptation, twelve plays for children, two collections of poetry, several one-acts, essays and short stories. He currently resides in Fennville, Michigan, where he has established a small studio and continues to create in all these art forms.
My Company/Troupe/Group
AnimART Puppet Theater, Chicago (1981-1994), Doctor Sunshine's Puppet Theater (touring, 1972 -1994)
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
PofA, West Michigan Puppetry Guild, Chicagoland Puppet Guild (formerly)

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Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 1:46pm on November 3, 2009, Brad Lowe said…
Welcome to the Hub Bill
At 3:09pm on November 3, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Hi Bill, Welcome to puppet hub When are some of you western Michigan folks going to make it to Potlatch?
Say Hi to Joe for me!
At 7:22pm on November 28, 2009, Joseph Emory said…
Welcome to Puppet Hub
At 7:21pm on November 29, 2009, Joseph Emory said…
I hope I can make but with my travel schedule I can't say until a day before anything. I'll shoot you a note in case I can. Thanks for the invite. I look forward to it if I can make it.
At 8:02pm on December 3, 2009, James "Jimmy" Eisenberg said…
Welcome to "Puppet Hub"
At 6:43pm on December 5, 2009, James "Jimmy" Eisenberg said…

If you don't like the idea of being in front of the stage performing with a ventriloquist dummy,You might consider a costume.

You must check out this website www.mrdeadguy.com He is one of my favorites,
And Mr.dead guy builds all his own puppets. Such a talent!!!

At 4:36am on December 10, 2009, Joseph Emory said…
Didn't get to make it but please keep me posted on them. I travel a lot with work so I never know when I'm going to be in town.
At 5:38pm on January 7, 2010, Terry Robinson said…
Hi Bill, Thanks for the head's up. I would love to see some photos of your traveling rig. Nice photos of the mold making process. My son is very much interested in learning about casting. I've tried to help but my knowledge is limited. Forty years? You have lived my dream.
Dr. Solar
AKA: Terry Robinson
At 3:37pm on January 11, 2010, Jessica Townsend said…
LOL Doomsday Circus. How delightfully dark.
At 12:22pm on June 8, 2010, Michael Schwabe said…
Re: Charleville. Sure, I'll have a look at for you. It's important to fill it out as completely as possible. Because you are fully self-contained, the application should be easy, but the manner in which you answer those questions that don't apply is as important as how completely you address those questions that do. We are planning to tape the first scene of the show so on top of getting Village Puppeteers ready for the summer, I have to get Mrs. Zero up and running. Do you have some tape on Goochy? If not, I'll help you with some snippets. I found out that they would like some kind of visual support for the application. I think photos might suffice - I'll look into this. Mike

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