Howdy Doody and other early TV appearances by master puppeteers
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
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.
AnimART Puppet Theater, Chicago (1981-1994), Doctor Sunshine's Puppet Theater (touring, 1972 -1994)
PofA, West Michigan Puppetry Guild, Chicagoland Puppet Guild (formerly)
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.
AKA: Terry Robinson
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