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Center For Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW at 18th

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The Center is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to puppetry. Since its formation in 1978, it has educated and entertained children and adults through its performances, workshops, museum, and outreach programs.

Three different performance series offer a variety of shows: the Family Series and Summer Fest shows are entirely kid-friendly, while more mature audiences will appreciate the New Direction Series, including the popular Xperimental Puppetry Theater. Children of all ages enjoy the hands-on museum, which houses a collection of puppets, books, posters and videos from around the world and allows visitors to learn how puppetry has influenced religion, people and politics through the ages. Special exhibits focus on particular themes, forms, and styles of puppetry.

The Center offers adult education classes, Create-a-Puppet workshops, lectures, and more. Members-only birthday parties are held in Harlequin Hall by special arrangement, and the facilities may be rented for various events. Puppets are available for purchase in the museum store. The Center for Puppetry Arts serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of the international puppetry organization Union International de la Marionnette.

Center For Puppetry Arts Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by MARTA)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest non-profit theater company dedicated to puppetry in the U.S. Performance schedule varies
  • Ticket Prices: Ticket prices vary, but generally Family tickets are $16 (this includes admission to Create-A-Puppet workshop and museum); tickets to adult and teen performances are $20–$24 (includes museum admission). Special promotions and discount offers are available by signing up for the Center’s e-newsletter
  • Membership: A variety of membership levels (as low as $45/year) include free and substantially discounted shows, events, workshops, etc. Members save up to 45%.

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