Puppet Showplace

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The Puppet Showplace Theater is a puppet theater located in Brookline, Massachusetts, United States. It hosts performances for over 20,000 children annually[1] as well as for adults.[2][3][4] It is also the home of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, a guild of the Puppeteers of America.[5]


The Puppet Showplace Theater was founded on June 2, 1974 by teacher and puppeteer Mary Putnam Churchill.[6] She originally intended to perform mainly her own puppet shows, but the storefront theater soon attracted other puppeteers from around New England and farther.[7] In 1980 the theater moved next door, into the historic Building at 30-34 Station Street across from the Brookline Village (MBTA station), where it is currently housed.


  1. ^ "Funded Projects 2007-2011". Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  2. ^ Downs, Andreae (26 October 2010). "Puppets for grownups in Brookline". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ Downs, Andreae (17 June 2010). "Her heroes have always been puppets". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  4. ^ Marie Morris (2006). Frommer's Portable Boston. Frommer's. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-470-00917-8.
  5. ^ "The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry: dedicated to celebrating and advancing the art of puppetry!". Boston Area Guild of Puppetry. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  6. ^ Long, Tom (November 19, 1997). "Mary Churchill, at 66; founded Puppet Showplace in Brookline". The Boston Globe.
  7. ^ Doten, Patti (November 26, 1992). "PUPPETS PULLING THE RIGHT STRINGS IN BROOKLINE". The Boston Globe.

Coordinates: 42°19′58.8″N 71°7′0.7″W / 42.333000°N 71.116861°W / 42.333000; -71.116861