about a couple of puppets
A Couple of Puppets is actually a lot of puppets and a bunch of wonderful puppet shows. The company was created in 1990 by Liz Joyce. Since then, over 25 shows for children and their families have been brought to life. Themes such as growing things, saving the environment, along with classic fairy tales with a twist have been added to the long list of puppet shows. Shows are performed live with music and hand-crafted puppets. Every show is portable and ready to come to your theater, school, library or living room. A Couple of Puppets keeps the art of puppetry alive and is happy to share it with you.
about liz joyce
Liz Joyce is an accomplished puppeteer who writes, creates and performs a growing repertoire of works for young audiences and their adults. Subjects include her twists on traditional fairy tales, folktales, educational shows and original creations. Liz is believes that puppetry is the gateway to theater and that this art form breathes beauty and life into storytelling.
Trained as a fine artist, Liz also was certified in Art Education K-12. In the early stages of her career, Liz worked with and apprenticed with Terry Snyder, a master puppeteer from Richmond, Virginia. Her artistic approach to puppetry has also been influenced by European puppetry traditions and the eccentric energy of New York's downtown performance artists. She honed her carving skills working with traditional puppet carvers in Prague, Czech Republic, and often collaborates with other puppeteers in the international puppet community. Liz's puppet operetta, Sing a Song of Sixpence was awarded an UNIMA Citation, the highest award in American puppetry. Since 2001, Liz has hosted many talented puppeteers at Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY where she is founder and artistic director. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Jim Henson Foundation and currently serves on the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York's Board of Directors.
Liz Joyce has performed at Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Symphony Space, Madison Square Park Kids, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, La Mama etc., PS 122, Theatre for the New City, HERE Performing Arts Center, Los Kabayitos Puppet Theater, Puppet Showplace Theatre, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Long Island, Arts at St. Ann's, Lenny Suib Puppet Playhouse at Asphalt Green, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Arts Center, Goat on a Boat @ Bay Street, Guild Hall of East Hampton, New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and many of New York City's Public Schools and Libraries. She has also appeared on All My Children, (ABC TV) as Liz the puppeteer. Festival performances include the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Teatro Toc, the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Prague, CZ, the Out of Hand Puppet Festival, the First Annual Hand Puppet Festival, the International Toy Theatre Festival in New York City, Richmond Children's Festival, Chicago International Puppetry Theater Festival, and Fin de Siecle New York a Nantes, France, and the Puppeteers of America National Festivals in St Paul Minnesota and University of Maryland.