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. Her artistic approach to puppetry has 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. For the past 15 years 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.

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, 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.