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KidFEST Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets: Minkie & Friends
Join award-winning puppeteer Liz Joyce and her cast of lovable characters for a series of puppet shows. Held in Guild Hall’s new John Drew Backyard Theater, shows explore themes of sharing, friendship, and saving the environment, as well as classic fairy tales with a twist.
Designed for our youngest audiences, Minkie and Friends follows the tale of Minkie the Monkey and his experiences of sharing, growing, and playing with the world around him.
Appropriate for families with children ages 3–7
*Your purchase of one ticket is for one Lawn Circle, which can sit a party of up to two people. All lawn circles are 6ft. in diameter and are distanced 6ft. away from other parties. Please bring your own blankets and/or beach chairs. For more information, visit the Theater FAQ page.
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 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.