Barefoot Puppet Theatre Puppetry

Barefoot Puppets


Heidi Rugg, Director
Barefoot Puppet Theatre
P.O. Box 26366
Richmond, VA 23260
804-358-3377 (office)
804-440-8448 (fax)


Single Performances: $600-$750
Two Back-to-Back Performances: $700-$850
Post-Performance Workshops: $100-$200
Virtual Worskhops: $125/contact hour; discounts available for multiple sessions and block-bookings
Virtual Performances: $150-$300

Discounts are available for block-booking. Travel expenses are not included.


Throughout the year


Clear stage approximately 15' x 15' with an 8' minimum ceiling clearance for most performances; contact the company for complete details as technical needs vary slightly from show to show. Barefoot Puppet Theatre will gladly provide its own sound system/wireless mics when a house system is not available.


All ages, especially children (grades PK–5) and their families; workshops for all ages, including master class sessions for adults.


Now touring virtually to your kitchen table, living room, library, or classroom! Barefoot Puppet Theatre's award-winning performances have thrilled audiences throughout the country and internationally since 1997. Their touring programs feature imaginative and interactive scripts, innovative staging, original music, beautifully crafted puppets, and fun. All puppets and staging elements are crafted by hand in their Richmond-based studio using sustainable, locally sourced materials whenever possible.


During the 2020-2021 Season, we are focusing our work on virtual connections and interactions; these are all performed LIVE and feature a high degree of engagement. We have performances for young children such as “Adventures with Priscilla,” designed for ages 3-7. This serialized program features 20-minute performances starring Priscilla, a simple hand puppet whose facial features are all rearrangeable. Feeling sad? Angry? Frustrated? Priscilla has big emotions, too, and they are the focus of each episode. “Meet Priscilla,” “Feeling Blue,” and “My Screaming Face Is Stuck” are all new offerings. These mini-shows can stand alone or be paired with age appropriate movement or art activities.

Studio Tours are also available over Zoom, along with our STEAM workshop, “Thinking Outside the Socks,” where you can see how puppets work from the inside out! We demonstrate rod puppets, hand puppets, shadow puppets, object theatre, and marionettes. We share each type of puppet with age-appropriate mini-lessons on pivots, levers, springs, and more. This is great to pair up with a performance or a workshop. Time permitting, participants have an opportunity to ask questions about the puppets. See our website for details on other available workshops.

Barefoot Puppet Theatre’s mainstage programs are a perfect fit for children and families! The touring repertoire for this season includes diverse works encompassing classic fairy tales with a twist; stunning, original works around environmental themes; and folklore from around the world. Performances are between 45-60 minutes in length with workshops and post-performance demonstrations to share more about the art (and science) of puppetry.

Please visit for complete details on all of our shows and workshops in our current touring repertoire. Outdoor performances available in Spring 2021!

Educational Programs

We engage, entertain, and (secretly) educate our audiences through puppetry. From elementary school assembly programs to The Smithsonian, our performances, workshops, and residencies receive enthusiastic reviews from children, educators, and parents. Our performers are always thrilled to share more about puppetry during post-show discussions and to demonstrate how the puppets work.

Arts Integration workshops/residencies combine puppetry with other subjects of study. Rod Puppets make for stellar simple machine workshops; shadow puppets, rod puppets, and hand puppets allow for interactive exploration across the curriculum. A Footnotes Learning Guide with SOL connections accompanies each show.