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: $500-$650
Two Back-to-Back Performances: $700-$850
Post-Performance Workshops: $100-$200

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 PK-adults.


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.


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 the shows in our current touring repertoire.

Educational Programs

From elementary school assembly programs to The Smithsonian, our performances 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. Backstage tours are also available and allow for a more in-depth look behind-the-scenes. Our diverse programs augment curriculum in science, literature, social studies, and other areas. We also offer programs that support pre-literacy for our youngest audience members.

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.


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