Heather Henson presents Handmade Puppet Dreams

January 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partner’s Lane, Westport, MA

FirstWorks and the Dedee Shattuck Gallery present a screening of short films selected from Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series followed by a panel discussion with local puppeteers and stop motion animators Adam Buck and Rachel Nadeau. The evening will conclude with some mix and mingle time with the panelists along with light nibbles and refreshments.

Heather Henson is the daughter of puppetry legend, Jim Henson of Muppets fame. Her Handmade Puppet Dreams film series showcases independent puppeteers who use film to explore live-action puppetry.

The film selections are suitable for ages 17 and up
Registration required – RSVP to htaylor@first-works.org $5 suggested donation at the door.


Adam Buck is an artist and entrepreneur. He started early touring in a children’s bunraku puppetry troop, and, while growing up, was involved in theatre and the arts. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Adam has worked professionally in theatre, animation, film and arts production (including more than a few puppet projects) for the majority of his adult life. Now he continues to create atmosphere and a sense of place as the owner of Small Point Cafe in Providence RI, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Rachel Nadeau is an Adjunct Theater Artist in Residence at TAPA (Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts), an Arts-Integrated public charter school in Providence, Rhode Island that cultivates artist-scholars to prepare them for collegiate and professional success and leadership in a global society. A native Rhode Islander, Rachel graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies. She acts, teaches, and techs with a multitude of theatrical companies including the Academy Players, Newport Playhouse, and 2nd Story Theatre.

This program is part of a FirstWorks residency with Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry, culminating in the New England premiere of their live puppet spectacle, Ajijaak on Turtle Island at Moses Brown Woodman Center on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Handmade Puppet Dreams
Registration required. Please email htaylor@first-works.org
$5 suggested donation at the door