Not just a puppet troupe!
For 25 (plus!) years Caravan has followed our goal to delight audiences and to inspire creativity.
Our puppets and programs are designed not just to be relatable to children, but approachable! We purposely use found and household materials in our puppets and often point out to audiences how the puppets are made. We encourage children to create puppets and skits at every performance.
Caravan is truly…
A LABOR OF LOVE!!!
Meet the Team
Jonathan has directed and operated all aspects of Caravan Puppets since 1991. He is also an accomplished musician (BA Berklee College Of Music). He has performed nationally and internationally and enjoys mixing his two artistic disciplins on a regular basis.
Karen joined Caravan Puppets in 2013 and has brought with her decades of experience as a visual artist, musician, and art teacher. Karen has added both depth and a touch of spontaneity to Caravan’s performances and workshops. Karen plays a crucial role in creating and delivering unforgettable experiences that educate, entertain, and engage kids of all ages.
History of Caravan Puppets
At eight, a friend and Jonathan built an ornate puppet stage with three tiers of lights and dimmers. (sorry, no pics). They gave shows for local kids and spent their earnings on candy. His buddy grew up to be an electrician and Jonathan continued giving puppet shows. They both still like candy.
About a decade ago (my time flies!) Jonathan convinced the unforgettable Karen Schumer to climb aboard the Caravan (he threatened to lay down in front of her car if she tried to go back to work!), adding a whole new element of mirth and mayhem! Karen’s artistic talent and originality has pushed the troupe’s repertoire in new directions.
Caravan’s love of exploring the diversity of humanity has led them to a wide variety of settings, including: pre-schools, elementary schools, libraries, eldercare centers, fairs, festivals, corporate and private events.
Notable performances include Japan’s Iida World Puppet Festival, Boston’s Fourth Of July Celebration, Toronto’s “Askinaz!” Festival, the streets of Jeruselum and Greenfield’s (MA) Balloon Festival.
Caravan continues to grow and experiment. Shadow puppets and creating a giant spider puppet for a concert event are our current concerns.
Our mission is to
*ENTERTAIN* *INSPIRE* and *EDUCATE*
To create performances and programs that are engaging and joyous!
We promote our audiences creativity with highly interactive programs and teaching the world to make puppets!
*ENGAGING* and *JOYOUS!*
We consider it a job well done if a child (or adult!) leaves our show thinking ….
“I can do that!”
First and formost…..
IT’S GOT TO BE FUN!!! …… IT’S A PUPPET SHOW!!!
IT’S GOT TO BE EXCELLENT!!! …… high-quality, engaging and entertaining
WE STRIVE TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION…. TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY!
WE PROMOTE, INCLUSION, NON-VIOLENCE and POSITIVE VALUES!
Hear from Our Happy Audiences
Explore the world of Caravan Puppets and discover our wide range of programs and performances.
From puppet shows to workshops, we have something for everyone. Check out our upcoming events and join us for a show! And if you want to know what others think of our performances, read our reviews. Click on the button below to explore our programs and schedule or click on the reviews button to see what others are saying about us. Don’t miss out on the magic of Caravan Puppets!