About Us

Welcome to the World of Caravan Puppets!

At Caravan Puppets, we enjoy spreading the magic of puppetry. With over 25 years of experience, we’ve been captivating audiences with our love for storytelling and our drive to inspire creativity in kids. From school assemblies to library events and private parties, we design shows and workshops that are not only engaging and educational, but also incredibly fun. Our goal is to create a magical experience that will stay with your young audience long after the curtains close.

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 most every performance. We consider it a job well done if a child leaves our show thinking “I can do that!”. Fostering creativity is our main goal!

Meet the Team

At Caravan Puppets, we are passionate about sharing the magic of puppetry. Allow us to introduce Jonathan Keezing and Karen Schumer, two talented puppeteers who bring their unique storytelling skills and creativity to each and every performance.

Jonathan Keezing

Jonathan is the founder and director of Caravan Puppets and is the mastermind behind the puppets, skits, and stunning stage designs. With over 20 years of experience as a solo puppeteer and accomplished musician, Jonathan brings a one-of-a-kind touch to the stage. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in formal composition and guitar from Berklee College of Music and has had the opportunity to record albums and perform with a variety of musical projects.

Karen Schumer

Karen joined Caravan Puppets in 2013 and has brought with her decades of experience as a working artist, musician, and art teacher. Her addition to the team 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

Caravan Puppets was founded by Jonathan Keezing over 20 years ago with a passion for storytelling and a commitment to empowering children’s creativity. The company was born from Jonathan’s early experiences creating puppet shows with a friend and performing as a musician with a dragon puppet hanging from the neck of his guitar.

Since then, Caravan Puppets has evolved and grown, adding new members to the team, including Karen Schumer, and refining their performances and workshops to engage, educate, and entertain kids of all ages. Caravan Puppets has become known for its diversity of performances. They regularly perform for diverse audiences in pre-schools, elementary schools, libraries, fairs, civic events, and private parties.

The company has received recognition and awards for its work, including Massachusetts Council For The Arts S.T.A.R.S grants and Jonathan Keezing’s Grinspoon Award For Excellence In Jewish Education.

Caravan Puppets has also participated in notable events such as Japan’s Iida World Puppet Festival, Boston and Northampton’s First Night Celebrations, and Greenfield’s Balloon Festival.

Caravan Puppets is dedicated to empowering children’s creativity through the magic of puppetry. The company continues to create unforgettable performances and workshops that leave a lasting impression on young audiences everywhere.

Our Mission

Our mission at Caravan Puppets is to use the art of puppetry to entertain, inspire and educate audiences of all ages, while promoting creativity, diversity, non violence and positive values. We strive to create performances and programs that are engaging, lively, fun and educational, while fostering a sense of wonder and imagination in our audiences.

Our Values

At Caravan Puppets, we value creativity, diversity, education, and positivity. We work with puppetry as a powerful tool for storytelling, entertainment, and education. We strive to create a respectful and inclusive environment for all audiences and team members. We are committed to producing high-quality, engaging and entertaining performances and programs that leave a lasting impression on our audiences and make a positive impact on the communities we serve.

Hear from Our Happy Audiences

At Caravan Puppets, we’re proud to have created countless magical experiences for kids of all ages. But don’t just take our word for it. Read on to see what our happy audiences have to say about our performances and workshops.

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!