Holli Rubin/Bits n Pieces Puppet Theatre

Holli Rubin/Bits n Pieces Puppet Theatre

Out of State Region
Dover, Florida
813-659-0189 513-659-0659
[email protected]

Our program, "PuppetWorld", celebrates diversity as it traces the artistic and cultural development of puppetry around the world. It begins with early shadow puppets used as a communication tool that helped develop a spoken language. It explores today's use of puppetry for education and entertainment. Examples of rod puppets from Russia, string puppets from France, early puppets from Sicily and figures from around the world are demonstrated, their cultural heritage discussed and examples given of similar puppets to make from found objects. Our "Puppet Production Class" can be a one-visit puppet-making activity or a multi-visit residency with the creation of puppets and a play, sets and a stage, based on teaching objectives determined by the teacher and artist during the preplanning conference. Creative dramatics techniques are used in the creation and evaluation of the performance. A video recording of the final class production is made for class enjoyment. A live performance for other students and family is also possible with adequate preparation time. Available to conduct teacher workshops.

Completed the following professional development workshops:

"Puppetry in Education and Therapy", led by Judith O'Hare, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and Claire Ritzler, Wolftrap Early Learning Educator on February 10-12, 2012 in Orlando, Florida

"Symposium of Collaboration and Presentation," presented by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, St. Petersburg College of Collaborative Labs, February 18, 2012

"Central Florida Arts Integration Symposium," presented by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Davenport School of the Arts, Davenport, Florida, February 25, 2012


Holli leads Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre annual performance and educational tours. She trained at the University of South Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975. Holli and her troupes of 2 to 3 puppeteers have appeared in 26 states and seven countries. She has worked with students in rural and urban settings, youth-at-risk programs, alternative educational sites and in arts centers across the United States. Holli is the guest discussion leader for the annual International Festival of Puppet Arts in Prague. Recently in June she conducted Puppet Making workshops with teachers using recycled materials. During the school year she presents workshops in schools and arts camp programs across the country.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: PreK -K; Elementary
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open, but depends on touring schedule
Special Needs: We bring some of the building supplies and the school provides basic school supplies; will discuss prior to residency program.