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"Fantasy Puppet Theater" was founded by Marshall Katzman, who received his M.A. in Television and Radio production from
the University of Michigan and was a Fellow at Princeton University. "Fantasy Puppet Theater" is a member of Union
Internationale De La Marionette, Puppeteers of America, The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, The Garden State Puppetry
Guild and is listed in the 2nd edition of Who's Who in Entertainment. Katzman is an Emeritus Professor of Communications at
Bergen Community College, in Paramus, New Jersey. In 1956, at the age of eight, Marshall Katzman and his puppets first
appeared in Zurich, Switzerland with a backyard performance of "Sleeping Beauty". In the early sixties, while living in Closter,
New Jersey, he was influenced by Russian puppeteer Sergei Obratsov as well as Frank Paris, creator of the original Howdy Doody
and Larry Berthelson, creator of the Pickwick Puppet Theater. Katzman was mentored by Marcel Jovine, the award-winning toy
designer, sculptor and designer of coins. Richard Hunt, the Muppeteer on Sesame Street, started his career in puppetry after
purchasing a collection of puppets from Katzman. The New York World's Fair of 1965, saw Katzman perform a puppet production
written by the world renown Sergei Obratsov. In the summer of 1973 "Fantasy Puppet Theater" made its debut with
Rock-A-Day Johnny, a Rock and Roll puppet, at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The one man troupe then began a tour of the
United States, which included performances for museums, nightclubs, libraries, camps, major armed forces installations like
Fort Knox as well as recreation departments in Charleston, Columbus, Miami, Nashville, and San Francisco. Fantasy Puppet Theater
has also conducted puppet workshops and performances at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. In 1986 Marshall Katzman produced a
television documentary, "Stars on Strings": a tribute to Frank Paris the creator of the first Howdy Doody. "Stars On Strings" is
available for rental from the Puppeteers of America A.V. Library.
On September 29th and 30th, 2017 Fantasy Puppet Theater
presented "Humpty Trumpty" as part of the 2017 La MaMa Puppet Slam currated by Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw.

puppeteer Frank Paris
The Record, Tuesday, September 30, 1986


Doug Anderson, MC for "Stars on Strings", a tribute to puppeteer Frank Paris, Creator of the first Howdy Doody.

"Stars on Strings", "Not Just Puppets" and "An Evening of Puppetry" have all been included in the Theater on
Film and Tape Archives of the Billy Rose Theater Collection, Lincoln Center. The American Film Institute awarded
his production of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" finalist for fiction in their 1990 Visions of U.S. video competition.
On October 6th, 1990 Katzman performed Sergei Obratsov's short puppet play entitled, "Mortal Danger" at the Bruno
Walter Theater, Lincoln Center. "Nick's Boogie to Nowhere", was awarded first place at the Festival Internacional
de Video da Algarve, on December 5, 1992
, and by The National Broadcasting Society, on March 18, 1994.

"Fantasy Puppet Theater" has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and Con Edison.
The one man show has also made regular appearances at the nationally acclaimed Puppet Playhouse in New York City.
Katzman's past puppet productions have included: "Around the World in 8O Days", "Jack and the Beanstalk",
"Rip Van Winkle", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "The King's Stilts", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Aladdin's Lamp",
"Hansel and Gretel", "The Frog Prince", "Rumpelstiltskin" and the "Shoemaker and the Elves".
Fantasy Puppet Theater performed "Mortal Danger" as part of the "Rituals" production at the Laboratory Theater in
Paramus, New Jersey.

"Mortal Danger" Recorded by Somerville Television-VILLEtv during the National Day of Puppetry at the 4-H Center
in Bridgewater, New Jersey on Saturday, April 16th, 2011.

Puppet Shows NY Times
Fantasy Puppet Theater in The New York Times, Sunday, December 27, 1987

►►►"The Puppeteer": an interview with Marshall Katzman
by Matt Brody, Reporter, Push Pause Verizon Fios1

Kids Week Puppet Show At Intrepid
►►►"Kid's Week" Puppet Show At The Intrepid
Puppet Show Dumont Summer Recreation
►►►Puppet Shows For Day Camps
"Dumont Summer Recreation"
Puppet Shows For NY Public Library
►►►Puppet Shows For Libraries
"New York Public Library"
Little Red Riding Hood Puppet Show
►►►"Little Red Riding Hood" A Puppet Show
At The Second Annual Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn
►►►Remember, be sure to ask about our discounts for library puppet shows
and puppet shows for not for profit events!
►►►Ask about our personalized puppet video for your next party!
►►►We also produce puppet videos for commercials and puppet videos for public service announcements!
Click here to watch a sample!

►►► Download a .pdf Puppet Shows press release about our puppet shows.

"Fantasy Puppet Theater"
Is A Registered Puppeteer With The
State of New Jersey


Member of Puppeteers of America

"Fantasy Puppet Theater"
carries liability insurance through
Chicagoland Insurance Specialists

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