Now offering Virtual Puppet shows produced by a puppeteer who has entertained thousands of children and adults all over the United States.
Whether you are planning a puppet show for an intimate birthday party or a puppet show for a fundraiser for large audiences
this Virtual puppet show will be the highlight of your event!
Hooray, Our Puppets Are Vaccinated! Contact us now! Booking for December 2021 and beyond.
Also! We are now taking orders for "Virtual Puppet Shows"!
So, whether you are planning a puppet show for
an intimate birthday party or a puppet show for a
fundraiser, this "Virtual" Puppet Show will be the highlight of your event!
About Fantasy Puppet Theater!
"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
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 as well as Walt Disney animator and jazz watercolorist Jim Tanaka. The Muppeteer from
Sesame Street, Richard Hunt, started his career in puppetry after purchasing a collection of puppets from Katzman.
In 1965 Katzman performed a puppet production written by
the world renown Sergei Obratsov at the New
York World's Fair. "Fantasy Puppet Theater" made
its debut in the summer of 1973 with Rock-A-Day Johnny, a Rock
and Roll puppet, performing at The Ark in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. The one man
troupe then began a tour of the United States, which included performances
museums, nightclubs, libraries, camps, major armed forces installations
including Fort Knox as well as recreation departments in
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.Tuesday, On September 17th,
2019 "The Drunk" by Sergei Obratsov, premiered at The Jim Henson Carriage House and was also performed for the 106th birthday
party of Bernice Silver at The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ.
"Jabberwocky" scheduled to premiere at The 10th Annual Secaucus 2020 Green Festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak,
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
First produced while studying television production in 1970 at the University of Michigan and recorded in black
and white using 2” recording tape, combining puppets with live actors. The opening and closing segments of this updated color production
utilize the original puppets that were used in the black and white version some 50 years ago. Ironically I started creating the Jaberwocky
puppet long before the Corona Virus hit the world stage but it’s uncanny resemblance to my puppet has given me some hope that humanity will prevail.
"But He Was Cool, or: he even stopped for green lights" was featured at the exhibition UNI…WHAT? UNIMA! 90 Years | 100 Countries | 1 Passion held from 25th of May to the 26th of June, 2019 in the Gallery of the Czech Centres in Prague. www.puppets.cz
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.
6th, 1990 Katzman performed Sergei Obratsov's short puppet play entitled, "Mortal Danger" at the Bruno
Walter Theater, Lincoln Center.
Boogie to Nowhere", was awarded
de Video da Algarve, on December
, and by
Broadcasting Society, on March 18, 1994.
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.
Puppet Shows For All Ages
Puppet Shows for Children's Birthday Parties
Puppet Shows for Schools
Puppet Shows for Libraries Puppet Shows for Camps
Puppet Shows for Organizations
Now Booking Puppet Shows For
Metropolitan New York and New Jersey!
"Fantasy Puppet Theater"
Is A Registered Puppeteer With
State of New Jersey
Member of Puppeteers of America
"Fantasy Puppet Theater"
carries liability insurance through
Chicagoland Insurance Specialists
LA Guild of Puppetry 48 Hour Puppet Film Project
"Makin' Dirt with Eddy and Freddy"
"I enjoyed the effects and thought the timing was really funny..." Heather Henson, Creative Director, IBEX Puppetry
About Fantasy Puppet Theater
"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. read more...