Puppets + Poets is an annual workshop and performance program presented by The Bushwick Starr and Alphabet Arts to create and cultivate collaborative hybrid art. The program includes eclectic performances blending poetry and puppetry, two of the world’s oldest and most diversely practiced art forms.

DECEMBER 10 - 13
Cabaret for mature audiences:
8pm Thurs-Sat, 7pm Sun, $18
Matinee for all ages:
3pm Sat & Sun, Free


Alphabet Arts introduced Puppets & Poets in 2011 to create opportunities for diverse artists to collaboratively explore the relationship between puppetry and poetry, art forms practiced throughout the world and across the ages. Participants in the collective's inaugural workshops created original "puppet poems" and performed to sold-out audiences at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Creative Arts Studio. Thanks to this success, The Bushwick Starr invited Alphabet Arts to partner to produce a larger festival in 2012 and annually since, providing opportunities for artists to create, collaborate, and build community across artistic disciplines and other borders.

About Alphabet Arts: 
Alphabet Arts is a nonprofit artist collective founded in NYC in 2009 by a poet, a puppeteer, and a producer. The collective blends a variety of art forms to create innovative performances and educational programs for both family and mature audiences. Learn more at alphabetarts.org.
"The work of Alphabet Arts is decidedly process based…[and] involves throwing oneself into the deep-end of one’s art-making...What’s most impressive [is their] true-blue dedication to arts education and arts activism... [I]t’s comforting to see generosity injected back into art-making...[Alphabet Arts] truly understands the importance of a dialogue and exchange between artists and audiences." -Lauren Nicole Nixon, HerCircle

P&P 2015 is made possible in part by the Greater NY Arts Development Fund of the NYC DCA, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Citizens Committee for NYC, Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from NYC DCA, in partnership with the City Council, and Puppet Slam Network