In the Heart of the Beast Theatre

A nonprofit organization

$4,661 raised by 52 donors

78% complete

$6,000 Goal

Start with Water, flour, newspaper, paint. Add a large measure of IMAGINATION and a dollop of ARTISTRY to make STORIES about our world come ALIVE through PUPPETS. This is in the Heart of the Beast’s nearly 50 year-old puppet recipe.

In the HEART of the BEAST (HOBT) is a community of artists working within our larger community to create magic together. We make puppets large and small—monstrous, beautiful, silly, human, plant, animal, you name it. We use gesture, voice, form, and color, giving life to puppets that help tell stories to represent the world as it is and as we dream it could be. 

In 2023, HOBT will continue to teach, mentor, and provide opportunities for experienced and emerging puppet artists of diverse identities. We will present new works, conduct workshops, and residencies, and hold special events with community partners throughout the Cities.

We hope you will support HOBT's PUPPET FASHION SHOW (for puppets only). No doubt you've heard of the Berlin and London Alternative Fashion Weeks—we will top those so-called edgy events with our own PUPPET FASHIONS, featuring cat walking puppets sporting extraordinary styles. Design Teams will apply to create original puppets wearing original "looks" presented in original performances. All to take place in the hippest fashion venue in town—the Avalon!


Directed and edited by Orren Fen

Finley Anderson-Newton
Helena Howard
Steve Ackerman

Frog, fox, and beaver mask by Madeline Helling
Other masks by HOBT community

Image Description: A video shows people in animal masks, decked out in the latest fashions. They are sewing, running around with a clothing wrack, throwing assorted tools, feathers, and pipe cleaners, in front of the camera, and outfitting a beaver in feather boas. The video then reads "HOBT presents" and "Puppet Fashion Show" written on the beaver's backpack with construction paper, pompoms and lightbulbs. Credits appear at the end.

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In the Heart of the Beast Theatre

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1500 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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