2018 National Puppet Slam: Meet the Artists

For one weekend only, experience the beauty, ingenuity, and hilarity of original short-form puppetry by talented artists from across the United States during the National Puppet Slam! These contemporary pieces for adult audiences have been nominated by their respective slams and curated for an evening of short works that aspire to be as varied as the vast national network of independently produced puppetry slams it celebrates.

The 2018 National Puppet Slam is on at the Center for Puppetry Arts beginning Aug. 31. One by one, we’re introducing you to the featured artists; today, meet Zeb West, who will be performing a piece titled “Grim & Reaper” during the Slam.

Zeb L. West is a puppeteer, writer, and performer living in Berkeley, CA. He is a longtime collaborator with of Austin’s Trouble Puppet and Brooklyn’s Alphabet Arts. He graduated from The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, where he studied Commedia Dell’Arte, Clown, Mask-making, Tango, and Corporeal Mime. He recently toured all across Canada with his one-man show “Innocent When You Dream,” about a man trapped in a whale.


Synopsis: "Death ain't so bad, once you get to know him!" Grim & Reaper is a short musical comedy argument about your imminent death.


The 2018 National Puppet Slam runs Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018, at the Center for Puppetry Arts for ages 18+. Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Beer and wine will be for sale at the bar. Tickets are available here.