FAQs

Questions About the Center for Puppetry Arts

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary per activity, with discounts for Members and group rates. Click here to learn more about Ticket Prices and Policies.

Do I have to pay separately for the show and Museum admission or a workshop?

If you purchase a single show ticket, no. The family performance ticket price includes admission to the show, Museum, and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ (when applicable). Adult performance ticket prices include admission to the show and museum. If you do not wish to attend a performance, you may purchase admission tickets to the Museum or Create-A-Puppet Workshop. Teen & adult education classes are sold separately. See the breakdown by looking at our pricing page.

My child is about to turn 2; do I have to pay for them too?

Performances with reserved seating require that all guests have a ticket regardless of age. We offer lap tickets for children under 1-year-old if they remain sitting in the lap of their adult guardian during the entirety of the show. Lap tickets may only be purchased at the ticket window or over the phone and are subject to availability. Lap tickets are limited, so advance purchase is encouraged. All other patrons (ages 1 and up) will be charged for a performance ticket.
 
For performances without reserved seating, children under 2 years old are allowed free admission to performances as long as they are sitting in the lap of their adult guardian during the entirety of the show. Children ages 2 and up will be charged for a performance ticket for shows without reserved seating.
 
If you want to only attend the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, Children under 3 are allowed in free of charge. Children 3 and older will be charged for a ticket to the museum.

Am I allowed to bring my stroller or carrier into the theater?

Due to space limitations, we do not allow strollers or carriers in the theaters. Our staff will gladly assist you with storing them while you are in the show.

What is the best way to get to the Center by mass transit?

Take MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). Get off the North/South line at the Arts Center Station. Exit the Station at W. Peachtree Street. Go right on W. Peachtree Street. Go across the street. Walk two blocks north on W. Peachtree Street. Turn left on 18th Street. Cross Spring Street. The Center is on the left-hand side on the corner of Spring and 18th Street. The entrance is at the rear of the building.

What are Create-A-Puppet Workshops™?

Hands-on, curriculum-based workshops for children ages four and up (ages 2 and 3 welcome if accompanied by an adult puppet builder). Create a puppet to take home and put that puppet into performance on our classroom stage! Offered days when Family Series performances are scheduled. Times and format (instructor-led or self-guided) vary depending on the day of week/time of year — contact Ticket Office for details.

How can I find information on your intern program?

Internship Programs are returning in 2024! E-mail Dani Herd at daniherd@puppet.org to stay in the know.

How can I find information on volunteering at the Center?

Volunteer Programs are returning in 2024! E-mail Dani Herd at daniherd@puppet.org to stay in the know.

How can I submit a pre-existing show to your theater for your consideration?

The Center is committed to presenting the best works of puppetry from around the world, but has a limited budget and options for scheduling. To be considered, please send us a DVD videotape of your entire show and supporting materials (including technical specifications, press releases, etc.) concerning your company and the show(s) to be considered. If there are words in the show, the tape should be in English. Mail to: Art Group, Center for Puppetry Arts; 1404 Spring Street, NW; Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 (United States of America). Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like it returned. The Art Group will review and contact you if we are interested in presenting your show. Learn more about touring artist submissions by clicking the link below.

I have a great idea for a show, and would like to work on it with the Center for Puppetry Arts. What do I do?

It is very rare for the Center to collaborate on a show, due to the many technical and legal complexities that ensue. However, if you would like to present your idea to us, please begin by registering a copyright on your idea prior to presenting it to us (or anyone). If the work is an adaptation of a pre-existing work, you must secure the copyrights to the work prior to contacting us. Mail your proposal to Art Group, Center for Puppetry Arts; 1404 Spring Street, NW; Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 (United States of America). Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like it returned. The Art Group will review and contact you if we are interested in your show. Please note that the Center does solicit ideas for the adult show: Xperimental Puppetry Theater. Visit the XPT performance page for more information.

I am having an event for which I would like the Center to donate tickets. How do I request complimentary tickets?

The Center does make ticket donations for charitable events. To request complimentary tickets, please review our Ticket Donations guidelines here.

I can’t find a listed workshop that meets my needs. Can one be customized for me?

Yes! We’d be delighted to plan a unique workshop experience for your teacher group, therapy colleagues, fellow theatre-makers, students, or work team! We can come to you, or you can rent the Center! Contact us at education@puppet.org.

First Timer Questions

Should I purchase show tickets in advance?

Advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Performances often sell out, so book early. Please contact the Ticket Office at least 72 hours in advance to redeem rain checks.

What is the best way to get to the Center by mass transit?

Take MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). Get off the North/South line at the Arts Center Station. Exit the Station at W. Peachtree Street. Go right on W. Peachtree Street. Go across street. Walk two blocks north on W. Peachtree Street. Turn left on 18th Street. Cross Spring Street. The Center is on the left-hand side on the corner of Spring and 18th Street. The entrance is at the rear of the building.

Is there parking on-site?

We do offer limited FREE parking on-site. Please plan to arrive at the Center at least 30 minutes prior to show time to allow time to park, pick up or purchase your tickets at the Ticket Office, and be seated in the theater.

How is seating assigned in the theater?

If you are scheduled for a puppet show, seating for each performance starts about 30 minutes before showtime. General Admission seating is behind the Member section of the theater. To become a Member and receive priority seating, click here.

Is there food available for sale on-site?

The Center does not currently have a snack bar on-site, but we do offer vending machines on the lower level. Patrons may utilize the picnic tables in Harlequin Hall (if available). No eating or drinking is allowed in the theaters, museum exhibits, or classrooms.

Are photos allowed?

Photography WITHOUT FLASH is permitted and encouraged in Museum exhibits (be sure to use our hashtag #puppetryATL when sharing to social media). Patrons are welcome to take photos with or without flash in all other areas of the Center with the exception of our theaters during performances.

Am I allowed to bring my stroller or carrier into the theater?

Due to space limitations, we do not allow strollers or carriers in the theaters. Our staff will gladly assist you with storing them while you are in the show.

What accommodations do you have for nursing or bottle feeding?

Nursing and bottle feeding are permitted in any public location at the Center for Puppetry Arts. If caregivers prefer a more private space for feeding, accommodations can be made. Please ask a Center Guest Services staff member for assistance.

What are Create-A-Puppet Workshops?

Hands-on, curriculum-based workshops for children ages four and up (ages 2 and 3 welcome if accompanied by adult puppet builder). Create a puppet to take home and put that puppet into performance on our classroom stage! Offered days when Family Series performances are scheduled. Times and format (instructor-led or self-guided) vary depending on the day of week/time of year — contact Ticket Office for details.

General Questions About Puppetry

Where can I find puppetry classes/workshops/info in my area?

The Web Resources page lists links to some excellent puppetry websites where we hope you will be able to find the answers to your questions.

What schools offer studies in puppetry?

For a comprehensive list of schools and study programs in the U.S. and abroad, visit the UNIMA-USA schools page or the Puppetry Home Page schools page.

Are there any puppetry organizations that I can join?

Yes! There are two organizations in the U.S. – Union International de la Marionnette (UNIMA-USA), or the Puppeteers of America.

How do I start my own company?

The Web Resources page lists links to some excellent puppetry Web sites where we hope you will be able to find the answers to your questions. These sites provide information on professional touring companies, starting a puppet ministry, puppetry in education, puppet history, and puppetry techniques such as stop-motion animation. The Puppeteers of America and The Puppetry Homepage websites each have bulletin boards where you can post a message to the online puppetry community.

Where can I get some puppets made?

The Web Resources page lists links to some excellent puppetry Web sites where we hope you will be able to find the answers to your questions. These sites provide information on professional touring companies, starting a puppet ministry, puppetry in education, puppet history, and puppetry techniques such as stop-motion animation. The Puppeteers of America and The Puppetry Homepage websites each have bulletin boards where you can post a message to the online puppetry community.

How do I build a puppet stage?

The Web Resources page lists links to some excellent puppetry Web sites where we hope you will be able to find the answers to your questions. These sites provide information on professional touring companies, starting a puppet ministry, puppetry in education, puppet history, and puppetry techniques such as stop-motion animation. The Puppeteers of America and The Puppetry Homepage websites each have bulletin boards where you can post a message to the online puppetry community.

I’d like to hire someone to do a puppet show. Where do I go?

The Web Resources page lists links to some excellent puppetry Web sites where we hope you will be able to find the answers to your questions. These sites provide information on professional touring companies, starting a puppet ministry, puppetry in education, puppet history, and puppetry techniques such as stop-motion animation. The Puppeteers of America and The Puppetry Homepage websites each have bulletin boards where you can post a message to the online puppetry community.

We’re Always Here to Answer Questions

If you don’t see an answer to your question on this page, reach out to us directly. Our Ticket Office is open seven days a week and our amazing staff can answer everything from “How do I schedule a digital puppet show with your Distance Learning Program?” to “How did you achieve that special affect on stage?!”

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