Tuesday, May 12, 2020

how to stream puppet shows live

On the heels of four successful nights of Great Small Works online Toy Theater Festival, "Isolating Together," John Bell, Trudi Cohen and Lindsey Wagner gave an online workshop for the Association Quebecois des Marionettistes.

You can watch it here, in English and French:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Day 3 of International Toy Theater Festival Online

You can watch the 43 wonderful shows created for Isolating Together -- Great Small Works' first online Toy Theater Festival -- here:


AND --

We invite you to watch Day #3, on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 PM

Live at:


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Virtual Toy Theater Festival

Isolating Together
Great Small Works' online Toy Theater Festival

Attend via Facebook Live:

April 2, 7:30 to 9PM - https://www.facebook.com/events/506283823401472/

April 3, 7:30 to 9PM - https://www.facebook.com/pg/GreatSmallWorks/events/?ref=page_internal

Toy Theater practitioners from around the world will offer original (very) short shows. From the intimacy of the Victorian parlor to the intimacy of your personal viewing device, puppeteers transform the traditional form to reach out during these days of separation.

Line-up coming soon!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Work Sample Video now live

Here's a 5-minute glimpse into the projects of Great Small Works.

Great Small Works Work Sample 2020

Examples of recent Great Small Works productions showing how we realize our mission of creating high level art work, and keeping theater at the heart of social life.  Productions featured include Spaghetti Dinners(cabaret), Honk(festival), Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls(touring show), Purim(community based residency), Horizons youth facility(teaching), The Sukkos Mob(Street performing), River to River Festival (Processional theater) The Rapture Project (Sicilian Marionette Puppet show) and more. 

Thank you, Jenny, and Mary Feaster!

And while we're at it, you might enjoy these clips as well:

Work Sample Toy Theater
Footage from current Great Small Works touring productions in the Toy Theater form. Examples of teaching toy theater, and our effect on the field through the hosting of 10 Toy Theater Festivals. 

 Work Sample "Soul Songs Inspiring Women of Klezmer: Composers Orchestra"
Excerpt from 2018 Performance designed and costumed by Jenny Romaine/ Great Small Works
GSW dwells in communities of  artists who are deeply connected to tradition.  Our experience with experimental art has shown us that to create something new we want a relationship to ancestors. We pay attention to the integrity of traditional forms in service of evolution and the future.  All of the work by the composers in in the clip is new! Summoned into being by fourth-generation Philly klezmer legend trumpeter Susan Watts.   https://www.soulsongsklezmer.com/

Work Sample: Great Small Works Studio life
This clip shows how the GSW studio is a hub of creativity that houses many projects, and brings theater to tens of thousands of People. Examples include Building Stories, 2019 Reclaim Pride and the 2019 Sunrise Movements "Road To A Green New Deal Tour".  

Monday, March 2, 2020

GSW's Toy Theater stage on display at the Ballard Museum

In the mid-1990's, Great Small Works created a Toy Theater production called "Olivier's Hamlet." It was made from a Toy Theater kit created by Lawrence Olivier and based on his 1948 film of the play. The Toy Theater characters include Olivier and the other film actors. Great Small Works' version interspersed texts from Olivier's journals with a truncated adaptation of the Shakespeare script.

We are proud to be represented in the Ballard Institute and Museum's newest exhibit, "Shakespeare and Puppets," curated by Dr. Yungmin Song.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jenny Romaine presents "Ornamenttion Is Resistance"

Jenny Romaine co-artistic director and founding member of Great Small Works will present a talk called

Ornamentation Is Resistance: Spectacular Strategies for Resistance and Resilience
as part of Ben Katchor's NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium at Parson's School of Design, New York City.
This talk will feature a selection of images and stories from 30 years of projects and processes by Jenny, and her partner radical traditionalists exploring visual storytelling, adornment, festival, and flamboyant aesthetics as a method for building power.

It is part of a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will offer an ongoing place to learn and think about the traditions and future of text-image work (see more below or here).  We hope you can come!

January 28, 2020, 7PM - Free

Parsons School of Design, University Center 
63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level)
New York, NY

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Year-End Spaghetti Dinner


Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the New Year!

We will eat, sing and dance together.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019, 7:30 PM

Tickets: $20 sliding scale – no one turned away for lack of funds
Info: 917-319-8104
No advance sales – all ticketing at the door.


The Crowtations
The Brewery Troupe's legendary singing puppets. born in 1975 in New York City

A solo clown act
Performed by Eli Nixon and directed by Rebecca Martinez with live soundtrack by Deepali Gupta

Aeilushi Mistry
will tech the Divada (Lamp) Dance from Gujarat, India

“Saah!” ("Scream")
Work in progress shadow and rod puppet show based on a graphic novel about a fictional war-torn Syrian city in the process of destroying itself.
Harrison Greene, Director; Neda Kazemifar, Designer; Stephen Kaplin, Designer; and Syd Fini, Writer and Designer.

And -- kick up your heels!
SHARABI, the world’s only bhangra-funk-klezmer party band! led by trumpeter Frank London and percussionist Deep Singh

Hosted by Great Small Works
with help from the Boxcutter Collective

Funding made possible in part by:
Puppet Slam Network, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Doctorow Family Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. THANK YOU!