Puppet Network is the premier puppet design and producing organization in South Florida. With a 20-year history (having evolved from the former Sideshow Theatre and Productions), the Design and Management team has produced traditional styles of puppet theatre for many of the largest cultural organizations in South Florida including Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art-Fort Lauderdale, Miramar Cultural Center, Florida Grand Opera, The Playground Theatre and Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
From a 3-inch shadow puppet mouse for New World Symphony to a 16-foot tall marionette for the New River Arts Festival - If you can dream it... Puppet Network can design & build it.
Puppet Network seeks clients to merge our vision with yours to create entertainment that defines imagination. We provide a complete creative process – from initial concept, design and fabrication through delivery, install, direction and performance.
Beyond the Puppet Arts, Puppet Network is your "soup-to-nuts" resource for Event & Production Design & Management if you need a set designed & built, a parade produced or standard concert turned into a spectacle your audiences will rave about for years.
Puppet Network's Team Includes:
Jim Hammond: Managing Director/CEO, (MA Puppet Arts/Festivals & Events Producer/The Lion King National Broadway Tour - Puppet Department/Regional Puppet Arts Designer)
John Whitmore: Executive Producer, (Theatrical Producer/COO Earnest Partners Financial Services, Atlanta)
Pablo Urquilla: Director of Finance & Operations (MBA Theatre Administration/Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Events Services Department)
Ronni Gerstel: Director of Education (Palm Beach County Puppet Arts Educator/National Touring Puppeteer)
Riley Roam: Creative Producer & Writer (Emmy Award Winning Children's Producer/Travel Channel Writer & Producer/FOX Kids Host/PBS)
Kenny Mikey: Creative Producer & Multimedia Arts Director (Travel Channel Producer, Director & Editor/Former Ringling Clown/Children’s TV Producer)
Paul Louis: Producer of "Puppet Network TV" - The "You-Tube of Puppetry" and In School Puppet Tour (Children's TV Producer/Online Media Expert/Puppet Artist)
As well as dozens of Freelance Artists, Technicians and Puppeteers...
Funding for some events produced and designed by Jim Hammond have been provided in part by by The Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by The Broward Cultural Council. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority has funded in part events produced by Puppet Network, FAT Village ARTS District and Flagler 500.