The mission of the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is: to advance and promote the art of puppetry, to celebrate the great state of Arizona - its culture, heritage and ecology - through the art of puppetry, to educate children and their families, and to make a positive impact on the cultural climate of Arizona.
We are so proud of the work we do with our small staff of professional puppeteers and theater artists. We are devastated to have had to close our doors and stop normal programming for the first time in 37 years due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We need our community support more than ever to keep going and help make up for the loss of income that we are facing.
Please consider making a donation today or setting up a monthly gift to ensure our historic venue continues to serve Arizona families well into the future.
GAPT is Arizona's only theater offering year-round puppet shows and has been operating since 1983. We provide entertaining and educational shows for students and have been named The New Times "Best Entertainment for Kids" and "Best Children's Theater." We have won The UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry (the highest honor in the international puppetry community) for our original version of "Cinderella" We won the Mayor's Environmental Award for our show "Hotel Saguaro" which highlights the importance of the Saguaro Cactus in our desert environment and was created in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater serves a total audience of nearly 85,000 people annually, mostly children. Our historic building is typically open to the public year-round and our puppeteers perform traveling shows at schools, libraries, child cares, and community centers all over Arizona and beyond! Now we are finding new ways to reach our audiences through digital media and drive-in shows and we hope to be able to perform for you soon! Learn more about the history of the theater and our landmark building here.
We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Please click the "donate" button if you would like to make a one-time or a monthly donation through PayPal.
You can also donate by mailing a check or cash to: 302 W Latham St Phoenix, AZ 85003
Great Arizona Puppet Theater accepts gifts of appreciated stock. Please contact us if you would like to make a legacy contribution to the theater such as a gift of estate, a bequest, or naming rights at our long-standing theater.
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The Great Arizona Puppet Theater wishes to thank the following donors for their support.
|Arizona Commission on the Arts||The Arizona Commission for the Arts provides general opporating support. The mission of the Arizona Commission on the Arts is "An Arizona where people broaden, deepen and diversify their engagement with the arts, As creators, audiences and supporters, In ways that are satisfying and integral to their lives."|
|Burton Family Foundation||The Burton Family Foundation was established in 2015 at the Arizona Community Foundation. Christy and Daryl Burton are dedicated supporters of quality education in Arizona.|
|Central Arizona Project||Central Arizona Project (CAP) is Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies. CAP is designed to bring about 1.5 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River to Central and Southern Arizona every year. CAP is the proud sponsor of our Environmental Puppet Shows program which provides free water conservation puppet shows to schools, libraries, and environmental centers in 2020.|
|Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation||Our 2020 dental show program is generously funded by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.|
|Desert Diamond Casino West Valley||Desert Diamond Casino West Valley provided almost 200 tickets to students at a Title 1 school to attend a field trip to the puppet theater in the 2019-2020 season. In addition to offering quality entertainment options for the entire region, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment works to create a better quality of life for members of the Tohono O'odham Nation and all people of Southern Arizona.|
|Kinder Morgan Foundation||The Kinder Morgan Foundation regularly funds free field trips for Title 1 schools to attend enviornmentally educational shows. For the 2019-2020 season they are providing over 800 tickets for low-income students to see "Hotel Saguaro" and "Grand Canyon Condor." The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and their mission is to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. They fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.|
|Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture||The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture provides general operating support for the Puppet Theater. It was established in 1985 by the Phoenix City Council to advance the growth and development of the city's arts and cultural community. The Office of Arts and Culture manages the city's public art program, administers a grants program, supports arts education, conducts research, provides information and assistance to artists and cultural organizations, and oversees the city's cultural planning efforts.|
|Puppet Slam Network||Spearheaded by IBEX puppetry, The Puppet Slam Network aims to catalogue, connect, support, and raise awareness for the Puppet Slam Nation. The Puppet Slam Network fosters connections in the growing field of independently produced puppet slams, cabarets, and showcases so that puppet artists know where they can perform, venues can find puppet artists, and audiences can enjoy this intimate, tactile, and compelling form of entertainment.|
|Puppeteers of America||Puppeteers of America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1937, supported the production "Grand Canyon Condor." Puppeteers of America provides information, encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet theatre.|
|Peter G. & Elizabeth Torosian Foundation||The Peter G. & Elizabeth Torosian Foundation benefits the arts and culture in Arizona and Kansas City.|
|Western States Art Federation||Our "Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee" Drive-In touring show from guest artists Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in 2020 received support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, WESTAF, the Western States Art Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. WESTAF, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.|
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