The Eulenspiegel Puppets are known for their performances of international folktales and regional historical fiction, many with live music. The company also provides community performances YOU can participate in as well as special shows for older audiences! If you wish to bring the troupe into your community, the puppeteers will help you select the best performance for you!
The Eulenspiegel Puppets are rostered artists on the Iowa Arts Council's performing and educational rosters and are approved through the Character Counts! Through the Arts! program.
Eulenspiegel Puppets has performances, workshops, and educational sessions for all audiences. Bring us into your classroom, community, or festival. To learn more or to book a show, visit our shows page, call 319-627-2487, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Freedom Star: Gertie's Journey on the Underground Railroad uses near lifesize handheld puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and hand-dyed scenery to tell a dramatic and moving story, based on local history, of a... [read more]
Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a delightful tale of the lovable mammoths who roamed the Iowa prairies 10,000 years ago! Follow Willy the young woolly mammoth and his friend Bonny the Bunny as they overcome... [read more]
Based on an Algonquin tale about Mahtegwis, the rabbit trickster, this Eulenspiegel favorite tells how Bobcat got his stumpy tale. The puppet theatre uses witty, fast-paced dialogue and highly mobile shadow puppets in... [read more]
Eulenspiegel celebrates our rivers and prairies with tall tales starring Iowa folk heroine, Sal Fink, legendary daughter of Mike Fink, the mighty keel boatman. Sal tames a bear, wrestles a vicious snake, vanquishes... [read more]
Written for Eulenspiegel by playwright Rebecca Gilman, this story is adapted from a tale first published in 1500. It features the company’s namesake, Till Eulenspiegel, a stuffy University Rector, and a lovable donkey.... [read more]
Developed and performed by Monica Leo and Mexican puppeteer Eli Portugal, co-founder of Mojiganga Arte Escenico, this performance includes two classic Mexican animal tales. The Rabbit in the Moon, a well-known myth, gives... [read more]
In *EULENSPIEGEL’S CIRCUS*, a joyous fantasy featuring tabletop puppets, a kazoo band, and lots of silly business, Till Eulenspiegel, the troupe’s namesake, is celebrating his 10th birthday. His mother, Millie, gives him a mysterious... [read more]
Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Grimms fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes created by puppeteer Monica Leo. The set is an extra-large pop-up storybook also designed and created by Leo. The script,... [read more]
Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes that interact on the pages of two extra-large pop-up storybooks. The story follows Gerda as she travels to... [read more]
A set of three tales from Japan and Turkey, these stories all feature atypical heroes. A favorite is the little old lady outsmarting two Oni (Japanese trolls) who imprison her in order to... [read more]
The Monkey and the Crocodile is a delightful hand puppet show created and performed by Eulenspiegel’s newest puppeteer, Justin Cornett-Olsson. Adapted from a tale in the Panchatantram, one of the earliest collections of... [read more]
Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander's new book of poetry is one long narrative poem about a mother and daughter stuck on top of the roof of a cafe on the banks of... [read more]
Finding Home is a trilogy of pieces, poignant, joyful, and humorous, about puppeteer Monica Leo’s parents and their immigration experiences. The first piece, My Father’s Imaginary Friend, uses candlelight and shadows to interpret the... [read more]
*Play to Play (or Hold your Puppet Up!)* is a touching and humorous glimpse into the private lives of the puppets and puppeteers created and performed by Monica Leo. Using the traditional art... [read more]