About Liz Joyce
Liz Joyce, an accomplished puppeteer, writes, directs and performs a growing repertoire of works for audiences of children aged 10 months to 10 years. Subjects include Liz's take on traditional fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs, folktales like the Story of King Midas, educational shows such as the Kapok Tree, and original creations such as the Chicken Show and the Princess the Frog and the Pea. In each of these productions she amuses and entertains but also inspires through the upbeat and positive life lessons inherent in these stories. Issues such as tolerance, self-esteem, compassion and charity are introduced to an enthusiastic crowd.
Liz also creates performances tailored to local cultural and environmental groups and carries on the 300 year old tradition of Punch and Judy with an updated twist. Through these shows, Liz is able to engage young minds and introduce them to the rich legacy of the art of puppetry. By including different styles of puppetry, she provides an introduction to the craft of puppetmaking as well. Each show concludes with an invitation to the audience to come and "meet the puppets" where children and adults can see up close how the puppets are made and how they operate.
Liz's artistic approach to puppetry has been influenced by the sophistication of European puppetry traditions and the eccentric energy of New York's downtown performance artists. She honed her carving skills working with traditional puppet carvers in Prague, Czech Republic, and often collaborates with other puppeteers in the international puppet community.
Liz Joyce has served as Regional Director for the Puppeteers of America and President of the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York. She has also been a participant in the Puppet Lab at Arts at St. Ann's in Brooklyn where several of her adult performances have been produced. Liz curated events and performed during the 2000 Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre and has been awarded grants from The Puppeteers of America's Endowment Fund and the Jim Henson Foundation. Recently, Liz's puppet operetta Sing a Song of Sixpence was awarded an UNIMA Citation, the highest award in American puppetry.
Liz Joyce has performed at Symphony Space, Madison Square Park Kids, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, La Mama etc., PS 122, Theatre for the New City, Nada, HERE Performing Arts Center, Los Kabayitos Puppet Theatre, the Puppet Showplace Theatre, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Children's Museum of Long Island, Arts at St. Ann's, The Lenny Suib Puppet Playhouse at Asphalt Green, The Southampton Cultural Center, Guild Hall of East Hampton, New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and many of New York City's Public Schools and Libraries. She has also appeared on All My Children, (ABC TV) as Liz the puppeteer. Festival performances include the International Festival of Puppet Theatre, the Out of Hand Puppet Festival, the First Annual Hand Puppet Festival, the Annual Toy Theatre Festival in New York City, the Richmond Children's Festival, the Chicago Puppetry Festival, and Fin de Siecle New York a Nantes, France, and the Puppeteers of America National Festival in St Paul Minnesota.