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Marc works alone or with Fran Slade to provide face painting, storytelling, puppet shows, arts workshops, and commission work. Marc ran the Puppet Workshop in Providence for twenty years. They invented a workshop puppet called the Puffet and made over 25,000 children and adults.

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Fran and I are interacting with children and families with all that we do. Our art and puppet making workshops help children and adults create unique art pieces which will last for years. Our face painting brings the children to a "new" way of seeing themselves, which is an exciting experience! Every puppet show is designed to entertain and educate. The Better Understanding through Guidance in Schools (BUGS) has fifteen values shows on littering, self-esteem, child abuse, and all were written with the advice from counseling professionals. We know the our USA map will be used to by hundreds of children who will learn about our country. All of our storytelling stories are original and traditional tales, and we invite audience participation, pre- and post- viewing activities, so the audiences learn and grow. We love what we do!

When I was five, my father made puppets and a puppet stage for me. After graduating from Brown, I did two years work as a conscientious objector for the Providence Recreation Department. At the close of that service, I founded The Puppet Workshop, a non-profit educational organization which received grants from the NEA, RISCA, the Prince Foundation, city and state agencies. PW closed in 1993, and I went on to learn face painting, started writing and performing original stories, created fifteen arts workshops for the Providence Recreation Department, and started playing Santa Claus. As they say, one door closes and many more open!

We have years and years of experience in the art and craft of what we do. Fran has played Mrs. Claus for twenty years at Pawtucket Winter Wonderland. Marc spent nine years as a resident puppeteer at Meeting Street School, and created arts workshops playgrounds where the pieces had to last for ever! You can see videos of all this work at Youtube Channel: Marc Kohler.