Who is Paperhand?

In 1998 Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s directors Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger met and began a collaboration of epic proportions. Since then, they have been using papier-mâché, cardboard, bamboo, your old house paints, cloth, and other assorted junk to create incredible giant puppets, masks, shadow plays and spectacle performances for all ages.


Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy.

Our vision is inspired by our love for the earth and its creatures (including humans). We will synthesize many art forms including, but never limited to, sculpting, painting, dance, music, improvisation, costume design, set design and theater. We are committed to creating multi-scaled and multi-disciplinary puppet performances that support this vision.

We will use this puppetry, performance and creativity to undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear and promote justice, equality and peace. We will work uncompromisingly to these ends.

We are celebrants. We are activists. We are puppeteers.

To learn more about Paperhand, visit our website or, better yet, visit our studio in Saxapahaw NC. 

 To support Paperhand directly, check out our Patreon

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