Z Puppets Rosenschnoz bursts at the seams with wild energy, creative genius and sheer fun.
Wendy Jones, Minnesota History Center
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz is Minneapolis duo Shari Aronson and Christopher Griffith. Z Puppets specializes in original family-friendly performances that combine physical comedy with puppetry and dynamic arts education experiences.
Z Puppets has performed for festivals, museums, theaters, libraries and special events throughout the Midwest and across the country.
Recent highlights include: Puppeteers of America South East Regional Festival, 2004 and 2006 (North Carolina) ; Smoky River Hill Arts Festival 2006 (Kansas); Sioux Falls First Night 2005 and 2006 (South Dakota). In the near future, CMP will have the honor of performing in Minnesota at the: Walker Art Center, 2006; Puppeteers of America National Festival, 2007; and, returning for the ninth consecutive winter to the Minnesota History Center, 2007, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 2009, the Puppet Showplace 2009, Caffe Lena 2009, KiMo Theater 2009.
Additional honors include:
2009 Ivey Award for creating puppets
Jim Henson Foundation Award for new children's work (2009)
Commissions from the Jerome Foundation/In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in 2004 and 2006 to create new work for the annual May Day Celebration
National Festival scholarships from the Puppeteers of America in 2003
Travel Grants from the Jerome Foundation to perform with Galumph Interactive Theater at the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Seattle in 1999
Several commissions for new work from The Minnesota History Center and the MN Colorectal Foundation from 2001-present.
For ten years, both Chris and Shari have served as arts education consultants for the Educational Theater Association and the MN state-run Perpich Center and taught residencies for students of all levels.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz offers original performances for hire, including:
The Puggles: A Platypus Adventure: a musical tale of a brother and sister platypus trying to make their way through this big, big world;
The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus: a glow-in-the-dark ping pong ball spectacular;
A La Carte: In a Fool's Kitchen: a faux-french clown chef attempts to cook a puppet lobster while opening his one table cafe;
The Comical Misadventures of Mr. Punch: a modern version of a traditional Punch & Judy hand puppet show;
Z Juggling Rosenschnoz: a blend of physical comedy and aerodynamics that is equal parts ooh's, aah's and ha-ha-haa's.
Z Puppets is proud to be included on the Young Audiences of Minnesota and COMPAS: Global Arts Program Rosters.
In addition, Z Puppets provides educational workshops and artist-in-residencies for children and adults in a variety of topics, including:
Arts for students with Special Needs;
Brainstorm Theater (based on the work of Augusto Boal);
Paper Faces (mask movement);
Puppetry (writing for puppets and animation);
Theater across the curriculum (custom designed for your needs);