Mesner Puppet Theater
Mesner Puppet Theater, celebrating its 30th performance season in 2017-2018, is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company performs a local season of plays as well as tours nationally and internationall to more than 30,000 audiences annually.
A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation, Mesner Puppet Theater operates on an annual half million dollar budget with over 50 percent of income from ticket sales and performance fees. It is funded by the Theater League, the Missouri Arts Council, the ArtsKC Fund, the Neighborhood Tourism Fund of Kansas City and many more generous individuals and organizations.
Other major Linwood entrance photofunders have included the Hall Family Foundation, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, the John and Effie Speas Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundations, and the Flarsheim Charitable Foundation, among many others.
The company operates in a rehabilitated 6,000 square feet former hardware store in KC's Hyde Park neighborhood south of the KC Plaza. Here, the company performs in a studio space seating 200, and builds all of the puppets and scenery for every show. A display room of Mr. Mesner's extensive puppet collection doubles as a childrens workshop for making paper puppets after every show. Administrative offices are also located at this official address, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO.
Mesner Puppet Theater is a member of the Theatre Communications Group (the national association of professional theatres), and a touring partner with the Mid-American Arts Alliance and the Missouri Arts Council.
Community Impact Statement: Theatrical experiences that encourage a sense of community and creates a place to explore feelings, thoughts, and ideas through artistic means. We present nearly 200 performances per year attracting an average of 30,000 audience members. Many of our attendees are experiencing theater for the first time.
Our mission is simple...Innovative storytelling that captures children's imagination and inspires communities.
We don't just provide puppet shows, our storytelling reflects the gift of love, the impact of compassion, the result of good behavior and the art of empathy. Our workshops stimulate ideas and stir the imagination. We spread our reach to serve those who are first-time theater goers, live in underserved communities or are unaware how performing arts can impact lives. We are rich in creativity and abundantly giving in helping our community thrive and grow!
Collaborative cultural ambassadors telling stories through theater with puppets to educate and enhance communities.