About String and Shadow

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe

String and Shadow Puppet Theater is a performance troupe based out of Olympia, Washington. With mixed backgrounds in theater, visual art, film, circus, and computer science, String and Shadow has joined forces for the last 3 years to create experimental and interactive puppet shows incorporating masks, shadows, live music, mechanical theater, and puppets of all sizes. They have toured their shows nationally, performing in all manner of venue – from theater to backyard, art gallery to street corner. 


Using mythology from across the globe for inspiration, as well as the works of beloved authors, thinkers, and friends, their stories and puppets seek to encourage communities to enter dream-states together in the analogue world. String and Shadow is deeply dedicated to the importance of play, imagination, and childlike wonder, and believe these states have the power to bring us closer to understanding ourselves, our children, and our communities.


Our materials are generally sourced from recycle-stores, construction dumpsters, newspaper stands, free piles, and, occasionally, the hardware store. Each production is made possible by the amazing dedication of our volunteers, willingness of our audience, and generosity of our community. Plus a lot of hard-work and papermaché.