Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s mission is to spark wonder, give insight, engender joy and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. We create puppet theater because it’s a venerable, low-tech mode of communication — handmade, decentralized and locally adapted. We believe such theater can engage people of many ages and walks of life.
Arm-of-the-Sea was founded in 1982 by Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden as an experimental hybrid performance group combining art, ecology and social action. We continue to experiment with this ephemeral art form as a symbolic visual language that can illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of this blue ocean planet. Our company tours to cultural centers, festivals, community venues, and schools throughout the Northeast and beyond. We also conduct theater arts residency programs, and create an annual outdoor spectacle, the ESOPUS CREEK PUPPET SUITE, in our hometown of Saugerties, NY. 
      This web site is but a shadow on the cave wall.  Come out and see a live performance!PERFORMANCE CREDITS include:
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, New York, NY
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Central Penn. Festival of the Arts, State College, PA
Lotus Festival of World Music, Bloomington, IN
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY
Tilles Center, Long Island University, Brookvale, NY
University of Wisconsin at Marathon, Wausau, WI
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
Johnson Co. Community College, Overland Park, KS
Warwick Summer Arts Festival, Warwick, NY
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY
Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Abrons Art Center, New York,
Providence First Works, Providence, RI
Grand Opera House, Oshkosh, WI
NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, NY
First Night Concord, Concord, NH
State Museum of Penn., Harrisburg, PA
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Playhouse on the Green, Bridgeport, CT
Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, NY
St. John’s University, Queens, NY
New Haven Festival of Art & Ideas, CT
Detroit Festival of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT
Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY
Barre Opera House, Barre, VT
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline, MA
Stockton State College, Stockton, NJ
Imagine Festival of Art & Ideas, New York, NY
SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
Emporia State College, Emporia, KS
The Maine Festival, Portland, ME
Madison Civic Center, Madison, WI
St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN
Empire State Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
SoNo Arts Festival, South Norwalk, CT
Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, NY
Clearwater’s Hudson River Revival, Croton NY
Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
Kirby Performing Arts Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY
Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY
SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY
Purchase Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Submerge Festival, New York, NY
William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
Old Songs Festival, Altamont, NY
Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg, NY

National Endowment for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, NY State Music Fund, Jim Henson Foundation, Hudson River Foundation, Meet the Composer, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Puffin Fund, Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Woodstock Chimes Fund, Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, Ulster County Cultural Services Fund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Rex Foundation.

Lincoln Center’s Out-of Doors Festival (1993)
Environmental Grantmaker’s Association (2001)
Museum of Jewish Heritage (2003)
Clearwater (1988,1990)


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