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Literary, Theatre, Visual Arts

Hobey Ford

Golden Rod Puppets

About the Artist

Winner of the UNIMA Citation for Excellence and three Jim Henson Foundation grants, Hobey Ford is known for his excellence in puppetry performance and craft as well as his skill as a master storyteller.  Hobey designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod puppets. Hobey’s performances present puppetry styles and traditional tales from the United States and around the world.

Hobey Ford’s performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles: Bunraku, rod, marionettes, “Foamies” and shadow puppetry. He adapts tales from various cultures for many of his performances, always adding a special “Golden Rod” twist. He designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod puppets and the beautiful sets that surround them. Hobey tours a repertoire of up to six performances for preschool to middle school students with various curricular focus. Each performance is accompanied by a study guide.

Grade LevelsK-6
Maximums350 Students, 50 minutes 3/day
Technical Requirements

Will provide all technical requirements for schools. Need access to electrical outlet.

Total Fee1 performance- $716 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1320
School Portion1 performance- $358 / 2 performances (same day and same school)-$660

Shadow Puppetry Student Workshops for 2nd-6th graders, Hobey combines storytelling with shadow puppetry and brings a variety of cultures to life in the classroom through favorite stories. During this workshop, Hobey will demonstrate shadow puppetry and teach students to make a simple “rod” puppet, basically a character’s body on one or more sticks. Students will become familiar with tales from several different cultures, ultimately choosing one to illustrate with their own easily-made shadow puppets and learn shadow puppetry performance techniques.

Grade Levels3-6
Maximums30 Students, 50-60 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

Supply list available (primarily school art supplies)  

Total Fee$304 (with performance or multiple workshops)
School Portion$152 (with performance or multiple workshops)


  • Sharon Hill , North Carolina Arts Council, 919-807-6502,
  • Denise Rowson, Durham Public Schools, 919-560-3695


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