Get motivated, gain confidence and learn techniques for using puppets and stuffed animals, powerful teaching and learning tools! Enrich and nurture creative thinking, stretch the imagination, strengthen a love of language, motivate reading, and heighten visualization, critical thinking, listening, and communication skills. Incorporate art into literature’s main character, goal, problem and solution.
Jean Kuecher, puppeteer and producer of the Marionette Playhouse, delights audiences with marionette, hand puppet and black light puppetry performances. Jean performs for schools, libraries, birthday parties, churches and corporate events. She is a performing and teaching artist with Young Audiences of Houston. Jean has a master’s in education and is a Registered Trainer with the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System. As a teacher she used puppetry to enhance her classroom curriculum. As a school counselor she developed weekly marionette shows on self-awareness themes. She is a charter member of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild and a member of the National Puppeteers of America. Jean is the director of the annual Houston Puppetry Festival, providing quality performances and workshops for teachers, librarians, and puppetry enthusiasts. Jean’s puppetry training workshops for educators are motivating and fun, while increasing literacy and science skills!