About us

Pittsburgh Puppet Works

We’re Pittsburgh Puppet Works, the one-stop puppet show shop, serving Pittsburgh and locations throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, since 2004!  In keeping true to the historical roots of puppetry in the U.S., crafty jokes and zany anecdotes are important components in our productions.  Puppets are such a powerful teaching tool, and we’ve found with the right blend of comedy and education, kids really grasp a variety of challenging issues and concepts.  We are constantly trying to expand our show portfolio, so please feel free to browse around and check out everything we have to offer.  Enjoy!

Our Speciality

Creating and performing professional, hilarious, engaging and all around catchy puppet productions for any audience or occasion.  All productions feature professional staging, lighting and sound, as well as TV/film quality puppets.  The show content is often a mix of toe-tappin’ tunes with complex choreography and multi-part harmonies , coupled with jokes, skits and themed running gags.

Our Mission

To create the illusion of life through the art of puppetry & authentic character performances in order to preserve, encourage and awaken a childlike belief in the magic-Yep, our characters are REAL!

Our Set-Up

Our stage needs approximately 10 foot by 10 foot of floor space.

Our production troupe consists of puppeteers who are all fully trained according to industry standards: 
Gwen Bowman – President
Sigurdur Erlingsson – General Manager
Carla Simmons – Musical Consultant
Adrienne Essey – Child Development Consultant
Sigurdur Erlingsson – Carla Simmons – Gwen Bowman- Laura Wise – Wayne Smith – Scott Bryte – Nick Walker – Adrienne Essey – Bob Rumba – Kim Sauers
All puppeteers provide character voices for our productions, which are digitally recorded and mastered at our studio in Allison Park, PA

Recording Engineer/Director – Sigurdur Erlingsson

Additional featured character voices performed by:

Dennis Bowman (Ventriloquist and Former TV Meteorologist) – Gina Deutch (Puppeteer/Comedy Writer) – Jason Deuch (Musician/Singer/Songwriter) – Bob Rumba (Comedian/Ventriloquist) – Walter Tolentino (Musician/Singer/Songwriter)- Laura Wise (Dance Instructor/Puppeteer)