Nick Barone Puppets


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Quotes from Customers

" Thank you so much for the wonderful performances you gave our libraries and bookmobile this summer! "
- Librarian, Monterey County Libraries

" Your stories were very charning and appropriate for the children...I especially liked your puppets - they have a lot of character and are very creative...Thanks also for making things so easy for me. Because you had everything so compact and even had the power pack, it made my job easier and I really appreciate that. "
- Youth Program Administrator, Livermore Public Library

" Thanks so much for sharing your puppets and good humor with the folks and families of the Temporary Central Library! Hope you come back again real soon. "
- Librarian, Seattle Public Library

Dear Nick,

Thank you so much for a fantastic puppet show at our library! Your performance is my idea of the ideal puppet show – thoroughly professional, yet full of heart and personality; colorful, magical, catchy tunes, witty lyrics, and a wonderful original story just right for kids of all ages and their grownups (who laughed as much, if not more than the kids). I was torn between watching the show and catching the reactions of the audience. The littlest were completely entranced, and the older ones so caught up that they began to sing along. It was a great time for all! I am so impressed and had such fun that I’m thoroughly inspired to attend your puppetry workshops.

We can’t wait to have you come back again!

Very Sincerely,

- Acting Manager / Children's Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

" This is GOOD! "
- a six year old boy enjoying his first puppet show, Nick's Tales from the Enchanted Forest

" Dear Nick,

Thank you again for such a wonderful puppet show for our twins' fourth birthday last weekend. You exceeded my expectations (which were set high)! You kept over twenty four year old kids glued to their seats for over 30 minutes -- that is very impressive! In addition, the parents enjoyed the humor and creativity in your show! We all especially liked seeing how the puppets work - which was a special part of the presentation.

Thank you for making our birthday a special memory! I'd recommend you any day, and would enjoy seeing more of your original work. 

All the best,

Jodi "

" Once again - thank you for the great show.  All the kids (and adults) really enjoyed the show. After the party my son was able to tell the whole story to my neighbor - he was really able to grasp it so well. He usually does not have a big attention span so I was amazed at your story telling skills.

Hopefully we'll get a chance to see another of your shows some time in the near future.

M.S. "



Puppets: The casts of Tales

Nick Barone has always had an interest in puppetry. He built his first puppet when he was just 5 years old. He soon began writing short stories and making home movies featuring his hand-made puppets. During summer vacations, Nick attended various art classes in New Jersey and Philadelphia. While still a teenager, Nick was contracted to paint sets for local theater companies.

Eventually, Nick moved to Hollywood, California where he became a set painter for the television industry. He got a second job teaching puppet making classes at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. The President of Michael’s was so impressed with Nick’s puppets, he took one for display at the corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX. Nick soon became a lead window dresser and store display coordinator for Michael’s Pacific South West Region.

Nick made a few puppets for a public access TV station in Oceanside, CA, there he learned of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry. Nick worked with various puppeteers at The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA for almost 10 years where he developed his skills and learned to work with puppets on stage and in front of a live audience. It was in San Diego where Nick built his first puppet show, Jack and the Beanstalk. People really liked Nick’s puppets, so he started building puppets for sale. At first, his puppets were sold only to local puppeteers, but soon he was selling them to puppeteers and theater groups across the country. One of his most challenging experiences was building an entire cast of puppets for The Marin Theater Company’s production of ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’. Nick has also constructed costumes and puppets for Nickelodeon Productions and built miniature sets and performed puppets for the Emmy Award winning video,"The Mousecracker" by Snapdragon Video Productions.

After moving to Northern California, Nick stopped building puppets for others in order to concentrate on writing and building his own puppet shows.

Through the years, Nick has also taught puppet building workshops to amateur and professional puppeteers at National and Regional puppetry festivals. Although Nick uses a variety of puppet styles in his performances, he became recognized for his moving mouth puppets. Nick Barone is a staff member of PuppetFest MidWest and is the current Moving Mouth Puppetry Consultant for Puppeteers of America.

Nick now spends his days traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area entertaining audiences of all ages with his original stories and beautifully hand crafted puppets. When he’s not out performing, he can be found in his workshop writing stories, building puppets and creating new puppet shows to entertain the child in all of us.

Nick is a member of the following puppetry organizations: Puppeteers of America, UNIMA-USA (the USA branch of the international puppetry organization), the local San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild and the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry. Nick is the "Moving Mouth Puppet" consultant for Puppeteers of America. Nick carries performer's liability insurance through Puppeteers of America.

Nick and his puppets were featured on The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV and in the San Jose Mercury News.

The following is a short list of some of the many organizations that have hired Nick Barone Puppets since he began performing in Northern California.

Alameda County Libraries
California Academy of Sciences

City of Daly City
City of San Leandro
Contra Costa County Libraries
Filoli Gardens
Foster City Art & Cultural Center
Franham Elementary, San Jose
Fresno County Public Libraries
Ghirardelli Square
Glenpark Canyon, San Francisco
Habitot Childrens Museum
KinderCare Learnng Centers
Kindercourt School System
Lagunitas Country Club
Livermore Public Libraries
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Mill Valley Library
Monterey County Free Libraries

Oakland Public Libraries

Palo Alto Children's Library
Penninsula Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Library System
Piedmont Recreation Department
San Anselmo Library
San Jose Public Libraries
San Leandro Public Library
San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild
San Francisco Public Libraries
San Mateo County Libraries
Santa Clara County Libraries
Seattle Public Library System
Stanford Linear Accellerator
Turlock Library
Zeum - San Francisco


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