Nancy Staub & Leslee Asch In Conversation

It always seems impossible, until it’s done.

~nelson mandella

The world of puppetry is ever-evolving. Throughout the globe, modern puppetry is often showcased through festivals and exhibitions. In an intimate conversation, veteran presenters and artists, Nancy Staub and Leslee Asch will discuss the genesis of many of programs we have come to know and love, as well as their hopes for their stewardship into the future. 


In an effort to keep paying it forward, each artist has chosen a cause to support. In exchange for this conversation, please consider donating to either or both of these charities or amplifying their message.

Nancy Staub supports the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Leslee asks that any donations go to The Clemente Center, earmarked for the puppetry exhibit. 

About The Speakers

 Nancy Lohman Staub directed a puppet theater in New Orleans Louisiana for over 10 years. She helped establish the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum In Atlanta, Georgia and the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City. She served asExecutive Director for the World Puppetry Festival and 13th Congress of UNIMA in Washington DC and acted as an associate producer in the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Program. She served as Vice-President of the UNIMA Executive Committee and a member of several UNIMA commissions. She earned an MA at the University of Hawaii and has written many articles about puppetry.

Author and Independent Curator Leslee Asch worked for Jim Henson and The Jim Henson Company for over twenty years. She began her career as a puppet builder and went on to serve as Director of Exhibitions for Jim Henson Productions, curating and managing exhibitions world-wide. She served as Executive Director of the Jim Henson Foundation and Producing Director of the Henson International Festivals of Puppet Theater. She is a recognized expert in the field. Her new book Out of the Shadows: The Henson Festivals and Their Impact on Contemporary Puppet Theater is available from Itasca Books and Amazon

Leslee is currently co-curating a puppet exhibition at The Clemente to open in August. It will be in conjunction with the puppet exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, and The International Puppet Fringe Festival. Leslee asks that any donations go to The Clemente Center, earmarked for the puppetry exhibit. 

“The only way the magic works is by hard work. But hard work can be fun”.


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