Seth Eberle - Puppet Artist - Theatre Artist
Photo courtesy of Bruce Silcox photography.
Seth Eberle is a Minneapolis based puppet artist who focuses on using various forms of puppetry to tell stories for family audience with a focus on contemporary marionette performance. Seth uses the simplicity of puppetry performance to convey complex ideas to family audiences. He strives for quality in craft of performance and in the highly technical creation of wooden puppets or pupppets made from paper mache and cloth. He seek to honor the intelligence, wonder, and creativity of children while using the simplicity needed to create quality puppetry to communicate complicated ideas to an audience that may not always be thought able to handle complexity. Complicated messages are just as important for adults to remember and reflect on, which is why Seth says that he serve family audiences and not simply children. Seth's performances are meant to speak to children and adults equally. He structures metaphor into performance that is meant to be interpreted by adults and find moments of joy and creativity that speak to children. Through puppetry, children are able to gain language and metaphor to talk about complex issues with their important adults. Wood, paper, cardboard, and cloth is the choice for materials to communicate to the audience the importance of the handmade and simple in our lives, rather than the plastic and mass-produced.