The Gerwick Puppets
184 Hildreth Street, Marlborough Mass. 01752-2986
Gerwick Puppets was founded by artists Deborah Costine and Leonard Gerwick in 1974.
It has proudly presented over 5000 shows in New England to over one million children.
Len Gerwick grew up doing puppet shows.
From junior high through college he took his
portable theater by subway to all five
boroughs of New York City. He graduated
from Pratt Institute, studied at Columbia
University, the University of Vienna (Austria)
and received a Masters in Art History from
the University of Toronto, Ontario. He has been passionate about painting, history, classical music and dance throughout his life. He was an art teacher at Holliston High School in Mass. for nine years before entering puppetry full time. He is the recipient of the Northeast Region of Puppeteers of America's Artistic Achievement Award in 2008. He has been on the board of Puppeteers of America as chair of its Endowment Committee and also on the board of The Puppet Showplace in Brookline, Mass. Along with puppetry, he is dedicated to his painting where his work has been shown in galleries in New England.
Debbie Costine grew up in New Hampshire,
graduated from Plymouth State College,
and attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine
Arts. She taught puppetry at Northeastern
University, Boston, Mass., Worcester State
College and Plymouth State. She has
conducted workshops in voice and sculpting at regional
and national puppetry festivals. Her character voices are heard on the Verizon website (superthinkers.com). Deborah is the author of The Twig Family in the Oak Tree, a gentle nature story for young children. In 2008 she was a recipient for the Northeast Region of Puppeteers of America's Artistic Achievement Award. In 2009 she won the prestigious U.N.I.M.A. USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry for her show, A Woodland Cinderella. Debbie's newest work Turtle's New Home received partial funding from the Jim Henson Foundation.
The Gerwick Puppets have toured New England for over thirty five years. They have performed often at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Masschusetts, the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut and the Springfield, Massachusetts Museum of Art. For three years they performed every Sunday at the Children's Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. and were ten years running at Boston, Mass. First Night. They have performed at the World Trade Center in New York. They did Rip Van Winkle at the Van Cortlandt Mansion in New York where in colonial times one of the characters in Washington Irving's story lived. They performed Thornton Burgess at his birth home in Sandwich, Massachusetts and where he wrote his stories in Hampden, Massachusetts. They performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. and the Portland, Maine Museum of Art. They are members of the Massachusetts Touring and New England Touring Programs.