Bob’s petite Theatre at oxy arts

Bob Baker’s “Petite Theater,” which existed before well before the Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Bob Baker’s “Petite Theater,” which existed before well before the Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

For Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts, we wanted to honor Bob’s original vision- We enlisted help from Bob Breen of Moryork to help us get it just right!

For Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts, we wanted to honor Bob’s original vision- We enlisted help from Bob Breen of Moryork to help us get it just right!

Looking back at a summer of fun, education, and puppets!

All summer long, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater presented puppet shows, had workshops focusing on making and performing, learned new skills, and made new friends! We can’t wait to continue to present more things like things in our new home at 4949 York Blvd. Here’s just a sampling of what we did:

  • Made shadows jump off the screen and into the 3rd Dimension with Eric Kurland and Christine Marie

  • Sampled original tracks that inspired Bob Baker soundtracks with Dublab

  • Explored why puppeteers do what they do, with a conversation lead by Eli Presser

  • Compared marionettes made by various artists with Joe Selph and Alex Evans

  • Learned to make puppets using a laser cutter, recycled materials, and more!

  • Patterned pieces to make GIANT puppets with Robin Walsh

  • Practiced ventriloquism with Karl Herlinger

  • Sampled some stage sounds with Foley Artist Jeff Gardner

  • Had a ball with hand puppets with our good friends Jared Ramirez and Molly Fite

  • Relaxed and related to Lullabies with Laub

  • Designed Shadow Puppets with Stephanie James


our inspiration for Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts

Bob Baker was just 6 years old when he saw his first puppet show…

Shortly thereafter, Bob established his “Petite Theatre” in the backyard of his home on New Hampshire Avenue in Los Angeles.

Bob's Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts is the first public program following the Bob Baker Marionette Theater's announcement of its new home in Highland Park, and its first as a fully active nonprofit organization. The Theater is dedicated to educating, celebrating, and rejuvenating puppetry and the allied arts. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater's former venue of 55 years in Westlake, Los Angeles provided a place where the company could engage with and respond to the city around it. Now in a moment of transition and transformation, the Theater, in residence at Occidental College’s new community venue Oxy Arts from late May through August, looks back on the earliest ideas that grew into the organization it is today.

Housed in a makeshift workshop in his backyard, Bob Baker's Petite Theatre was a place where design, culture, and a singular vision met to create the framework that thousands of artists and audiences would contribute to over many years. Bob's Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts is a place to recreate our founder Bob Baker’s earliest experiments with performance, fabrication and engagement, and share the creative resources at the heart of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater with our community.

Through shows, workshops, and interactive activities for all ages, the Theater looks back on 55 years and seeks new ways to prepare for the next 50 following the closure of its original location and the opening of its new one. Join us as we communicate with and explore this extensive history and vision based in curiosity, imagination, and joy.

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Bob’s Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts will present a series of 10 free puppet shows followed by workshops on Tuesdays throughout the duration of this residency. In addition to these shows and workshops, Bob Baker staff, friends, artists, and puppeteers will host a variety of special events that inquire, celebrate, and examine the work that the Theater has done for decades and ways in which it can change and grow moving forward.