Meet Their Maker


Maggie Whalen, Director of Magpie Puppets, a one-woman hand puppet theater, has been performing puppet shows for children and adults since 1969.

In 1971, Maggie founded and directed Poor People's Puppets in NYC, which performed in its own storefront theater from 1971 to 1974. She has worked with the Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont and Luna Theater, formerly of Somerville, MA.

In addition to performing, Maggie teaches puppet-making workshops and builds custom-made puppets for theaters, filmmakers and individuals. She is an active member of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry. She is also a member of Puppeteers of America.


  • Article by Ed Karvoski, Jr., Fifty Plus Advocate, September 2, 2017

    Stoneham Woman Keeps Hand in Puppetry for Five Decades
    Stoneham – New York City native and now Stoneham resident Maggie Whalen has spent most of her life entertaining children and adults as a hand puppeteer. Now, she's expanding her audience with a shadow puppet show specifically geared for older adults.
  • Article by Amy Swain, The Somerville Times, June 13, 2015

    Magpie Magic at Puppet Palooza
    Magpie Puppets promotes fun and entertainment first and foremost. However, this show's inherent message of equality is important for people of all ages.


  • Appearance on the PBS program, Curious George, Sock Monkey Opera episode, giving a puppet-making workshop.
    Choose MOV or WMV format.



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