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Kurt Hunter is a Minneapolis-based puppeteer best known for his innovative solo marionette work. He has performed with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and as a guest artist with the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra. For Open Eye Figure Theatre he has constructed marionettes for “A Prelude to Faust” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and was a featured performer in three “Toy Theatre After Dark” festivals. He has studied with marionette masters Phillip Huber and Albrecht Roser. He is a frequent workshop leader in marionette construction and performance. In 2008 he received an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in Puppetry for “Sock Puppet Serenade.”
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Although Kathy Hunter has only been involved with puppetry since she and Kurt were married in 1993, she brings with her talents that she has been developing for many years. Kathy is a classically trained soprano with a truly rare gift for music. She is also a very talented seamstress and continues to take classes to learn about the latest fabrics and techniques. Her mother, who taught painting classes for many years, helped her develop her keen sense of color. Although relatively new to marionettes, Kathy has shown a very natural feel for marionette manipulation and performed with Kurt as guest artists with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.