Who we are

Modern Times Theater has been making and touring puppet shows, and novelty music since 2007. “The Perils of Mr. Punch”, an updated Punch and Judy show, is fast paced and witty. New episodes are created annually, making it a great fit for venues looking for repeat performances. Modern Times Theater has performed at the HOP Center at Dartmouth College; the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry; Governor’s Institute on the Arts, Vermont; the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, NH; Puppet Showplace Theater; Artistree’s Grange Theater; Shelburne Farm; the Caledonia County Fair; Paul Smith College; Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series; The New World Festival; Spruce Peak Independence Day Celebration;  Great Small Works’ International Toy Theater Festival; Montpelier Alive; the Festival of Fools; Big Tiny Love; the Common Ground Fair, ME; Sinterklaas Festival, Rhinebeck, NY; Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY; and the Museum of Everyday Life, Glover, VT.

Click here to learn more about the history of Punch and Judy.

Modern Times Theater has is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, and New England Foundation of the Arts.  The theater is eligible for NEST (New England State Touring) grants, and is a member of Puppeteers of America and UNIMA-USA.


Rose Friedman has been working in theater since she was a young child. She studied at the Moscow Art Theater and New School University. She worked as a performer and workshop leader with Bread and Puppet Theater for over a decade, and was the Celebration Barn affiliate artist in 2014. She holds a Masters degree in education, with a license in Early Childhood.  Rose is a founding member of Modern Times Theater and Vermont Vaudeville, and continues to work as a teaching artist for all ages. She sings and plays the ukulele.

Justin Lander is a comedian, puppeteer, musician, and auctioneer. He has toured puppet shows nationally and internationally since 2002 and has been a Professor of Mr. Punch since 2006. He is a co-founder of Modern Times Theater and the emcee of Vermont Vaudeville. Justin teaches workshops for kids and adults in puppetry, junk music and improv comedy, and is an alum of the Bread and Puppet. He also plays the musical bicycle pump.