What we are

We are pursuing a radically divergent model of art making. If theater is a four-lane highway, we are off-roading in a buggy. 

We do not belong to one physical space, but believe in creating venues in unlikely locations, as well as revitalizing the historic, run-down, and defunct. We bring high-quality performances to people and places that have little or no access to live theater. 

We make work in conversation with our environment and community, building shows and events in response to the needs and particular culture and possibilities found in our small rural region. And sometimes we take our work on the road, and experiment with what works in other contexts.

We are old-fashioned entertainers, and also civically-minded artists who have defied the limits of categorization for more than a decade.

Modern Times Theater has received grants from The Jim Henson Foundation, 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.

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; Puppet Showplace Theater; Artistree’s Grange Theater; Shelburne Farm; the Caledonia County Fair; Paul Smith College; Sandglass Theater; The New World Festival; Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center;  Great Small Works’ International Toy Theater Festival; Montpelier Alive; the Festival of Fools; the Common Ground Fair, ME; and the Sinterklaas Festival.