Shank’s Mare

Shank's Mare
Shank’s Mare was created by American puppet artist Tom Lee, in collaboration with Japanese Fifth Generation Master Puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V using traditional and contemporary kuruma ningyo (cart puppetry) technique, live feed video projection and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and shamisen. It received 2016 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Puppet Theatre Design.


“You simply won’t see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft.” — Helen Shaw, TimeOut NY

“The show is exquisite. Only rarely have I seen puppet alchemists…produce such a lustrous end-reaction.” — Johnathan Kalb,

“Visually stunning, emotionally moving spectacle…” — On Maui!

Touring Details

  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Touring Company: 11
  • Outreach Programming: Workshops for professionals and students in Japanese traditional puppetry, contemporary puppetry and music are available.