The mission of Tears of Joy Theatre is to produce, develop, and present puppet theatre that celebrates the diversity of world cultures; and to teach children and enrich their lives by helping them experience, create, and perform art with professional artists.
Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theaters, known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Each year our programs serve over 100,000 children and adults.
The company tours widely throughout the United State as well as offering a variety of educational programs in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Tears of Joy Theatre has received a Washington State Governor’s Arts Award and a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for its “exemplary commitment to arts in education.” Four of the theater’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, The Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA.
“At Tears of Joy Theatre, puppetry is enlarged, taken on stage and combined with the tradition of classical theatrical performing. The company’s beautifully designed puppets will blow you away as they come to life.”