Professor Johanna Smith
Improv and Puppetry Specialist
Some Past and Ongoing Projects
Teatro Lambe Lambe with PuppetSoup
Johanna has been collaborating with UK-based company PuppetSoup in the hopes of spreading this unique Brazilian form of puppetry far and wide.
The Adventures of Pia in Tlaxlandia
Click to see a clip of my work from a documentary about this project
Johanna was on the first part of this collaborative puppetry journey with In Other People's Shoes. The journey continues and I'm excited to see where Pia will go!
Kenyan Puppet Partners
Johanna is a collaborator with Kenyan puppetry artists who are part of The Puppetry Hub in Nairobi.
The Fortune Teller of Pomona CA
Every year Johanna puts on a free puppet experience for her neighborhood. This puppet's antics have been seen by thousands of kids (and now their kids) for over 20 years.
Puppet designer/builder and director for this touring children's production for CSUSB
The Witches, MainStreet Theatre Co.
Puppet and mask designer/builder
Mariposa/Butterfly, New Plays for Young Audiences
Puppeturg for this workshop of José Casas and Sandy Asher's play for the very young, directed by José Cruz Gonzalez
Inspired by the amazing work of Susan Addington, a series of puppet videos teaching holistic math concepts for young children. Writer/director/puppet design.
Puppet designer and director. This CSUSB production was. invited to the Sofia Puppet Fair festival in Bulgaria and then toured 5 major cities in China.