GRAYSON MORRIS PUPPETRY Appearing Sat Jan 10th 2015 at 2:00pm


The Asheville Puppetry Alliance Presents



Grayson Morris' unique brand of visual storytelling features beautiful, hand painted two dimensional puppets illustrating folktales from West Africa, Japan, Ancient Greece, and the Lenape People of the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Grayson Morris is a puppeteer, storyteller, and stand-up comedian based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her puppetry has been featured at The Fox and Beggar Theater’s Anamalia, The Black Mountain {Re}HAPPENING, and numerous puppet slams throughout the region. She is a former member of Anam Cara’s experimental theater ensemble Accordion Time Machine and will debut her one-woman show at Asheville's Fringe Festival in January. Grayson runs a community involvement workshop series called Puppet Club to help empower adults to produce their own puppet shows. She is co-founder of Street Creature, Asheville’s giant puppet collective and she loves working with children and doing artist residencies in schools.


Asheville Puppetry Alliance was founded to bring puppetry in all its forms to Western North Carolina. The organization emerged when several nationally known puppeteers settled in this area. APA was established to celebrate puppetry, an art form that is ancient, contemporary, ever evolving and enjoyed by all ages in all cultures. We promote puppetry by educating our public about the origins and development of the art form and introducing them to a variety of puppet styles. We also act as an umbrella organization for artists in Western North Carolina and beyond, to produce new works.

Since receiving our non-profit status in 1998 we have produced shows for both adult and children's audiences. In our first ten years we produced nine seasons of our Young Audience Series, held at the Diana Wortham theater in downtown Asheville, NC. The 2008-2009 season marked our tenth anniversary of providing quality educational programs and family entertainment for Western North Carolina.

The Alliance has hosted two major festivals for Puppeteers of America. The first, Puppets On the Ridge in 2004, was a regional festival for the Southeastern states. In 2006 we hosted Supersonic, the tri-regional festival, for the entire East coast of America. Other events include sponsoring Debra Brown, the choreographer for Cirque du Soliel, to lead a community based workshop on Creativity, and co-sponsoring Pamella O'Connor's Anatomy of Melancholy,an adult puppet performance.