LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

The mission of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is to educate, celebrate, and rejuvenate puppetry and the allied arts.


4 Submitted Ideas

  • CREATE ·2023 Grants Challenge

    Cultivating Creators

    BBMT requests support for Cultivating Creators, the theater's official apprenticeship program. Through our puppeteering and fabrication workshops, the program will prepare young people for creative careers in and beyond puppetry, including animation (via character design), fine art (via woodworking and sewing), and TV/Film animation and special effects (via sculpting and mold making), to name a few. Cultivating Creators will focus especially on training women and people of color, groups vastly underrepresented in these technical careers.

  • PLAY ·2021 Grants Challenge

    City’s First Marionette Mobile to Unify a Post-Covid LA

    An LA2050 grant will support the launch of a county-wide Marionette Mobile run by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater to bring self-contained, COVID-compliant puppet performances to every corner of Los Angeles. Each show will serve to connect intergenerational communities through the art of puppetry– and focus on the emotional and healing impact puppets can have on children and young adults.

  • LEARN ·2020 Grants Challenge

    The Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts

    With funding from LA 2050 we intend to establish the Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts which will provide lifelong learning through the many entry points that puppetry offers, with a specific focus on school age K-12 groups. Included in this program are musical & literary resources directly from our archives, programs and classes that explore puppetry through the intersection of art and technology, as well as professional mentors available to advise students in our theater’s storefront, a hub dedicated to direct engagement with the community.

  • CREATE ·2019 Grants Challenge
    🎉 Finalist

    The Bob Baker Department of Historic Sustainability

    The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is LA Historic Cultural Landmark #958. Having recently faced eviction at our home of 55 years, the outpouring of support when our company thrived instead of closing down was enormous, and we want to use LA2050 to create an active sharing resource where historic organizations and threatened institutions can use our new space in Highland Park to explore sustainable, innovative ways in which history is not only preserved but feasibly carried forth into the future.