• Carly Howard

Witches Are In: An Interview with Annie Zook of The Denver Puppet Theater



The theater has been Annie’s home since the mid 1990s, the walls lovingly adorned with her collection of puppets, some more than 100 years old. A one woman show, Annie is responsible for every aspect of the production from constructing the puppets to writing and performing all of her shows.


The Denver Puppet Theater, owner Annie Zook unravels cashmere sweaters found at local thrift stores. “The yarn is so much cheaper this way,” she says. Her hands seem to be always at work, even as she chimes in on various issues and ideas brought up by local residents and business owners. She has opened up the theatre to be a welcoming space for the 38th Ave Coalition meetings, a neighborhood organization concerned with the mindful development of 38th Ave.


The theater has been Annie’s home since the mid 1990s, the walls lovingly adorned with her collection of puppets, some more than 100 years old. A one woman show, Annie is responsible for every aspect of the production from constructing the puppets to writing and performing all of her shows.


“It’s such a mess in here,” she says about her highly organized art studio, where everything has a place from big spools of yarn to tiniest scraps of fabric. It even includes a fenced-in corner devoted to her youngest grandchild, full of miniatures and other toys that could only come from a grandmother and puppeteer. “She comes and steals all of my props,” Annie says. Her son and daughter in-law live behind the theater and her husband runs the coffee shop next door. It is truly a family affair.


After making puppets of their own, children run around outside in the whimsical courtyard with several fountains and beautiful gardens. The love and dedication Annie has for her work is palpable. One can truly feel the magic here.



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