Anna Sobel

About Anna Sobel

Anna Sobel has been a professional puppeteer since 1998. She first trained and worked a puppeteer for Kids on the Block (national) and Blue Sky Puppet Theater (University Park, Maryland). In 2003 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study puppetry in India as a tool for social change and education. She spent nine months in India and founded Talking Hands Theatre on her return to New York in 2004. She is now based in Western Massachusetts and tours all over New England to perform. Previous venues include the Springfield Museums, Puppet Showplace Theater (Boston), the Boston Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC), the central branch of the New York Public Library, and schools, libraries, camps, and community centers throughout the area. In addition to performing, Anna is an experienced teaching artist in puppetry and theater, specializing in arts integration with literacy and social studies. For ten years, she was a teaching artist with Enchanted Circle Theater (Holyoke, MA), and prior to moving to New England, Anna taught puppetry in New York City public schools through Shadowbox Theatre and Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2008 she was honored as the Laura Adasko Lenzner artist-in-residence at the Bank Street School for Children. After her B.A. at Wesleyan University, Anna studied literacy and early childhood education at Bank Street College and also holds a master's degree in educational theater from N.Y.U. Anna has completed the Anat Baniel Method intensive training for working with children on the autistic spectrum, and volunteered for three years as an in-home one-on-one with a child on the spectrum through the Son-Rise Project. "You truly know your craft and share it well with children. They gave you a thumbs up!" Victoria Munroe, 1st grade teacher, Wildwood Elementary, Amherst, MA

Grade Levels

PK , K , 1 , 2

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Curriculum Focuses

Social Studies Science

Program Formats

In-School Performance In-School Workshop


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