Judith O’Hare is an award winning puppeteer teaching artist, an international teacher trainer in puppetry in education, and co-editor of the book, Puppetry in Education and Therapy:Unlocking Doors to the Mind and Heart. Her work has been recognized by the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, and she has been a performer and teacher trainer on both Coasts and for three International Puppet Festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was sponsored by the US State Department. She also has performed and taught in Tanzania , Calgary, Canada, and Hong Kong She received the Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for Puppetry in Education from the Puppeteers of America in 2007. She has also been recognized by her peers, The Northeast Region of the Puppeteers of America with an award for Service to the organization and creating and directing Pupets:Education Magic and her community which gave her an award for her contribution the arts in Reading, MA.
During the COVID months she has initiated and moderated ZOOM Talks with Puppeteers in Education and Therapy; these talks were generated out of the cancellation of the Northeast Mid Atlantic Puppet Festival that included Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist which she initiated and hosted for the past 10 years . The 2020 PDTAT presenters met on Zoom to catch up on work and dealing with COVID related issues and we have met once a month since early spring. This Panel is a continuation of the work of Teaching Artists.