Figures of Speech Theater - Perform

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Puppets, Collaborations, Costumes, and more!

The artists at Figures of Speech Theatre have the experience to tackle many aspects of mixed-media stage production, from developing artistic concepts, to directing and training, to conjuring puppets, masks and costumes — for venues ranging from intimate black-boxes to expansive concert halls to exuberant outdoor festivals.

Don't see what you had in mind? We would love to discuss your project, large or small, and how you could bring our artistry into the mix.

Puppet Design & Construction


We accept commissions to design and build all kinds of figures and masks, and can also train your performers to animate them on stage. Examples include Magic of Christmas for Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Tempest for the Freeport Shakespeare Festival, and The Long Christmas Ride Home for Colby College.

Creative Collaborations


We can conceptualize the entire project with you, and partner all steps in the creative process. Examples include Peer Gynt with Portland Stage Company, Magic of Christmas with The Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Gilgamesh with Heartwood Regional Theater.

Costume Design


FST co-founder Carol Farrell has a Master's Degree in Costume Design and 30 years of experience creating everything from Shakespearean kings to fabulous giant creatures.

In addition to her role as an affiliate artist at FST, Carol is currently the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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Directing & Training


FST Artistic Director John Farrell offers insightful direction for full-length productions and provides extensive training on the use of puppets onstage. Past examples include: Dragon's Daughter at Bates College, Peer Gynt at Portland Stage Company, The Long Christmas Ride Home at Colby College, and Portland Symphony Orchestra's Magic of Christmas.