Jennifer Aguirre lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Sonora, California, where she has been sharing her love of puppets over 25 years, but her love of puppetry began when she herself was a child. The first puppet show Jennifer remembers was when she was 4 years old performed in a garage by older children within her idyllic central valley California neighborhood. She was enchanted by the puppet show and it sparked a desire to explore puppetry throughout her childhood.
At age 12, Jennifer wrote a script and designed a flat hand puppet made from felt and sewn by machine, a skill she learned from her mother. She continued with her puppetry into her teen years, but it wasn’t until the birth of her first child and discovered the beauty of the puppetry in Waldorf Education. Enchanted with puppetry once again, Jennifer began to create puppet shows for her children and well…it grew and grew from there. Of course with a little help and inspiration from her friends.
She has developed eight different themed Puppet Pocket Story Aprons, and has become acclaimed and sought after for her sweet quiet ways with the children. Young audiences are literally enchanted with her puppets… and with hands folded in their laps wait on her every word. They have opportunities to participate as the whole show depends on which pocket they pick next.
Jennifer is well loved in a variety of venues such as the Strawberry Music Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, the Hoe’s Down Festival and Pinecrest Lake as well as classrooms and storytelling conferences. Jennifer enjoys teaching the puppetry arts to adults at ECE conferences and smaller workshop venues.
At present, Jennifer is writing a book about her Puppetry to be used in the classroom.