Staff

Paul J. Mesner, Founder

Mike Horner, Artistic Director 

Mike has been a creative force with Mesner Puppets for nine years. He is a principal puppeteer for the company as well as the lead puppet builder and designer. Mike performs in Mesner Puppets' annual season of shows and tours nationally and internationally. He recently returned from Hamburg, Germany where he performed at the Hamburger Puppet Theater. Mike’s reputation has led him to build puppets for other theater productions in Kansas City, including "Shrek the Musical" at the Jewish Community Center and "The Oldest Boy" at the Unicorn Theatre.

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Alex Espy, Education Director

Alex leads the Puppets in Education program at MPT providing a variety of education workshops and camps for schools, teachers, organizations and preK-5th grade students. Alex is experienced in engaging kids and teaching life-learning skills, most recently through puppetry arts. Alex has worked in Theatre for Young Audiences as a producer, director, designer, actor, and teaching artist. His Kansas City directing credits include “Alice in Wonderland” for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and “Peter and the Wolf” for the Kansas City Symphony. 

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Brenda Gray, Communications Manager,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Claus Wawrzinek, Operations Manager,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flo Klenklen, House Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Supporters

Our funding is dependent on the charitable giving from a wide range of individuals and organizations including:

Hallmark Family Foundation
R.A. Long Foundation
Francis Family Foundation
The Jim Henson Foundation
John and Effie Speas Charitable Trust
ArtsKC
Missouri Arts Council
NTDF
Theater League

 

Our Performances Are Partially FUNDED By:

 

Missouri Arts Council sponsor-KCNeighborhoodTourist sponsper-ArtsKC  sponsor-KCArtsPartners
 

 

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