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Our Staff and Artists

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Seth Tucker
Acting Managing Director
Caitlin Friedberg
Director of Youth Programs

Caitlin is spearheading Open Hand Theater’s Early Childhood Education initiatives. As a teaching artist for children ages 2-18, she tailors programming to meet children where they are, and has expertise working with children with special needs. Caitlin graduated from Cazenovia College with a degree in Theater Arts, and began her career with Open Hand Theater as an apprentice. She has peformed as the puppeteer of Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, was the puppeteer of Linus and the voice of Pig Pen and Schroeder in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and played a number of characters in The 39 Steps. Caitlin teaches for Open Hand Theater at Circus Camp, and the school break camps. She was also a teaching artist for Syracuse Stage at Franklin Elementary School. Caitlin is an experienced stage manager and performs with the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival.

Independent Artists

Rachel Prikazsky

Rachel is currently attending Syracuse University where she is working on her Master of Social Work.  She started Circus Camp when she was eight years old as a camper.  In 2014, she became the dance teacher for Circus Camp.  She was also involved in Open Hand's production of "Mr. Jacob's Snowflake".  Rachel started her dance training at the age of 4 at the Onondaga Town Dance Program.  She then trained at Syracuse School of Dance for many years.  She is also an accomplished Irish dancer, having reached the champion level.  If you have any questions for Rachel, you can email her at: 

Vladimir Vasyagin

Vladimir is Open Hand Theater’s master puppeteer from Skomorokh Theater of Tomsk, Russia. He is a graduate of the Ekaterinburg Puppetry Institute of Russia and has performed throughout Russia, Europe and US (New England and New York). He was a faculty consultant for The Media Unit, and specializes in puppet design and construction and Russian puppetry with Open Hand Theater. Vladimir's stage roles include Svidrigailov in Crime and Punishment, Koroviev-Fagot, Aphrany and Investigator in Master and Margarita, Cardinal de Richelieu and De’Jusack in The Three Musketeers, and Snug the Joiner in Open Hand’s international touring production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a collaboration with Skomorokh Theater. His Open Hand Theater performances include the title role in Don Quixote, Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the puppets Squire Alworthy and Thwackum in Tom Jones, and the lonely monster in Frankenstein. He also plays the title role in the traveling show, Grandfather Frost. You may email Vladimir at: