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Thank you, Leslie, Andrea and Vladimir!

Join us on Friday, Dec. 2nd at Opening Night of Amahl and the Night Visitors, to thank Leslie Archer, Andrea Martin and Vladimir Vasyagin for all they have done for Open Hand Theater!
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Leslie Archer

Leslie began performing with Open Hand Theater in 1989. She studied Performance Arts at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the University of Poitiers, France and received her BA from Syracuse University. Leslie is one of Open Hand Theater's featured performers, stage designer, and musical director. She is a talented teaching artist, and specializes in teaching young people about playwriting. Leslie was the production designer for Open Hand's collaboration with Syracuse Opera The Magic Flute, has created the musical arrangements for many Open Hand productions, and performed as a puppeteer for Band in Berlin with the Hudson Shad at Geva Theater in Rochester. She currently can be seen in the touring productions, The Chocolate War and Grandfather Frost.

Andrea Martin

Andrea began performing with Open Hand Theater in 1983 and has createed the costuming for many large scale puppets and stilting characters in Open Hand’s major productions. A graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, she worked first as an eighth grade science teacher, and then as a seamstress for Syracuse Stage. Andrea has influenced Open Hand Theater's young actors for years as our Circus Camp comedy teacher and as the director of Hand in Hand Youth Theater, and the North Side Youth Theater Project. Andrea performed the puppeteer of Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as one of the three Sisters in Macbeth, and as Hermia in Open Hand’s bilingual production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the puppet Dulcinea in Don Quixote, the puppets Blifel and Molly in Tom Jones, and as Roberta Walton in Frankenstein. Andrea can be seen in the current touring show of The Secret of the Puppet's Book, and The Chocolate War. You may email Andrea 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 is a faculty consultant for The Media Unit, and specializes in puppet design and construction and Russian puppetry with Open Hand Theater. Mr. Vasyagin 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 – 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:

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