Online Event! “The Making of Puppets Helping Pets: Abby Bosley’s MFA Project” on 5/6 at 7 p.m.

The UConn Puppet Arts Program and Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry present an online live presentation titled The Making of Puppets Helping Pets: Abby Bosley’s MFA Project, with UConn Puppet Arts graduate student Abby Bosley on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. EST via Facebook Live on the Ballard Institute page ( A recording of the event will be available afterwards on Facebook and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry YouTube Channel ( Viewers are encouraged to watch the first episode of Puppets Helping Pets before the live behind-the-scenes discussion. The first episode is available on YouTube at:

Join UConn Puppet Arts Program third-year graduate student Abby Bosley as she explains the process of bringing her MFA project, Puppets Helping Pets, to life. Puppets Helping Pets is a social media service project that includes two “pup-pet” characters, Cleo and Wendy, who want to share ways to help shelter animals, and other pet-related information with humans. Abby will answer questions and share how the idea evolved, how the puppets were fabricated, and how she created a video with them. For more information on Puppets Helping Pets, visit and watch the first episode before the live discussion on Youtube at

See even more behind-the-scenes content by following Puppets Helping Pets on Facebook (@PuppetsHelpingPets), Twitter (@PuppetsHelpPets), and Instagram (@PuppetsHelpingPets). 

Abby Bosley is a student in the UConn Puppet Arts Program graduating with her MFA in spring 2020. She received her BA in Integrative Arts at Penn State University. There she completed her solo honors thesis show, Abby Bosley’s All Day Happy Hour. During her time at Penn State she combined her love of art and sculpture with her love of theatrical makeup. At UConn Abby dove into bringing her style to the world of puppetry, eventually creating Puppets Helping Pets as her MFA final project. She designed this puppet service project to help shelter pets by raising awareness through informational and entertaining social media videos. In addition, while at UConn, Abby has helped out with many projects, including fabricating and performing in Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s She Kills Monsters, and fabricating for Matthew Sorensen’s The Legend of the Snow Queen. While at UConn, she also worked at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry as a tour guide, workshop leader, and museum assistant. Abby loves her pets and is passionate about helping rescue pets in any way possible. More of her work can be seen on

For more information, please contact Ballard Institute staff at