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Steve Petra

VU Associate Professor

Steve Petra trained at the National Theatre of Puppet Arts and at Jim Henson Productions in Manhattan. He is a full-time professional ventriloquist and puppeteer performing his own scripts, songs and music. Previously, he worked as a professional musician. He now specializes in curriculum-based assembly programs for elementary schools.

His elementary school shows combine educational content with puppetry, illusions, props, sound effects, music, audience participation and general hilarity to keep students engaged. This is live theatre on their level. Many students have never seen a ventriloquist show and are fascinated. His goal is to leave them with an interest in these theatre arts as well as in the subject matter presented.

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