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The Vultures Photo by: Richard Turmine

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I am a zookeeper. I sculpt and construct puppet creatures with animal qualities that capture natural forms and movements through a tension between realism and abstraction. I give life to these creature puppets using intense focus to transfer enigmatic energy through my hands. This allows me to disappear behind the puppet to become a visible invisible puppeteer. My endearing puppets emotionally connect to audiences, like Lucy the Ice-Picker Bird plucking a delicate feather to reach out for interaction. It is in that moment, when the puppet is authentically alive that we discover true magic. 

Jess Rassp (she/her) is a puppet maker and puppeteer in the Baltimore area, who specializes in immersive and devised physical theatre. Inspired by nature, culture, and mythology, her work fuels environmentally-centered narratives, inspires storytelling through the subtleties of creature expression, and encourages audiences to connect with our natural world. Jess has worked as an independent artist with various theatre companies as a leader, designer, and puppet creator. In addition to intensive studies in theatre and fine arts, she received her B.A. in English Literature from Brandeis University. 

Jess is a member of the Submersive Collective: 



Henry V 

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

April 22 - May 15


Reckoning with Seeds, And the Light Bleeds:

A Devised Piece

Fells Point Corner Theatre 

June 3 - 19


Truepenny Projects 

July 15 - 31


Jess Rassp leads puppetry workshop intensives for professional actors, students, and children. These lessons are in the abstract practice of puppetry as well as fabrication of puppets. She has lead this workshop with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Morgan State University, Community College Baltimore County, and Single Carrot Theatre Summer Camp. Please inquire if interested! 


Submersive Productions:Winter Seeds (2021), rECHOllection (2021), 

See Also: (2020), MASS/RABBLE (2019)BATS! (2018)

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (2017, 2018)

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: A Raisin in the Sun (2022), Dracula (2019), Alice in Wonderland (2018),

The Winter's Tale (2018), Othello (2017)

Single Carrot Theatre:Covid Monologues (2021), 

Savage/Love (2016), Midlife (2016), Year of the Rooster (2015)

Interrobang Theatre Company: Here We Are (2019),  

Cohesion Theatre Company: Tornkid (2019),

Frankenstein (2019)La Llorona / The Orphan Sea (2018), 

Mr. Burns (2017), Sally McCoy (2017), Men on Boats (2017),

Schoolgirl Figure (2016)