Hobey Ford's performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles: Bunraku, rod, marionettes, "Foamies" and shadow puppetry. He adapts tales from various cultures and the natural world for many of his performances. He designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod puppets and the beautiful sets that surround them. Hobey tours a repertoire of up to five performances for Pre K-7th grade. Each performance is accompanied by a study guide. Sea Song - explores the biology of the seashore; Animalia - explores the magical world of animals; Migration - wonders of migration; World Tales - puppetry techniques and stories from around the world, Turtle Island Tales - Native American stories; The Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales - Chumash, Puerto Rican and Nordic stories. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://youtu.be/vrql8IW5vvU
Winner of the UNIMA Citation for Excellence, three Jim Henson Foundation grants, and member of the Kennedy Center Teaching Roster, Hobey Ford is known for his excellence in puppetry performance and craft as well as his skill as a master storyteller. Hobey utilizes his artistic studies from the State University of New York and the University of North Carolina at Asheville to design and construct all of his Golden Rod puppets. Hobey’s performances present puppetry styles and traditional tales from the United States and around the world. He provides shadow puppetry workshops for students and teachers, workshops in creating his own “foamies”ť puppets for teachers as well as writing process enhanced by puppetry for teachers and students.