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Founded in 1979 by Michael and Valerie Nelson, Magical Moonshine Theatre (MMT) performances have been seen coast to coast in the U.S., as well as internationally with performances in 15 countries in 8 different languages.      

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Michael Nelson, Director and Founder

Michael Nelson studied puppetry at the International Puppetry Institute with the late Jim Henson of the Muppets.  Addionally, Nelson has taught puppet theatre arts at the Napa Valley College; was a California Arts Council Artist in Residency; has been a regular writer for the national journal of puppetry; was a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild; and is a past-President of UNIMA-USA.


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Valerie Nelson, Assistant Director

Valerie Nelson...


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