About Yippee Skippy

Greetings, puppet fans! Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater offers engaging, live puppet theater experiences for all ages. Our best-selling shows are Silly Storybook for toddlers to age 6, Fractured Fables for ages 6-11, and The Frog Prince and Friends, an entertaining extravaganza for the whole family. We also offer customized shows and puppet comedy walk-abouts for Health Care and Institutional settings of every description.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater was founded in 2006 by puppeteer and puppetmaker Rebecca Migdal, who was joined in 2008 by children’s theater actor and musician Andy Laties. In January, 2020 the troupe welcomed puppeteer and musician Alyssa Lou Allen.

In addition to offering improvised comedy versions of familiar folk and fairy tales for all ages, we specialize in customized puppet comedy for any occasion, with live music and face painting as available options.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater is currently the Puppet Theater in Residence at Book & Puppet Co. and has appeared in schools, churches, art galleries, parks, community centers, bookstores, and private events throughout the New York City and Philadelphia metro areas and beyond.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater is fully insured and certified to work with children in the State of Pennsylvania. We keep up-to-date child welfare and criminal clearances on file for all members.

Rebecca Migdal, puppeteer and mastermind

Rebecca Migdal is a performance artist, puppetmaker and comics journalist, and the founding Director of Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater. She has worked as a teaching artist in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Rebecca is a 1989 Alum of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Emerging Artist Grant (sharing the honor that year with the Blue Man Group.) She was a Regents Scholar at UC, Santa Cruz earning a BA in Studio Art (1982.) She also took a Masters in Communications (Journalism) at NYIT (2005) and an MFA in English and Creative Writing (Script Writing) at SUNY, Stony Brook (2008.) Rebecca Migdal is a Jungian scholar and Certified Dream Tender, and is currently studying for a PhD in Depth Psychology.

Andy Laties has performed in hundreds of schools–in 25 states–as a musician and children’s theater actor with Yippee Skippy Puppet Theatre and Child’s Play Touring Theatre. A winner of the Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Award for bringing children and books together, Andy has served as house storyteller for several bookstores he has owned and managed: The Children’s Bookstore in Chicago, Bank Street Bookstore in New York City, and Book & Puppet Company in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Andy co-founded the Yale Summer Children’s Theater, and studied comic improvisation with Players Workshop of Second City. Andy plays dozens of musical instruments that he acquired during his world travels.

Alyssa Lou Allen, puppeteer and musician

Alyssa Lou Allen is an Easton native who performs throughout the Lehigh Valley and tri-state area as a musician, actor, and puppeteer. After graduating from Lycoming College with a degree in Psychology, Alyssa traveled the world and returned to her hometown, where she started self-publishing comics and singing in bands. She served as Touchstone Theatre’s 2018-2019 apprentice and her comics have appeared in Locust Moon Comics Festival (RIP) and World War 3 Illustrated. She currently performs in multiple music groups, and works as a teaching artist and freelance designer and consultant in the Lehigh Valley.