Bart Roccoberton is the head of UConn's puppetry program.
Roccoberton's career has encompassed many different phases from Practicing Artist (which includes conceiving, writing, designing, building, performing and trucking the shows) with The Pandemonium Puppet Company, to Advocate (in the form of the National Puppetry Institute [NPI] which has now become the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry [BIMP]), to Educator (Workshops, Lecture/Demonstrations, Master Classes, Symposia, Academies and Programs), to Organizer (of Training Programs, Productions, Performance Series, Workshops, Master Classes, Academies, Festivals and Events), to Diplomat (representing the U.S. at UNIMA-International and serving as a bridge to China, as it became a national member of UNIMA-International, and Taiwan, as it develops definition and seeks recognition).
His initial cognitive thrust was to be a Theatre Practitioner, training first in performance and later in the technical aspects of Theatre. By fluke he was led to the Puppet Arts where he found total satisfaction for his myriad interests, skills and needs of expression. Within this form Roccoberton found a sincere need to advocate the possibilities of the various voices of the Puppet Arts. It is an ancient expression, yet it is as new as today!