The MOST UNIQUE Childrens entertainment in Dallas         

 Box Office  469 442-1919                                            Le Theatre de Marionette

 
 

About Us - The History and Artists of Le Theatre de Marionette


Behind the Scenes at Le Theatre de Marionette's Jack and the Beanstalk

"It all starts with an idea and a block of wood." 

                                                                    - John Hopkins, Le Theatre Founder

 


John Hopkins,   Le Theater Owner, Founder

Starting at Six Flags Over Texas in 1975, John Hopkins began what turned into a lifetime career in children’s entertainment.  Mr. Hopkins has worked for numerous entertainment companies including Children’s Television Workshop - Aniforms and Sid and Marty Krofft Television.  An artist at heart, John created Le Theatre de Marionette in 1992 in Arlington, Texas when he transformed the then-defunct Greyhound bus station into a family theater and local children's attraction.  The theater moved to NorthPark Center in Dallas in 1995.  John has been the driving force in fabrication and design of the marionettes for Le Theatre over the last 20 years.  He has also constructed countless puppets, sets, and props for companies across America.  John has built three other theaters since that first opening in 1992, and maintains the production facility for the Le Theatre touring programs.  John resides in Flower Mound with his wife Patrice and son Gavin.

jhopkins@letheatredemarionette.com

photo right:  John Hopkins at the opening of Le Theatre NorthPark, 1995


 Kent Williams   Show and Performance Director 

A Dallas-area stage and voiceover actor, Kent joined Le Theatre in the spring of 1996 at the NorthPark theater.  As a 22-year Teaching Artist specializing in a variety of performing arts disciplines, he has instructed for Junior Players, Big Thought, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, NorthPark Center, Dallas Public Libraries, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Workforce Commission and the US Department of Education.  A company member of Undermain Theatre (D Magazine's 2009 pick for top theater), Kent can be heard on Cartoon Network in a number of FUNimation Entertainment features such as Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  Kent is represented by the Mary Collins Agencykent@letheatredemarionette.com


Todd Haberkorn Special Projects/Videographer

A FUNimation Entertainment leading actor, Todd appears at anime conventions throughout the hemisphere to sign autographs to throngs of teary-eyed fans.  Having joined Le Theatre in 2007, he is instrumental in producing our media material and has become a valued puppeteer when needed.  When not on a movie set or in a recording booth, Todd also serves as a company member of the acclaimed Undermain Theater but spends much of his time developing projects for Out of the Office Productions... a video/film production house boasting work with Colin Firth, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.  Todd is represented by the Horne Agency.

 



 
 
 
 

HOME PAGE      Le Theatre Box Office:  (469) 442-1919  Tue - Fri, 10AM - 5PM