Core Staff

Thom Yarnal,  Executive Director

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Thom has been producing live theater for over thirty years. He has produced, directed, choreographed, and taught in theaters and colleges across North America.  His puppetry work in New York City included producing the Brazilian puppet troupe Grupo Contadores de Estorias and directing the world premieres of “The Overstuffed Chair” and “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.”  In the Fox Cities of Wisconsin, he developed the largest non-profit theater education program in the state and produced 34 productions including the puppet extravaganza, “James and the Giant Peach.”

Thom has participated in the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference and taught mask performance at several theaters and universities.  Since 2010 Thom has been producing traditional dance and music events throughout New England, including “Boston Wassail!” an annual 12th Night celebration in Jamaica Plain.

Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director

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Roxie Myhrum became Puppet Showplace Theatre's Artistic Director in 2010 with a promise to cultivate New England's next generation of puppetry professionals. Since then, she has significantly expanded the theatre's educational programming and rallied the local emerging artist community around the Incubator New Works Development Program.

Trained in puppetry as a teenager, Roxie spent a decade working with Flock Theatre as a resident company member at the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. After graduating from Harvard University (A.B. Social Studies, magna cum laude) she worked in television/film production, strategic communications, and academic research before finally focusing her career on the live performing arts.

Roxie has served as a puppetry instructor and coach at the Huntington Theatre Company, Company One, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (IRNE award, Avenue Q), Wheelock Family Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Boston College, Suffolk University, and Worcester State University. She has guest-taught puppetry classes at Harvard, Brown, Babson, and BC and has led all-ages workshops promoting puppetry literacy throughout the greater Boston area. She is a member of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry and UNIMA-USA, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Puppeteers of America. More information at

Brenda Huggins, Communications Director

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Brenda is a graduate of Emerson College with an M.A. in Theatre Education.  She holds B.A. degrees in Music and Theatre Arts and Communications from Western Connecticut State University.  She has over seven years of experience as a teaching artist and curriculum developer in art disciplines including theatre, visual art, and music.  Brenda has five years of experience as a non-profit administrator and project manager.

Cat Meilus, Operations and Audience Services Manager

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With a background and BFA in Stage Management, Cat comes to PST with a great deal of theatrical experience. She worked at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston as a resident assistant stage manager.  In that role, Cat had the pleasure of working on the Lyric’s award-winning production of Avenue Q, her first hands-on experience with puppetry. Soon after the production and with a new found fascination and respect for the art of puppetry, she decided to make the transition into an administrative theatre career.  This is what brought her to join the staff here at PST!  Cat also works as the Production Manager for Bad Habit Productions; a small Boston based theatre company dedicated to fostering new talent and encouraging a vibrant, connected environment for artists in the Boston theatre community.   A strong believer in making performing arts accessible to children, Cat is honored to be a part of what PST brings to the community of Brookline and the Greater Boston area.


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