To entertain and educate, using the highest skills of the art of puppetry to stimulate individual imagination and to create an enthusiasm for live performance art.

is a Southern California-based company that performs throughout the nation and around the world with a repertoire of original state-of-the art productions. Each show is comprised of unique puppet characters and staging and may include various puppetry styles - marionettes, rod puppets, life-size Bunraku-style puppets, hand puppets or shadow puppets. Innovative performance techniques as in Eastern Europe’s "Black Theater" enhance creative rod puppet performances. Unique control mechanisms allow refined manipulation of marionettes.

Over 1800 performances are presented annually in venues ranging from large theater venues to private events. Educators and students from hundreds of schools each year give enthusiastic reviews as they enjoy and learn from the Gamble programs. Art and music festivals spotlight JGPP shows as an enjoyable experience for family audiences.

Since all productions require a high degree of performance skills, each JGPP puppeteer maintains proficiency by performing multiple productions in an active schedule of shows. Constant rehearsal and performance insure the high quality required by the company and presenters of the work. Nationally known artists consult on scripts and set design while office staff oversees sales, marketing, publicity and maintenance of puppets.

JGPP has been touring for more than 25 years and is known for reasonable analysis of travel costs. Productions are designed for fast set-up and strike times, allowing for multiple venues in a single day. All are designed to travel by commercial air or van. The company is a touring artist for the California Arts Council, Los Angeles Music Center Education Division, Orange County Performing Arts Center and Young Audiences of the Bay Area.

Director and Master Puppeteer, B.S., M.S., with over 50 years of performing credits as a professional puppeteer and a highly regarded designer of marionettes and staging. Extensive touring, teaching and management experience.

A Master Puppeteer for JGPP, he has over 45 years of puppet performance credits in TV and touring shows. A member of SAG, Chambers worked for Leo Bernett USA, General Mills and the Smiley Group for commercials and creation of visual effects. John is a respected digital media instructor at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, an expert in advanced Macintosh computer systems, author of two best-selling books "Inside Macromedia Director with Lingo for Macintosh" and "Inside Macromedia Director with Lingo for Windows" Host of the "One Minute Tip" podcast…and a helicopter pilot.

A seasoned actor and puppeteer, he has logged years of experience performing in children’s theater, videos and commercials. For several years he appeared as a stunt man at Universal Studios and Magic Mountain. Subsequent seasons found him performing in Disneyland’s Fantasmic as the infamous Captain Hook. When not acting, juggling or puppeteering, he is often found training for Ironman competitions.

After earning her degree in Puppetry Theater from Karlova University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, she was associated with the Pilzen Children’s Theatre. Her escape to the US with her husband and two children allowed her to bring much of the European tradition to the Gamble Company. She specializes in performances for young children.

A talented actor and artist, he is well-known for his performance credits in the highly -respected company "We Tell Stories." At JGPP, he performs both roles in the popular Gamble production, "Tales of the Ashanti." His own company, Water’s Edge Theater, specializes in introducing poetry to elementary school audiences.

Is a highly respected workshop leader in puppet making. Through JGPP, she works for the Los Angeles Music Center on Tour program as an Artist in Residence for LA county schools. She previously performed as a puppeteer with the Greater Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix and was associated with the Follies Bergere in Las Vegas as a Principle Costumer.

Has been involved with puppetry since he was 10 years old, first as a hobby and later as a sideline to his Air Force career. After military retirement, he worked as a professional puppeteer for two St. Louis puppet companies. Now a performer and Studio Manager for JGPP, he is involved in the construction and refurbishment of hundreds of puppets and multiple sets for the Gamble productions.

Event Coordinator, Carol Ritscher became a member of the JGPP team after a notable 15 year career with Chambers of Commerce on both local and regional levels. Winner of numerous awards, she is recognized for her good working relationship with the business community. Carol coordinates Southern California bookings for JGPP, arranging the details for hundreds of public and private performances each year. She enjoys helping JGPP clients schedule their events, from birthday parties for young children to larger stage productions. When not coordinating events for JGPP, this active woman takes pleasure in being involved with her community.

As Touring Manager, Marty is responsible for all bookings outside Southern California and large venue performances throughout the U.S. Additionally, she heads up marketing and publicity for JGPP and provides direction for the company. When not attached to an office phone, she pursues other pleasures at a piano or in an airplane.

Hobey Ford, Barbara Poznik, Rob D’Arc, Beverly Armstrong and Roger Mara have provided artistic talent in puppet design, construction and script writing. Barbara Leonard is a valuable production consultant. Craig Fenter and Jack Ramsey have composed musical backgrounds for several Gamble productions.

1993 5 Film Advisory Board Awards for Excellence for videos of puppet productions.
1992 Parent's Choice Award, National Education Film & Video Golden Apple Award
1991 President's Award for Contributions to the Art of Puppetry by Puppeteers of America.
1990 California Assembly Special Resolution in recognition of "extensive contributions to the goals of the Education Division of the L.A. Music Center."
1989-90 "Citation for Excellence in Puppetry" Award by Union Internationale de la Marionette for JGPP production of "Peter and the Wolf."
1988 Special invitation by UNIMA-Nihon Festival Organizing Committee, to perform at World Puppet Festival Nagoya, Iida, & Tokyo (one of two American companies selected.)
1998 First American invited to perform in Iran since Revolution 1979.
1999 Grand Prix International Theatre Festival, Brest, Belaruse.
2000 Grand Prize for Puppet Design and Performance, Serbia, Yugoslavia.
KIDS FIRST! endorsement for video, "Hansel and Gretel." Commendation by LA County Bd of Supervisors for contributions to cultural enrichment for students.


California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Cerritos College
Lancaster Performing Arts Center
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Open House at Hollywood Bowl
Sacramento Center Library
Saddleback College
San Diego Children’s Festival
Santa Monica College
Tahoe Arts Project
Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center
Stern Grove Festival
Villa Montalvo Performing Arts Center


Detroit Institute of Arts
Fairfield University, Connecticut
Kahilu Theater, Hawaii
Kennedy Theater, Honolulu
Kentucky Derby Festival
Maui Philharmonic Society
Missoula Valleyoop Festival
Oregon Bach Festival
Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Stanwood-Camano Island Fair


Hong Kong, Macau, Italy 2004
Herzcegovina, 2003
Italy, 2002, 2003
Serbia 2000, 2003
Israel, Russia, Belarus, Yugoslavia, 2001
Serbia 2000,
France, 2000, 2002
Belarus, Bulgaria, 1999
Japan, 1999, 1996,1994, 1989, 1988
Singapore, Iran 1998
Hong Kong/ New Territories - 1997
Taejon, Korea, EXPO ’93
Mexico, 1992
Micronesia, 1975-77
Fiji, 1973


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