Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Ricky Syers and his handmade marionette of Doris Diether

Watch more with these video collections:

Meet longtime Greenwich Village resident, painter, actress, and housing rights activist Doris Diether, and street performer, artist, and puppeteer Ricky Syers. Syers makes marionettes that are the spitting image of people he knows in New York City’s Washington Square Park, including Diether. Her one-foot tall doppelganger was made in 50 hours over just a few days, and continues to delight park visitors of all ages.

Persona, a short by Kayle Hope, tells the story of Doris the Marionette.

doris
doris and the dog

Watch this next: Jim Henson: How to make puppets (1969). Plus more New York City and more puppetry.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

True or Poo? A trivia game show with Tumble Science

Rion Nakaya

Treasures in the Trash

Rion Nakaya

The Pits: An avocado searches for its other half

Rion Nakaya

The Handrils, a hand puppet piece by Sarah Nolen

Rion Nakaya

The Freedom to Be: Black Surfers in the Rockaways

Rion Nakaya

The Dark Art of Shadow Puppetry – Science Friday

Rion Nakaya

Table Manners, a cardboard puppet short by Rebecca Manley

Rion Nakaya

Subvisual Subway, the Art of New York City’s Bacterial World

Rion Nakaya

Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Rion Nakaya