About Us

theater - video - puppets

Little Shadow Productions is a full service production company that specializes in boutique production needs including web, commercials, theater and more.

Known for our specialization in the art of puppetry, we offer a broad scope of services to the entertainment industry for any type of project. Whether it’s building a puppet for your next project or creating viral videos, short films, or specialized theater productions, Little Shadow can do it for you, “turn key”. 

Need a service that you don’t see here?
Don’t worry, we love co-productions and are happy to collaborate with others to bring your ideas to fruition! Little Shadow is also available for your consulting and development needs. From pre-production on, we’re there to help make your dreams a reality.


Our Story - Our Dream

Little Shadow Productions started to find its way in 2012 with the development of an original play called Zwerge. As the company was finding its footing in storytelling with a focus on social justice issues, the entertainment industry, particularly the world of puppetry, was suffering. The following year, Adventures of Liverwurst Girl was born. When Wyatt Cenac came knocking in 2014, Little Shadow put together a team to design, build and perform the puppets for his highly anticipated Netflix special,“Wyatt Cenac’s Brooklyn”. It was at this point that Little Shadow officially became established as a producing entity in the puppet world.

All along though, Jean Marie had a larger vision for Little Shadow.
Puppets, both large and small, will always be part of our DNA, but it is the people around them and that we are trying to reach and that are now our focus. Whether the storytelling take place through entertainment, workshops, or coaching, Little Shadow is there to help you look at your life. We’re not interested in taking up a lot of space, we’re interested in holding space for stories and services that must be shared. We are not interested in taking credit, we want to be there to shine some light. Our playmaking, screenwriting, general creative storytelling and healthy curiosity remains.

Our Team

Our team is composed of a diverse group of wildly experienced and newly budding professionals, working side by side to address change, new ideas and curiosity, while delivering great results. Like all living and breathing organisms, our teams grow and change based on the needs of each project and challenge before us. Below are a few people who are currently at the heart of things.

Jean Marie Keevins
Owner, Chief Dreamer and Dream Strategist

Jean Marie is a NYC-based, multi-hyphenate creative and business expert. Known in the arts as an Emmy-nominated supervisor, award-winning producer, writer, puppet artist and designer she is most proud of her role as an all around cheerleader and coach for those who work outside of the box and are on a mission.

At Little Shadow, Jean Marie is chief creative visionary, business planner and team coach. Based on the knowledge gained working for companies such as Apple, Sesame Workshop, Disney and the like, coupled with her time moonlighting in hedge funds, Jean Marie understands what it’s like to serve the needs of a large engine. As a serial entrepreneur and someone who frequently serves and consults small businesses, Jean Marie also understands how to build and maintain the business itself. Her hybrid approach to her business and creativity is her secret sauce.


Andrea Detwiler

While based in the US, one never knows where in the world Andrea will pop up. As our resident Master Craftsperson, Andrea serves as Little Shadow's authority on all things puppet building.

Geert Rigters

Based in the UK and born in the Netherlands, Geert is the driving force behind our signature Puppet PLAYGround TV Puppetry learning program. Geert ensures that learning includes play. 

Tau Bennett

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Tau teaches the foundations of tv monitor puppetry in our signature Puppet PLAYGround program. His steady presence and massive skill helps to guide the newbees in the group in a calm and respectful way. 

Zuri Nkosi Terrell 

Based in New York City, Zuri  recently joined our team as our Zoom room moderator. Her steady demeanor and reliable attitude makes her a welcome addition to the team.

Gay Ann Patayon

Gay has been helping Little Shadow grow our business by getting and keeping our books in order. Hailing from the Philippines, Gay brings a need spaciousness and organization to the company.


Handling most things "back office" related items, Viktorija supports the Little Shadow team remotely while on the road. Her work ethic, attention to detail and wanderlust are all qualities we love.

Neda Izadi

Currently serving as our Artist in Residence, Neda is an Iranian born puppet artist based in Massachusettes. Neda and Jean Marie are developing a new show, "You Have Arrived" which addresses the growing climate refugee crisis for young and TYA audiences.





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