Valley Cultural Foundation provides diverse programs and events in the arts that bring together talent, community and business throughout the San Fernando Valley. 2021
Discover the lost art of handcrafted marionette puppetry!
Born in Newport Beach, California, Franklin Haynes has logged thirty years of experience entertaining families with marionette puppetry. He is the artistic creative power house behind the company. A family man, he resides in Riverside California with his wife and his three children. He is a seasoned performer, a gifted and talented puppet builder. A graduate of UC Riverside with a degree in theater and education, Franklin was a credentialed bilingual elementary school teacher for Riverside USD for five years. He is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Credits include puppetry manipulation on television with Disney-Touchstone/ABC in Day Break with Taye Diggs. He helped in the making of the Scapegoat Wax rock video on MTV. He also was seen on UPN’s popular Blind Date program where he taught the blind date couple how to manipulate marionettes. He is a recognized member of Puppeteers of America, and a member in good standing with the Los Angeles and Orange County Puppetry Guilds. He has performed numerous children’s programs on cable. His rapport and experience with children is magical and unmatched by other entertainers. Because he is fluent in the Spanish language, shows can be performed bilingually.