Vicki Riske

Vicki has been interested in puppetry and storytelling for many years. She created puppets for theatre productions at NDSU in Fargo. After graduation, Vicki produced a television show for Channel 4 in Fargo, “Owlwitness News with Olivia de Hoot and the Owlwitness News team."

Over the years Vicki worked in several theaters painting scenery, making props, crafts, and costumes. She worked in theaters in Fargo; Detroit; Ann Arbor; Boston and Tempe. Vicki was also involved in the commercial and film industry in Arizona working on numerous commercials, television productions and films; most famous being “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

In the 90s she made a shift to Computer Graphics and worked for several years as an animator for Green Rabbit Design Studios. Following that she produced online instructional products for text books at Pearson.

In 2014, Vicki traveled to China as an Artist in Residence for two international schools in Shanghai. She enabled K-5 grade students to create puppets and puppet shows.

Currently Vicki has her own business, We Are Puppeteers. She writes and illustrates children’s books, designs and builds custom puppets. Her first book, The Polka Dot Tea Party, published in 2019, is about finding shapes in nature and friendship. Local artist Laura Best illustrated Vicki’s second book, Grandma Bibi, which tackles the difficulties of memory loss in older loved ones from the perspective of children.

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The Polka Dot Tea Party
Children / Teens
Outskirts Press
January 2019
ISBN 9781977207159
34 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Discovering shapes in nature is fun. Jackie loves polka dots and finds them everywhere in the desert. More/less

Grandma Bibi
Children / Teens
We Are Puppeteers
November 2019
ISBN 9781734126815
36 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Jackie's grandmother has moved from their home to a memory care facility. Jackie does not understand why her grandmother does not remember her anymore. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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