It Was the Coldest Year

An immersive puppet spectacle for children, young adults, and families. 

by Zach Dorn 


A miniature city is created from medicine cabinets, desk lamps, Victorian dollhouses, and repurposed junk. Inside, amongst the tiny copper-wire trees and within the cramped bedrooms of the pocket-sized residents, puppeteer Zach Dorn reveals the miniature city’s hidden stories. Equipped with video technology, Dorn sends digital cameras through the cardboard streets, projecting puppet performances for children and adults alike. This is It Was the Coldest Year, an immersive one-of-a-kind puppet spectacle originally created and performed at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Museum in 2013.

I encourage you to investigate the press packet link and explore my personal website,( ), where you may find many of my work samples and past productions. All of the technical requirements, such as sound, lighting, and projection are self-contained and operated by the 
performer. For more information, such as a price quote for your school, feel free to send an inquiry to my email, 

Best Wishes, 

Zach Dorn 

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