Nebraska Authors

Lee Ridge

Died 1986

Designer of puppets and marionettes and writer of puppet play scripts. Ridge was the director of the Puppet Theater at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. Her whole family became involved with puppetry after taking a class on the subject at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. (See Marjorie Shanafelt). Her husband, Neil Ridge, built puppets, and her father, Ed Bell, built puppet stage sets; her son, Sam Ridge, became a puppeteer. Ridge acquired a national reputation for the quality of her work and gave puppetry workshops at the Detroit Institute of Art and elsewhere around the country. It would be difficult to overstate how fondly she came to be regarded in the Lincoln creative community, and she is remembered as an important fund raiser for both the Lincoln Community Theater and Lincoln City Libraries.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay


Theater; Puppets; Puppet Theater Playscripts



Places Worked

Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln, NE


Her students included puppeteer Paul Mesner.


wrote original plays for puppets

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