Commute of the Species

COMMUTE OF THE SPECIESCollaboration with Processional Arts Workshop
Saturday, May 22, 2:00 pm
Katonah train station

On May 22, join us for a pageant of invasive species that will board a train at various stations from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah, merging upon arrival with a cacophonous street procession of puppets, costumes, and sound.  The entire community is invited to participate in this 1/2 mile procession.  The event is rain or shine.

As part of the Katonah Museum of Art's exhibition The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater, Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) has been commissioned to create a site-specific puppet performance designed for the commuter rail. The piece, entitled Commute of the Species, will inhabit a designated train car en route from NYC, emerging as a full-fledged procession in Katonah. Deploying an accumulation of puppets to chronicle the arrival of non-native animal and plant species in the Hudson River Valley, Commute of the Species will transform the everyday commuter experience into an allegory of migration, habitat expansion, and unforeseen consequences – in effect, condensing 400 years of eco-history into a single one-hour train ride. For more information, visit the PAW website.


  • Participate in a Sunday puppet workshop at the KMA. Help put the finishing touches on the puppets for the procession. Sundays, April 11, 18, 25, and May 2; 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Free. Call (914) 232-9555 ext. 0 to sign up.

  • Perform in the procession on Saturday, May 22. Volunteer to animate a commuting puppet! Embark with your fellow "invasives" at pre-arranged stations on the Harlem Line, emerge at Katonah and take to the streets. Some rehearsal and preparation may be necessary.

To participate, please fill out our online volunteer form.

  • BYOI - Bring Your Own Invasive. This is a delightful opportunity for individuals, families, or friends to create and perform together. Suggested web sites with images and information on invasive species: and NYS invasive species at

To participate in a workshop or perform in the procession, please contact Karen Stein at or (914) 232-9555, ext. 2969. Space is limited.