Born in the USA with German roots, Amy Weinstein received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology in 1987. 

 After a college internship in Bogota, Colombia, she returned there to live and work. During her 8 year stay in South America, she (re)-discovered her interest in and love for theater and so began to focus on learning and training in physical theater, vocal stagework and puppet theater performance. 

 In 1994 she founded Saltamontes Puppet Theater and in 1998 returned to her home country to take time for more intense study, receiving a Master of Arts in Dramatic Arts in the year 2000 from the University of Connecticut.  

In 2004, she moved to Germany.  She has delighted thousands of children, youth and adults in several countries with her performances and workshops and is now based in Bavaria where she performs and teaches theater–in German, English or Spanish with more to come! 


Brigitte Graykastle comes from a small village in the Bavarian Forest.  She calls herself „Bavarian’s Most Enthusiastic Street Musician“!  

After successfully finishing her A-Levels (high school / Abitur) in 1988 in Deggendorf, she began studying languages.  First she studied Latin in Regensburg and then headed to the „University for Languages“ in Munich from 1989 to 1991.  Stricken  by a serious case of wanderlust as well as a deep love of French Chansons and Scottish Ballads, she then took off with her accordion into the wild blue yonder!  In the following years she sang and played accordion mostly in Scandinavia, Holland and Switzerland until she went to the USA in 1993.  In 1996, she returned to her hometown and is now based in the Bavarian Forest.

Besides busking, she also performs at festivals, weddings, birthday parties, markets as well as other kinds of events.  In 2007 at a performance at Burg Stefling, she met Amy Weinstein.  Since then, they have worked together.  Brigitte brings her general artistic creativity to Saltamontes,  especially with regards to music, an essential element of each performance.


„Die Welt ist Bunt“ Interkulturelles Festival, Ingolstadt 

Puppet Showplace Gala, USA

Sommer am Regenbogen Figurentheater Festival, Germany

International Figurentheater Festival, Germany

Kindertheater Festival, Germany

Euromarionette International Festival, Romania

Puck Theater International Puppet Festival, Romania

Theater Hobbit Puppet Theater Festival, Germany

Kindertheater Festival, GermanyWillimantic County Fair, USA

CT Children’s Book Fair, USA

 Arts in Motion, USA

Charter Oak Cultural Center, USA

Litchfield Hills Puppet Festival, USA

Children’s Theater Festival, USA

„Kleine Gartenschau“ Festival, Germany

Provincetown Portuguese Festival, USA

Celebration of the Arts, USA 

Cheshire Fall Festival, USA

University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Windham Arts Celebration, USA

Encuentro Nacional Titiritesco, Colombia

Festival Internacional de Los Martires, Colombia

Festival Internacional del Teatro, Colombia


Raum für Theater, Musik und Bewegung, Cham 

Kindergarten St. Chistophorus,Trasching 

Katholische Kinderhaus Santa Maria, Falkenstein

Waldkindergarten Cham

Grundschule Stamsried

Volksschule Nittenau

Wells-Turner Memorial

Library, Glastonbury

Goodwin Elementary School, Storrs

Augusta Cultural Center, Meriden

Bischof-Wittman Schule, Regensburg

Munich International School, Munich

Regensburg International School, Regensburg

Bildungsstätte Sankt Gunther, Cham

Hauptschule, Zwiesel

Realschule, Bad Kötzting

Centro de Cultura Cota

Colegio Santa Francisca Romana Bogota

Benedikt Stattler Gymnasium, Bad Kötzting

Stadtbücherei, Roding

Stadtbücherei, Weiden

Seniorenheim Sankt Michael, Cham

Stadtbücherei, Deggendorf

Kindergarten Sankt Elizabeth, Andechs