PoPS National Festival Scholarship

Puppeteers of Puget Sound (PoPS) is happy to announce applications are now open for our Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarships. We will be awarding two $400 scholarships to help recipients attend the 2023 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America.

Applicants must be age 18 or older and must reside in, or be currently attending school in, Washington State, or have been a member in good standing of PoPS in 2022. See form for complete guidelines.

In April 2020, PoPS voted unanimously to rename our festival scholarship to honor two legends of puppetry from our region. Longtime members of the Puppeteers of America as well as our local guild, Jean and Joan had a long and amazing collaboration as Seattle Puppetory Theatre.

Applications are due by 11:59pm PST Sunday, February 19, 2023

How to Apply:

1. Fill out and submit our online form

2. OR download this PDF and submit requested materials

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PoPS Winter Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 7pm PT
WHERE: Online
COST:

  • Free for current PoPS members
  • $8 for non-members (you can apply the meeting fee towards membership if you choose)

Enjoy a screening of the new movie, Pip and Squeek Go Viral, and presentation by its creator and PoPS member Rob D’Arc. We will also elect officers for 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be password protected. You must RSVP by one hour before the meeting to attend.

HOW TO RSVP:

  1. Renew Your PoPS Membership or Join PoPS
  2. Pay the $8 non-members fee through PayPal

You’ll receive the meeting link via email at least 24 hours before the meeting.

PoPS Fall Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 7pm PT
WHERE: Online
COST:

  • Free for current PoPS members
  • $8 for non-members (you can apply the meeting fee towards membership if you choose)

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be password protected. You must RSVP by one hour before the meeting to attend.

HOW TO RSVP:

  1. Renew Your PoPS Membership or Join PoPS
  2. Pay the $8 non-members fee through PayPal

You’ll receive the meeting link via email at least 24 hours before the meeting.

sock puppet holding sardine
Sock puppet with raw Sardine” by willem velthoven is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Aurora Valentinetti 1921-2022

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound is sad to announce the passing of Aurora Valentinetti. Known to her legion of students at the University of Washington as Miss V and Professor Valentinetti, Aurora’s teaching career at the university spanned 50 years.  The UW Drama Department provided the platform for her focus and teaching of Children’s Theater and Puppetry.  Several decades of Seattleites were entertained at the holidays to classic puppet performances in the downtown department store, Frederick & Nelson, by the UW Puppeteers. 

Also known for her singing ability, Aurora sang at her church in West Seattle, and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral where along with the late Peter Hallock they collaborated on a number of musical theatrical performances, such as Everyman and Noah’s Flood.  Bainbridge Islanders will remember her many seasons of directing performances at the High School.  The Valentinetti Puppet Museum in Bremerton bears her name.

A service in Aurora Valentinetti’s memory is being planned by her family at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee.

Aurora Valentinetti
Aurora Valentinetti. Courtesy of the Valentinetti Puppet Museum.

For more details on Aurora’s inspiring life and career, see:

Pacific Northwest Regional Puppet Festival

Left Coast Puppet Love Fest

Left Coast Puppet Love Fest
When: August 3 – 6, 2022
Where: Seattle, Washington at Seattle University and Seattle Central College
Registration: $80 – $275 (FESTIVAL ONLY: housing, meals, parking, t-shirts, sale tables are available for additional fees)
Register online through July 11

Puppeteers of America members enjoy savings on full festival registration fees.

For questions, contact festivals@puppeteers.org