Join Puppeteers of Puget Sound for our spring meeting! Our special guest, Ann Powell of Puppetmongers Theatre, will talk about Toy Theatre using a variety of examples, from a Victorian paper theatre to several made by Puppetmongers and students. Plus she’ll show us the basics of how to turn a boring cardboard box into a toy theatre. After the presentation, we’ll chat and do some guild business.
PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be password protected. You must RSVP to attend and will receive the meeting link via email at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Non-members can email PoPSPres at gmail dot com for details on paying by check
About our Speaker:
Ann Powell co-founded Puppetmongers Theatre in 1974 with her brother, David, where she creates new works for both young and adult audiences. She has toured and travelled extensively, performing Puppetmongers’ plays and observing puppetry around the world, and the company’s productions have garnered awards and critical acclaim.
Outside of Puppetmongers, Ann’s solo Bed & Breakfast received a UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, and she collaborates on projects with other theatre companies and artists. She has illustrated books for children and written one, and was a founding member of Kids Can Press.
As a teacher and mentor of puppetry arts, Ann has conducted workshops and programs across Canada, in the US and the former USSR, and in Puppetmongers’ Toronto School of Puppetry.
Theatre is about LIVEness – experiencing a moment in a room together. So how do we translate that feeling of connection to an online format? We want to get you excited about the possibilities! We will share our approach to designing new online interactive work, from concept to tech. We want you to leave this workshop with lots of inspiration and ideas, and the tools to start moving forward to make your own live online shows or presentations. For puppeteers, independent theatre-makers and other curious humans.
This workshop requires registration in addition to paying the $25 fee, so the instructors can customize the workshop to meet our curiosities and experience levels. After paying with PayPal, you should be automatically redirected to our Registration Form. Please wait and do NOT close or refresh your browser window. If you are not redirected, we will follow up with you.
Minimum number of registered participants is 10 by April 21. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a couple days before the workshop. For questions, contact PoPSPres at gmail dot com.
About the presenters:
Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo from Vancouver BC, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Nations. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source, and have been recently integrating live video and interactive live-streaming into their tool kit. Their performances play at the intersection of puppetry, visual arts, clowning & music. Their original shows “Caws & Effect”, “Curious Contagious” & “Multiple Organism” have won multiple awards for innovation and excellence at theatre festivals across North America.
Join Puppeteers of America and UNIMA-USA on March 21 starting at Noon PT for an hour-long introduction to the organizations and World Puppetry Day followed by another hour of break-out room workshops and discussions on different puppet-related topics for World Puppetry Day 2021.
Intiman Theatre and South End Stories invite you to join them online for a conversation about the power of puppetry to create inclusive learning environments and spark social change. The panelists will share personal memories from their childhood experiences with puppets and the media, and explore questions related to inclusion in puppetry, both in design and behind the scenes. This event will feature a viewing of the South End Stories original web series “Sunnyside Up,” and a selection of Amy Escobar’s puppetry work.
About the Show: Fussy Cloud aims to provide Seattle with quality adult puppetry performances while supporting the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers, especially those in the Pacific Northwest.
What We Are Seeking: – Adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long (“adult” as in “not necessarily for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required) – Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam many times before, whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you!
Step through the magnifying glass of blacklight puppetry into a world of Dragonflies and Dung Beetles. An exotic musical soundtrack provides the thread that connects insect, plant and animal species in the web of life. Ananse the Spider uses his knowledge of entomology to illustrate natural events such as orb weaving, nesting and metamorphosis. Performed by Rob Witmer and Margaret Savas.