First PoPS Meeting of 2021

Wednesday, January 27 @7pm PST via Zoom

Join Puppeteers of Puget Sound online for our first meeting of the new year. We’ll chat with special guest Val Thomas-Matson, Founder/Producer of local television show Look, Listen and Learn and then discuss guild goals for 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting will be password protected. You must RSVP with Rachel Jackson to attend and will be emailed the meeting link within 48 hours.


  • Free for 2021 members. Join or renew today!
  • $8 for non-members (you can apply the meeting fee towards membership if you choose)


Val Thomas-Matson and possum

About our Special Guest

Seattle-based community organizer/activist Val Thomas-Matson talks to us about developing award-winning local children’s show “Look, Listen and Learn” (LL+L).
LL+L produces children’s television to bridge the achievement gap in Washington so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) kids enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Featuring local children and teachers at learning venues across King County, LL+L applies brain development knowledge to foster learning and enhance caregiver relationships.

Update from the Valentinetti Puppet Museum

VALENTINETTI PUPPET MUSEUM, 280 Fourth Street, Bremerton, WA 98337.

Like everyone, COVID and its closures has been catastrophic for us.  Most of 2020 the VPM and its host museum have been closed.  For a short period of time in the fall we were able to open observing all of the protocols.  In the late fall the Curator began installing a new holiday exhibit “All the World’s a Stage,” featuring puppet stages from around the world and different cultures—toy and performance in the collection.  Just as that process was nearing completion we had to close again.  

All the World's a Stage exhibit
All the World's a Stage exhibit

All the World’s a Stage photographs courtesy of Stanley Hess

All the World's a Stage exhibit

Please check our website for reopening information or call the museum at 360.479.6226. Questions about the museum’s current exhibits or its collections can be directed to the Curator, Stanley Hess.  Exhibits change 3 or 4 times a year.  “All the World’s a Stage” will be held over for several months when we are able to re-open.

Website Growing Pains

Apologies from your new webmaster for all the notifications of new, yet very outdated posts today. It was part of a site cleanup that included some learning experiences. While these old posts are still available on the site, they are hidden deep down and were only left on for reference purposes. As my colleagues always say when something goes wrong at work, “It was Nettle’s fault!”

cat puppet
Nettle, the cat puppet, who denies all wrongdoing

Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship

Please share a memory or greeting!
In April 2020, the Puppeteers of Puget Sound decided to name our festival scholarship for Jean Mattson and Joan King, long-time PoPS board members and supporters. With the pandemic, we never had a party to celebrate their contributions. Both in their nineties, Jean and Joan find email and social media access difficult.

We would like to compile greetings, memories and thanks from friends and puppeteers into a print document for each of them. Please email your message with the subject line “Jean and
Joan Scholarship”
to jean@thistletheatre.org

Joan King and Jean Mattson. The Seattle Puppetory Theatre.

You can donate to the Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship through PayPal.

Read the full proclamation and learn more about these amazing puppeteers here: Jean Mattson and Joan King Festival Scholarship (PDF)

Website Redesign

Recycled Rod Puppets from a workshop by Cheryl Hadley

Just a head’s up: the website is in the midst of a redesign for 2021 with a few pages being reorganized and a new look coming soon. Hint: Meetings can now be found under Events.

This is a great time for members to send in their puppet pictures for our Photo Gallery. Please include design and photography credits. Also, if you’re a PoPS member involved in any (online?) shows right now, we’d love to spread the word on our home page. Not a member yet? It’s easy to join online or by mail.

Submissions, suggestions and questions about the site can be sent to the webmaster at puppeteersofpugetsound@gmail.com

See Concrete Cabaret on December 13

Our President, Rachel Jackson, has a piece in Toronto’s next Concrete Cabaret!

Concrete Cabaret #7 – A Very Special Holiday Special
Sunday, December 13, 2020 @4pm PST

Seasons are changing. Nights are getting longer. Winter cozies will be upon us soon. Concrete Cabaret is planning a holiday special! We have special guests, special puns, and special videos working with the medium of performing objects and puppetry.

This is a live, ticketed event on Zoom, suggested donation $5-10 or whatever you can afford! NOTAFLOF.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/concrete-cabaret-7-a-very-special-holiday-special-tickets-129549563231 for tickets and information.

Concrete Cabaret 7 December 13th 2020
Concrete Cabaret 7: A Very Special Holiday Special with Musical Guests Kith and Kin.

Puppeteers of America Direct Relief Fund

Puppet artists active between January 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020 who have lost work due to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance. Apply by December 27, 2020 to the Direct Relief Fund for Puppet Artists at https://www.puppeteers.org/relief Donations to the fund are also welcome.