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Save the Date: PoPS Spring Meeting

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 7pm PST Online

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.

COST:

  • Free for current 2021 PoPS members
  • $8 for non-members

HOW TO RSVP:

  1. Join PoPS or Renew your Membership
  2. Non-members can use PayPal to donate the $8 meeting fee
  3. 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.

Ann Powell
Photo by Dahlia Katz

Live Streaming Workshop – Inspiration & Tech with Mind of a Snail

April 28 @ 7:30pm-9pm PST on Zoom

Presented in partnership with Puppeteers of Puget Sound

Fee: $25

Mind of a Snail

About this workshop: 

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.

Registration:

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.

World Puppetry Day Online Event

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.

Although the event is FREE for everyone, registration is required to access it.

Multiple people and puppets at World Puppet Day event
“Characters from Sim Sim Hamara participate at World Puppet Day” by U.S. Embassy Pakistan is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Representation in Puppetry Panel

Bringing Inclusivity into Child Education & Entertainment
A Panel Conversation with Donte Felder, Amy Escobar, and Bayje Felder

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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 5-6pm PST Online.

Reserve your FREE tickets to receive the Zoom link.

Call for Artists: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 20

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam


Show date:
 May 7, 2021 on Zoom

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!

A small honorarium will be paid to each act.

If you are interested in participating (or want full details), visit our Google form: https://forms.gle/PoQZQUL1d6vDwpw8A

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31ST

Visit the Re-Opened Valentinetti Puppet Museum

Valentinetti Puppet Museum
280 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 479-6226

Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

COVID protocols such as face masks and social distancing are in effect

Featuring: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
An exhibit celebrating the diverse styles and types of puppet stages found around the world.

Model of a Wayang Kulit shadow stage from Java, Indonesia with three examples of shadow puppets.
Model of a Wayang Kulit shadow stage from Java, Indonesia with three examples of shadow puppets. Photo courtesy of Valentinetti Puppet Museum.

Spyglass Theater Presents The Secret Life of Bugs

Performed LIVE and streamed from 18th & Union Arts Space

Saturday March 13 @ 11 AM & 7 PM
Sunday March 14 @ 11 AM
Tickets $10 and up

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.