PoPS Fall General Meeting

When: September 15 @ 7pm PST
Where: Online

Laptop showing online meeting
Photo by Compare Fibre on Unsplash

HOW TO RSVP:

  1. If you are a non-member and have PayPal, donate the $8 meeting fee here: https://bit.ly/3cXcLoV
  2. If you are a non-member and wish to pay by check, email PoPSPres at gmail dot com for details

You will be emailed the meeting link at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Agenda:

  1. Guild business
  2. Formation of officer nominating committee
  3. Chat
  4. Workshop on “Voice Versatility” by puppeteer and voice actor Jayden Libran

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting will be password protected. Non-members must RSVP to attend.

About our presenter: Jayden Libran is a young puppeteer and voice actor from Southern California, who trained at a very young age with The Jim Henson Company and the Sesame Workshop. Since the age of 6, Jayden has built and performed a number of puppet characters, most notably from his YouTube channel “The Sneople.” With voice credits that include Fox’s “Duncanville” and the popular online series “Helluva Boss”, Jayden has navigated his way through the world of animated voiceover work, and is always happy to help others find their own voices.

Aurora Valentinetti 100th Birthday

In honor of puppeteer Aurora Valentinetti and her 100th birthday on July 14, 2021, the Valentinetti Puppet Museum, 280 Fourth Street, Bremerton, WA, 98337 is collecting birthday cards and letters, which will be forwarded to Aurora’s primary caregiver in Wenatchee. Send birthday wishes now or anytime during the year.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 20

When:  May 7 @ 7pm PST/10pm EST Online

Tickets:  PWYC https://click4tix.com/FussyCloud
Recommended for ages 18+

More Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/457057815406383

The sunshine has lured all the little puppets out of their winter burrows and they would like nothing more than to treat you to 90 minutes of quirky puppet fun in Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 20. Anchored by a handful of talented puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest, our next show also brings in creative friends from around the world. Fussy Cloud has been providing first-rate puppet variety cabarets for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011, but thanks to the magic of live streaming, you can enjoy Volume 20 wherever you are. 

Hosted by Sin de la Rosa!

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 20

Artists Scheduled to Appear:

  • Brzezinski & Schap*
  • Conspiracy of Geniuses
  • Dust in Your Eyes
  • Kettlehead Studios
  • Kiki Cosmosis*
  • Krystal Puppet Theatre*
  • Lormiga Títeres*
  • Puppet Therapy
  • The Hand and The Shadow*
  • Thistle Theatre
  • Trivia Puppet Company
  • Vox Fabuli Puppets
  • Works of Gina’s
  • Zelda Starfire*
  • The Zoo Pack

*indicates an artist new to Fussy Cloud

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote the puppetry community and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)! Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.

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.

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

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.