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:

Published by Marianne Le

I'm a college librarian and dabble in puppetry. Nettle (my profile picture and creation) enjoys reading and singing with preschoolers as well as annoying my colleagues.

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