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.
For more details on Aurora’s inspiring life and career, see:
- Puppeteer Aurora Valentinetti turns 100! in Seattle Now & Then (2021)
- Aurora Valentinetti’s distinguished lifetime of bringing puppets to moppets in The Seattle Times (2019)
- Adoration for longtime UW puppeteer comes with no strings attached in University of Washington Magazine (2018)