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Puppeteers of Puget Sound Winter Meeting!

Hello PoPS members! It’s time for the winter meeting.

Wednesday, December 2nd
starts at 7pm PST

Please email for webinar info.

Workshop: “How I Make Money With Puppets On The Internet”
Puppeteer Grant Baciocco tells you how his puppet character went from a couple hundred followers to over 2 million followers in less than two years and how he monetized that following to create income.

More About Our Presenter: Grant Baciocco is a content creator and performer who is on the forefront of all things new media.  Back in 2004 he created the popular, family friendly podcast The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd which went on to release over 150 episodes and garnered awards and praise from iTunes, SPIN Magazine and TiVo to name a few.  He then went on to work for the Jim Henson Company as the creator, producer and host of the Podcast.   He is also the creator of several other award winning, family friendly podcasts including Did This Happen? and Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast.   In addition, he is a puppeteer improvisor member of the Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up! Uncensored troupe and has hosted the show on numerous occasions.  His comedy music act, Throwing Toasters, has toured clubs and colleges across the country, played a sold out show at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, had several #1 hits on the Dr. Demento show and opened for “Weird Al” Yankovic.  For 5 years he served as an associate producer on Joel Hodgson’s Cinematic Titanic.  He can also be seen weekly as a ringside interviewer on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.  He is also the creator/owner of Saturday Morning Media, a trans-media company focused on creating quality family friendly content.
Twitter: @ToasterBoy
Instagram: @throwingtoasters

Workshop for July 19th Meeting.

Hello PoPS members! Below is the information about our upcoming meeting!


Sunday, July 19th


LOCATION: online!

Meeting URL:

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting will be password protected.
You must RSVP to PoPS President Rachel Jackson via email if you’re planning to attend:


“Pop-Up Book Stages” from Monica Leo of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre. Monica’s workshop at the 2019 PofA Nationals was a huge hit with those of our members who were able to attend, so we asked her to come present to everyone. 

“Pop-Up Book Stages”

Monica Leo of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will show some of her pop-up book stages, discuss their use, and demonstrate the techniques she has found the most useful in creating them. She’ll share some tips on materials and show ways to make surprising pop-ups within the larger pages. Monica uses pop-up book stages in five of her shows.


Monica Leo is a first-generation American, born to German refugees in the waning days of World War Two.  After the war, her parents ordered a set of Kasperle hand puppets from a German craftswoman, and Monica was hooked.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, Monica studied for two years at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 1975, she has been creating and performing as founder and principal puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, West Liberty, Iowa.  Eulenspiegel has performed at numerous regional, national, and international festivals and has toured in 31 states and four other countries.

Monica writes the Scene Between column for the Puppetry Journal. She lives in a log cabin in the woods built by her late husband.


Attached to this post:

– The Agenda: If you have anything you’d like to add to this, please let me know via email. As you can see, it’s pretty light.

– The PoPS Constitution and Bylaws: Because everyone should have access to this, and right now you might specifically want the context for…

– The Amendment: As discussed at our April meeting, our Constitution’s definition of a voting member is not in line with ours. So we’re making a change to fix that.


Please be ready to give a report at the general meeting. Progress, next steps, etc.




PoPS Constitution and Bylaws edited 4-14-16

PoPS Constitutional Amendment



We’d like to vote to amend the PoPS Constitution at our next General Membership meeting, July 19th.

Summary of the Issue:

Our Constitution currently says that you have to be a member of PofA to be a Regular voting member of PoPS. That’s not how we behave, or how we want PoPS to run, so we need to change the document to reflect reality. Click here to access the current PoPS Constitution.

Relevant Parts in Our Current Constitution:

Article III – Membership 

Membership in this organization shall be open to any person or group of persons interested in promoting its purposes, subject to payment of dues.

Section 1: Regular memberships shall be open to any member in good standing in the Puppeteers of America, Inc. who pays dues to the Puppeteers of Puget Sound.

Section 5: Associate Memberships shall be open to any person over the age of 17 who is interested in promoting the purposes of this Guild. An Associate Member need not be a member of the Puppeteers of America, Inc. and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, except:
1. An Associate Member shall not be entitled to a vote nor to a voice on the floor of its meetings

Suggested Changes:

Article III – Membership 

Membership in Puppeteers of Puget Sound (PoPS) shall be open to any person or group of persons interested in promoting PoPS purposes, subject to payment of dues to PoPS.

Section 1: Regular memberships shall be open to any person who pays dues to the Puppeteers of Puget Sound.

Section 5: Members must not have been Suspended, Terminated or under Sanction by the Puppeteers of America, Inc.

Respectfully submitted,
Rachel Jackson and Dustin Curtis


The current version of PoPS constitution and bylaws.

PoPS Constitution on Google Drive

PoPS Constitution and Bylaws edited 4-14-16


Next Meeting Details

Hello Puppeteers of Puget Sound,
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, we’ve had to cancel our annual summer picnic.
We will instead be hosting a virtual workshop through Zoom, along with our meeting.
Next PoPS general Meeting
Sunday, July 19th at 1pm
The workshop is still being finalized. Details will be posted when they are available.

PoPS Membership is now ONLINE!


We now have the ability for returning and new members fill out their membership forms online! We are also now able to accept payment securely through PayPal.

Here’s the link: Puppeteers of Puget Sound Online Form

The link will first take you to PayPal for payment and will then forward you to a Google Forms document for your information.

The amounts are $25 for a Single Membership, $37 for an Organizational or Family Membership and $17 for a Junior Membership or to upgrade an already paid 2020 meeting fee into a membership.

We can also accept donations through this link if you’d like to give some extra support Puppeteers of Puget Sound!


If you’d like to print out the form and mail us a check, you still can!

Puppeteers of Puget Sound membership form 2020

Call for Performance Proposals for PNW Regional Festival

The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest, August 6-9, 2020 in Portland, OR, is the Official Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America.

The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm, and resources.

Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Performance Application deadline is March 2, 2020

Submit via this form:

Our aim in selecting performances is to provide festival attendees with high-quality performances in a wide variety of puppetry styles, especially showcasing the talents of the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. This application is for feature-length presentations (shows roughly 20-90 minutes long). Slots are limited, so we hope to fill them with variety and expertise.

Performance selection and management will be handled by Festival Artistic Director Mary Nagler and committee: Matthew Stowers, Bill Holtznagle, and Valerie Scott.

email Matthew Stowers with questions:

Performers will receive an honorarium of $300.00. Registration and lodging are not covered.

Submit your Performance today!

(Opportunities to teach a workshop may also available to visiting performers. The WS Deadline is Feb 15. Application: )

Thistle Theatre Presents The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling.


6344 NE 74th St. Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98115 Phone (206) 524-3388
website: email:

Media contact: Jean Enticknap FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents the “Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling”, based on a Japanese story. A Funny Woman jumps after a runaway rice dumpling that rolls into a crack in the earth. They drop into a world made of Origami (folded paper). Along the way, she meets 3 statues of Jizo (protector of travelers). Each statue warns her of danger. Unfortunately, an Oni (horned ogre) captures her and makes her cook rice for dumplings. The Funny Woman uses humor and her wits to adapt to changing situations. The show features many arts of Japan and transformations in scale. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers, dressed head-to-toe in black to suggest invisibility, manipulate the puppets from behind. Kyleigh Archer and Eugenia Zapata-Carter have joined veteran Zane Exactly as puppeteers on team Thistle Theatre in a show directed by Jean Enticknap. The show was built in 2016 with funding from a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and Sustained Support from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
March 7, 8 (2:00PM and 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
March 14, 15 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115
March 21, 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Individual Tickets: $11

Purchase tickets at


Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020
Sat, March 7, 2020 at 12pm
at Washington Hall

PoPS is proud to be sponsoring this new annual puppet festival which celebrates World Puppetry Day by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry. We invite you to join us at for more information.

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins will be the inaugural headlining artist. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF (Where They From) controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry.

The Puget Sound Puppetry Festival is an annual puppet festival celebrating World Puppetry Day (March 21) by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry.

Call for workshop proposals for 2020 Puppeters of America NW regional festival!

We invite you to submit your workshop to become part of The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest.
The Official 2020 Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America, The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm and resources.
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline is February 15, 2020
Left Coast Puppet Love Fest is led by co-Directors Dustin Curtis (Seattle) and Mary Nagler (Portland). Local Puppeteers of America Guilds – Puppetry Guild of Portland, Puppeteers of Puget Sound and Willamette Valley Puppeteers – will organize and run the festival.
Our aim in selecting workshops is to provide festival attendees with a wide variety of topics (Performing, Building, Business) formats (Lecture, Demonstrations, Hands-on) and puppeteering styles. Workshops with an academic or scholarly focus as well as workshops in related arts fields such as crafts and theatre are also welcome.
Successful workshops are those and in which participants come away with a new or improved applicable skill, insight and/or inspiration and where the exploration of the topic at hand is suited to being absorbed in the given time period.
Workshop selection and management will be handled by Festival co-Director Mary Nagler (Portland) and Workshop Chair Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets (Seattle). The workshop track is sponsored by Felt-a-con.
Workshop teachers will receive an honorarium. Registration and lodging are not covered.
Submit your workshop today!
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Applications open for FIBER FEST 2020: Puppet Slam!

*March 7, 2020*
Fiber Fest 2020 is looking for Puget Sound area puppeteers to participate in Fiber Fest’s Adult Puppet Slam on March 7, 2020. Hosted by Little’s Creatures, the Puppet Slam will feature short form puppet acts and a variety of styles of puppetry for a night of furry fun!
The museum is 2 blocks from the terminal and totally walkable, but there is a possibility of carpooling from Seattle, too, so let us know if you need a ride.
Adult Puppet Slam = PG-13 and geared toward an evening adult audience…not for kiddos
3-5 minute acts
All forms of puppetry accepted
Please send photos, videos, links, performer name/bio and the name of your act to:
Venue:  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Frank Buxton Auditorium
Address:  550 Winslow Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (2 blocks from the ferry and totally walkable)
Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Compensation:  Unpaid, but we cover ferry fare and munchies…and there is the possibility of some very serious post-show karaoke at the Mexican place down the street.
Email Jesse with questions: