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Puppeteers of Puget Sound National Festival Scholarship – Apply Now!

Here is a message From Guild President Dustin Curtis:

My fellow guild members and puppeteers,

I am pleased to announce that the scholarship committee has authorized a stipend of $250 towards attending next month’s National Puppetry Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Please see the attached guidelines at bottom of post. Also note that the applications are due by 5pm Monday, June 19th.

Sending you best wishes!
Dustin

 

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CALL FOR PERFORMERS: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret!

CALL FOR PERFORMERS

 
Come to the Cabaret Old Friend!

The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret is looking for mask and puppet artists to show off short bits of brilliance in a puppet slam for adults during Puppet Power 2016.
WHEN: Fri & Sat, May 27 & 28
WHERE: Calgary’s #1 Legion, 116 – 7 Ave SE
WHAT: The Dolly Wiggler Cabaret features short form puppetry for adult audiences
WHO: hosted by Cirque du Soleil clown and comedienne Mooky Cornish, and skill artist extraordinaire Sara Ski, the cabaret features local, national and international artists.
WHY:  The Dolly Wiggler welcomes brand new works in progress, polished numbers and anything you’d like to share as a puppeteer or mask artist.
COME PLAY!
We are looking for about 3 minutes of material, to be performed both nights.
We welcome you to share works you never get to show, new creations you are starting to share with the world, and polished brilliance you love to perform.
Performers will receive an honorarium for their performance.
To apply, please shoot an email to Xstine Cook, Dolly Wiggler Curator, at producer@animatedobjects.ca
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NW Puppet Center presents: “Doc Chapeau Meets the Gill Man”

The Northwest Puppet Center is proud to present a fantastic show filled with mystery and adventure.

DOC CHAPEAU MEETS THE GILL MAN
By Oregon Shadow Theatre
March 26th – April 10th, 2016
Sat. 1pm & 3pm
Sun. 1pm & 3pm
Box office opens 30 minutes before each show or get your tickets anytime:

dmitri@nwpuppet.org

http://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

tel:  206 523 2579

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 11

When: April 15 & 16

8pm

Where: Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S

Seattle, WA

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door

More info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526870

Nothing is certain but death, taxes and puppets. Not sure that’s quite how the saying goes? Behold! Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam returns with a brand new show, just in time for tax day. Once you’ve crossed all your eyes and dotted all your teas, come spend your sweet rebate at our cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. (Puppets count as dependents, right?)

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. A place to be creative, quirky and experimental, every Fussy Cloud features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

“One of the key aspects to Fussy Cloud is welcoming acts that are being performed for the first time,” said producer Rachel Jackson. “Puppeteers work in solitude for so much of our process. But our work doesn’t truly become a performance until it is witnessed by an audience. Fussy Cloud provides this critical last element to puppeteers who might not otherwise have it, and does so in an environment that is designated as a safe space to experiment.”

~ Featured Artists ~

Charlie Cook

Dustin Curtis

Gale Force

Hearts and Brains

Elly Leaverton

Annett Mateo (Saturday only)

Parker Thompson

Vox Fabuli Puppets

The evening will be lovingly sherpa-ed into a nimble fingered flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam VOLUME 11 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: 

A proud member of the national Puppet Slam Network, 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)! 

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International Day of Puppetry and Northwest Puppet Center

Today is the International Day of Puppetry and Northwest Puppet Center continues to bring this art to folks near and far.  This day was designated by Union International de la Marionette (a member group of UNESCO) and is celebrated by colleagues around the world.  Northwest Puppet Center is proud to be actively involved with this international organization which is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding and peace through puppetry.
Just this past weekend was the culmination of a massive undertaking at Caine College of the Arts, the staging of a puppet opera!  With over 100 participants (students, faculty and guest artists) and hundreds of attendees, the project was a resounding success which uniquely brought together the Visual Arts, Theatre and Music departments.  We hope it leads to more puppetry programs at Caine College.  Sorry to all of our local fans but this production was only presented at Morgan Theatre on the campus in Logan, Utah.  However, it did help renew our interest in bringing opera back to the stage at Northwest Puppet Center.  This production at Caine College was dedicated to our beloved Music Director Margriet Tindemans.
Further across the globe, our colleagues at Israel’s Puppet Center have just posted a video which gives a glimpse into their museum where some of our puppets are currently on loan.  See if you can recognize any puppets you’ve seen in Seattle:
Getting back to local projects, Northwest Puppet Center is pleased to have puppets from West Africa on display at Washington State Convention Center and puppets tied to the early years of Cornish College for the Arts are on display through May 1st as part of Cascadia Art Museum’s current exhibit:
Northwest Puppet Center is also working with Pratt Fine Arts Center to offer this carving class.  If you’ve wanted to learn how to make a marionette, here is your chance to sign-up:
With all this happening, there has been a little break in the performances at the puppet center but the next show starts this weekend!  Please join us for Oregon Shadow Theatre’s production of “Doc Chapeau meets the Gill Man” playing March 26th through April 10th.  Tickets available at the box office or in advance:
Thank you for your interest in puppetry and the programs offered by our non-profit organization!
Sincerely,
Dmitri Carter
dmitri@nwpuppet.orghttp://www.nwpuppet.org

http://www.facebook.com/nwpuppet

Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Great Regional Puppet Festival in St. Louis, Missouri

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To all Puppeteers of America members and especially the members and the guilds of the combined regions:

The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis, Inc. is proud to announces a Puppeteers of America, Inc. sanctioned combined regional festival for the Great Plains and Great Lakes Regions in Saint Louis, MO Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6, 2016.  The theme is “Thinking Outside the Box.”

Anyone wishing to present a workshop or performance in keeping with the theme is requested to submit a description and technical rider to the Workshop or Performance Consultant.  Application forms can be obtained on the festival site ( PuppetFestivalSTL.org ), as well, just select the workshops or performances tabs.  Those will be passed on the festival board with the recommendations and suggestions of the consultants.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

The performances will take place in the Grand Center Arts District and on adjoining campus of Saint Louis University.  The “official” hotel is a nearby, reasonably priced Holiday Inn Express where workshops will also be taking place.  The registration will be $150 advance and $175 after July 4.  Hotel rooms will be $104/night plus tax for a double occupancy room.”.  The Holiday Inn features a free breakfast for guest, other meals will be extra.

There will be no “store”, but a “flea market” will be set up prior the final Saturday performance.  And we are working on a space for an exhibit.

The local staffing includes Daniel Romano, festival director; Michelle Gulick, assistant festival director; Stan Gulick, comptroller and registrar; Tom Bonham, communications and public relations.

Additional outside staffing includes Monica Leo and Dave Herzog as performance consultants, and Pam Corcoran as workshop consultant.

Felt-A-Thon Puppet Marathon Charity Event Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Rachel Jackson

Phone: 206-291-7922

Email:   feltathon@gmail.com

FELT-A-THON PUPPET MARATHON CHARITY EVENT RETURNS

What: The FELT-A-THON

When: Sunday, March 20, 9am – 9pm

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

Website: http://www.feltathon.com

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The first FELT-A-THON was a great success, raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity-King County on March 21st of last year.

The 2016 FELT-A-THON will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. The entire event will be viewable for free online via live stream. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.
Guest artists include: Kendra Hayes, Sann Hall and Zane Exactly. More guests TBA.

Website: http://www.feltathon.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/FeltAThon
Twitter: @Felt_a_Thon

About World Day of Puppetry: The World Day of Puppetry 2016 invites puppeteers and community members to celebrate the art of puppetry across the country and around the world. For more information about the initiative, please visit the websites of the Puppeteers of America (www.puppeteers.org) and UNIMA-USA 

(http://www.unima-usa.org/).

Catch the Rhythm of the Music City Puppet Festival

The Music City Puppet FestivalJune 16 to June 20, 2016

For 2016 the Southeast Region will be partnering with the Puppeteers of America and the Nashville Public Library’s International Puppet Festival.

Web Site is www.pofasoutheast.weebly.com/. Check back frequently and also like The Puppeteers of America Southeast Region Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PofASoutheast) where updates will also be posted.

This festival will be unique and different from other Regional Festivals. The festival will feature a plethora of performances.

Feel free to contact Susan if you have any questions. (By phone 828-862-8122 or by e-mail vanpuppet@mtnisp.com)

Kyle Loven presents “Retraces”

Here is the next exciting event coming to the puppet community in the new year!

Kyle Loven presents
RETRACES
Directed by Kyle Loven

WORLD PREMIERE
January 7-10, 2016 at 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater

Kyle Loven returns with the premiere of Retraces after previous sold-out runs of his acclaimed work, my dear Lewis and Loss Machine. Retracespremieres with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
About the Show:
Inspired by conspiracy theories and ham radio broadcasts, Retraces follows a skeptical man who works to decode the everyday conspiracies happening around him. Through a combination of projected miniature replicas, live sound, and scenic puppeteering, multiple performers construct his small town environments around him. As the conspiracy unfolds, three manifestations of the man cross paths and overlap in a race to connect the dots. This dark piece blends theater, dance, puppetry, music, and visual art to explore how we as humans and as audience members process information to arrive at our personal beliefs.
“Loven borders on genius.” The Times Square Chronicles

“[His] narrative tools are strong, finely honed, and intricately layered.” The SunBreak

2013 Innovation in Puppetry Award Puppeteers of America National Festival
Retraces Creative Team:
Director and Creator: Kyle Loven
Associate Director: Antoinette Bianco
Composer: Paurl Walsh
Choreographer: Ezra Dickinson
Lighting Designer: Amiya Brown
Video Designer: Leo Mayberry
Costume Designer: Pete Rush

Performers: Ezra Dickinson, Zane Exactly, John Leith, Paurl Walsh, Kaitlin Ziehr

WHEN: January 7-9 at 8:00 PM, January 9-10 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
TICKETS: $20, BrownPaperTickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2465321
For press comps please e-mail: kyleloven@gmail.com
Selected Bios:
Kyle Loven
is a Seattle-based performance and visual artist. His work combines puppetry, objects, sound, and other art forms with the human presence. His original work (my dear Lewis, Crandal’s Bag, Loss Machine, Moon Show 143) has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and other US cities. His work has premiered at venues such as On the Boards and the Guthrie Theater. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Artist Trust.  Awards include a 2011 Spotlight Award from Seattle Magazine and the Innovation in Puppetry Award at the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Festival. He is the creator and host of the lively game night, Me Love BINGO!.

Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Most recently Velocity’s Made In Seattle program produced Ezra’s work Mother for you I made this, which received wide spread critical acclaim. Ezra’s own work in movement and choreography installations have been on display at On the Boards, TEDx Rainier, Seattle International Film Festival, City Arts Genre Bender, as well as many others.

Paurl Walsh is a composer of electronic music, modern classical, music for dance and theatre, and experimental rock/pop. He has made work with Degenerate Art Ensemble, Implied Violence/Saint Genet, and Kyle Loven. He makes music under X-Ray Press, Rainbows, and Trying. Paurl co-owns ExEx Audio, a recording studio/music factory in downtown Fremont.

Amiya Brown is an Interdisciplinary Artist who works on solo and collaborative projects, specializing in the medium of light. Her work has been seen at On the Boards (Seattle, WA), ODC Dance (San Francisco, CA), The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN), and The Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center (NYC) among others. Collaborators include AmyO, zoe½juniper, Pat Graney, Kyle Loven, Alice Gosti, Catherine Cabeen, and Kate Wallich + the YC.
www.kyleloven.com

See “Punch & Judy” at Northwest Puppet Center

Guild Members,

Just announced by the NWPC.  A special event PUNCH & JUDY feature the talents of Professor Peter Allen!
Dec. 18 at 8:00PM at the Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

PUNCH & JUDY
Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Please note: May not be suitable for young children and other sensitive audience members due to slapstick violence.

Get your tickets here!
http://punch.brownpapertickets.com/

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season.  We will be having a guild meeting in late January to announce new board.

Cheers,
Jean Enticknap
Membership Director