Category Archives: Festivals
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering, will be held Saturday, October 10, at Theatre Off Jackson.
FELT-A-CON is a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. We welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.
$55 before October 1st
$65 after October 1st
$70 walk-up registration (day of show)
Register here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2220383
Your Registration Fee includes:
– 3 workshops
– a FELT-A-THON 2015 commemorative button
– and 1 admission to the October 10th performance of Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.
Organized by Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson and Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.
Presenters scheduled to appear:
Puppeteers of America Pacific NW Regional Director Elly Leaverton
10am – Noon: Workshop 1
Noon – 1pm: LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm: Workshop 2
3:30 – 5:30pm: Workshop 3
~ Dinner Break ~
8pm: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 10
Scheduled workshop topics (more details soon):
Punch & Judy basics
Shadow puppet construction
History of Shadow Puppets
Business Basics for Artists
Let’s Talk About Your Puppet
WHAT IS IN STORES FOR YOU THIS AUGUST
REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 1st AND SAVE!
We are less than three months away from the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America, and over 400 registrants are planning to attend. Registration fees increase June 1st, so ACT NOW and register today.
Several workshops are reaching capacity enrollment. The Festival Committee is in process of scheduling additional sessions for workshops that are full or near full, in order to accommodate the growing interest.
A final schedule of all events will be announced by the end of May. Daily updates are currently available on the Festival’s website, with links to Facebook and Twitter.
AIR TRAVEL DISCOUNT OFFER
Puppeteers of America has just announced air travel discount offers from United Airlines and Delta, now available to all festival registrants. To utilize this offer, register at nationalpuppetryfestival2015.com, where you will be provided with that option. (This offer is only available for flights to and from Bradley International Airport during the Festival time frame.)
WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL www.worldpuppetcarnival.com
Director of Membership Services for UNIMA-USA
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
If any of you are traveling to festivals this summer, we are going to have a post festival meeting in September for your to share experiences! TBA!
The Puppeteers of Puget Sound, a guild of the Puppeteers of America, invite you to see and support the work of PUPPETRY ARTISTS on the combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015. Celebrate Art and Culture through Puppetry!
SEE A PUPPET THEATRE PRODUCTION
Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle
1:00PM and 3:00PM Tickets: $9-$11 www.nwpuppet.org
Bathtub Pirates – Grey Seal Puppets stages an inventive show where a bubble bath turns into a pirate adventure! A child’s imagination takes an unexpected turn when Captain Blackbeard and his motley band of pirates need a new ship. Found object puppets made from items found in a bathtub!
Thistle Theatre: Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Street, Seattle
1:00PM and 3:00PM Tickets: $10 www.thistletheatre.org
Momotaro (Peach Boy) – Momotaro magically emerges from a peach, bands together with a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to defeat the Oni (ogres) who have been stealing from his family village.
Tabletop Bunraku and origami puppets are used to tell the most celebrated children’s story in Japan.
Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom Puppets: Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
8:30PM – 9:30PM Tickets: $10 online $14 at the door www.facebook.com/FeltAThon
In Felt-a-thon Live see behind-the-scenes magic firsthand as the cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Design Month’s Pillow Fort Set. You may be invited to put on a puppet and become part of the action or relax and be a member of the studio audience.
SEE A PRODUCTION WITH PUPPETRY
Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle (Seattle Center)
2:00PM and 5:30PM Tickets: $25-$36 www.sct.org
Goodnight Moon – (Musical production of book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) Enjoy the surprise and delight of Bunny’s imaginative detours on the way to dreamland. In this production, everyone will revel with Bunny in the fun of jumping cows, dancing bears and a room that springs to life.
VISIT A PUPPET MUSEUM
Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Free with production of Bathtub Pirates
Aurora Valentinetti Museum: 257 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Suggested Donation Student – $1.00, Adult – $2.00, Family – $5.00
VISIT THE PIKE PLACE MARKET
Planet of the Puppets will be in the market with an amazing assortment of pop-up puppets. Look near the Joe Desimone Bridge and Stewart St, the area that juts out over Western Ave. http://planetofthepuppets.com
Call for Puppeteers and Companies! Last year the Puppeteers of America Board of Trustees voted to move National Day of Puppetry to coincide with UNIMA’s World Puppetry Day. The event is March 21, 2015.
Dustin Curtis (a new member of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound) has organized an outreach pre-event. Dustin received a permit from Seattle Parks & Recreation (who kindly waived the usage fees) for a “meet & greet” of puppets onSaturday, March 14th from 1pm-6pm in Westlake Park. He has arranged to have two tables. One table will hold fliers or giveaways from puppet shows/companies. There are numerous puppetry events on the actual day, March 21, so this event is a week early to help drive traffic to support puppetry artists. The other table will hold paper bag puppets that Dustin’s puppet company will be donating for handouts. He has paid the insurance fee for the event. He is looking for volunteers who would like to stop by for an hour or two (or the whole event) to “show off your puppet, busk perform, answer questions or possibly take photos if requested.” He is also seeking promo materials to help talk about your company or upcoming show/season.
He is organizing a puppet making party for the March 14 event on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00PM.
Many thanks to Dustin for organizing this event. If you are interested or would like more details about the March 14event, please email Dustin directly at email@example.com
Here is a link to the flyer that will be given out on the March 14th event listing the puppetry events around Puget Sound on March 21. National and World Day of Puppetry
Dear Regional Leadership,
We came up a bit short of applicants for the Young adult and Youth Scholarships for the 2016 festival. We want to get as many of our youth to the fest as possible so we have extended the deadline for applicants in these categories till February 20th. Please spread the word to any folks you know who could benefit form one of these scholarships and encourage them to apply. Thank for your help. Here is a link to the application.
Sea Beast Puppet Company
Victoria, BC, CANADA
Friday 19th to Sunday the 21
The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others to join us to celebrate 2.5 days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada. www.tourismvictoria.com
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam
Comes to Bumbershoot®
What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Bumbershoot Edition
When: Saturday, August 30 – 6:45pm
Monday, Sept 1 – 5:15pm
Where: Center House Theatre
(The TPS Stage at Bumbershoot®)
“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to present our special Bumbershoot edition! We’ve pulled together a selection of favorite acts and artists from our first 2 years of slams to represent us at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, both festival performances feature a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be performing twice during the festival:
– Saturday, August 30 from 6:45pm-8pm
– Monday, September 1 from 5:15pm-6:15pm
Scheduled to appear:
Bill Holznagel and Jason Miranda
Katie McClenahan and Jen LaMastra
& Improv Shadows (Reed Garber-Pearson, Rachel Jackson, Paul Velasquez & Jenelle Weidlich)
All herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!
About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the 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 and support the puppetry community 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)!
Bumbershoot® is produced by One Reel in Collaboration with Seattle Center. Established in 1971, Bumbershoot takes place every year over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, Words & Ideas, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts. Festival details are located at bumbershoot.org.