Category Archives: Festivals

Puppetry Around Puget Sound in 2014-15 and Puppet Mural Revealed

Puppet MuralA call to puppeteers! Find out what is happening in puppetry around Puget Sound in 2014-2015, see and hear about artist Dan Cautrell’s 16’ puppet mural donated by Rob D’Arc, and see a performance of “Senor El Gato (Mr. Cat)” by Jenelle Weidlich. The event is sponsored by the Puppeteers of Puget Sound and will be held at the Thistle Theatre Studio Sept. 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

So far, representatives from the following groups will be present to share information:
-Aurora Valentinetti Museum Season and Exhibits
-Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Events
-Northwest Puppetry Center Season and The Cook/Marks Collection
-Thistle Theatre Season

Information about the following puppet organization will be available:
-Pacific Northwest Puppetry Meet-up Group
-Puppeteers of America
-Puppeteers of Puget Sound
-UNIMA-USA (Union International de la Marionnette)

This is an RSVP only event. There will be additional “show and tell” with drinks and snacks provided with funds from the Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Please send RSVP by September 8, to event organizer, Jean Enticknap –


Southeast Puppet Jamboree

Planning to attend the Southeast Puppet Jamboree this summer?

Room reservations must be made by May 31st.

Go to or call 706-878-2201 and enter/mention the group code puppet to get our special rate. There is also camping available for those outdoor types.

It would also be helpful if everyone can get their registration in so that we have an idea how many puppeteers are attending.

A list of performers and workshop leaders is available at But for the most current updates, like us at

We have something for everyone.

If you need any additional information, call or e-mail Susan at 828-862-8122 or

Save the dates: “P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014”

The Pacific Northwest Region presents
P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014

Victoria, BC Canada
September, Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 21st, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others that wish to join us to celebrate three days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Festival Director is renowned puppeteer Tim Gosley.

This three-day festival will consist of workshops, performances, displays, puppet projects and a Puppets for Peace Parade.

For more information and updates, please visit their Facebook page.

Canuckfest 2014 – the Pacific Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival

Canuckfest – the Pacific Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival will be held in Victoria, BC September 18 – 21, 2014. Join us for workshops, shows, and a Puppets for Peace event. Here’s the Facebook page for the event.

Canterbury Faire! Saturday, July 14, 2012

You can see Punch and Judy at the Canterbury Ren Faire in Silverton, OR.

Punch and Judy will be performed there on the first weekend only!

RSVP at the meetup group.

Regional Puppet-Slam Mini Festival

July 22, 2012 (9am to 11pm) is a day of puppet slam workshops and the PNW Regional meeting, with a puppet slam that night!

Takes place at:

Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA

Visit the Meetup group to RSVP!

Call for Photos

Hello Newsletter Editors, Web Managers, Guild Contacts, Regional Presidents, and more,

This is Nick Hubbard, writing to you in my capacity as part of the organizing team for the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Festival. Below is a call for photos from past national festivals that I hope you will be willing to communicate to your members and communities, whether through your newsletters, websites, or upcoming meetings. As you will see, we are looking for the photos to post to our Facebook page and possibly our festival website. All the information you need should be there, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me or Carole D’Agostino, who is the lead for this photo-posting project:

Thank you for helping us to promote our community and give American puppeteers a chance to celebrate good memories of festivals past. We appreciate it!

Nick Hubbard

Text of the call:

Hello Puppeteers of America guilds! This is Nick Hubbard, part of the organizing team for the next PofA National Festival in 2013. One of our goals in planning the Festival is to promote Community and encourage new people to join P of A. To that end, we are searching for photos from past National Festivals that feature folks having fun. We’re hoping that some of you might be willing to share 2 or 3 of your favorite photos with our Facebook page and possibly our festival website?

We’re looking for photos of people hanging out, having a good time, not necessarily fancy production shots. These photos are not for profit, they are simply part of a photo album that people can see and share with friends on Facebook and possibly the festival website.

To see an example check this album.

You can see how we present the images, thank the donor, and let folks tag themselves. It’s a nice variety!

We are giving credit for photos wherever possible. If you have concerns about privacy, let us know and we can discuss. Some donors have taken the step to contact people in the photos for permission, though that is not necessary. If you do not wish to be credited, that is also ok.

I hope you’ll consider sharing a few photos, which you can do by sending the photos and any photographer credits to our festival e-mail:

Thank you very much,
Nick Hubbard

Ten Years of PuppetFest MidWest!

Our 10th Annual PuppetFest MidWest will be held in Trenton, Missouri on July 10 -15, 2012.  Have you seen our updated PuppetFest MidWest website?  We have all of this year’s workshops listed (several brand new ones, too!),  photos from years gone by, and even a cooking section! You can download our registration form as well.  Full registration, room and board fees and everything you need to know to have an inspiring puppet time right here in the wilds of Missouri this summer.

There are five Public performances at the Fest.  Three of them are already listed on our website, the others are coming soon!  Scholarship info has been updated and is available on the website.

To get an idea of what has been taught and performed at the first NINE PuppetFest MidWests, please click the link on the website to “past PuppetFest MidWest festivals”. You can read reviews from excited participants of our first NINE Festivals. This year’s PuppetFest is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council.  We certainly hope to see you at this year’s PuppetFest MidWest!  We have only 75 spaces available, so please register early.

Thank you,
Debbie Lutzky Allen and Peter Allen
Directors, PuppetFest MidWest
Please visit us on Facebook as well

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Members attending National Festival

Clay Martin Puppet Theatre and Thistle Theatre are two of the 18 puppet groups invited to perform at the Puppeteers of America 75th National Puppet Festival the week of July 12- 17 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clay Martin Puppets

Clay Martin Puppet Theatre will be performing Penny Dreadful – An Evening of Gothic Horror, a collection of gothic horror stories performed in a variety of puppet styles including FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, and THE MUMMY’S CURSE presented with hand puppets, DR JEKYL AND MR HYDE in the form of a giant Toy Theater, and THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO presented as a shadow play. Thoth (whom many may remember as the Egyptian God of Magic) is the Master of Ceremonies. Variety numbers, including THE MAGIC MAN and THE DANCING SKELETON will be interspersed throughout the show to provide a bit of amusement amidst the otherwise unrelenting gloom.

Thistle Theatre will be performing Brother Coyote and Sister Fox a comic Mexican trickster tale. Lisa A. Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm are puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap. The play was adapted from traditional Mexican stories by Stephanie Diaz and Jean Enticknap, original music and songs by Sue Ennis.  Created in the Thistle Theatre studio in 2002, the puppet were designed by the current President of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, Brian Kooser and built by Brian Kooser, Jean Enticknap and Hyeon-Soog Chung.

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox

Also attending the festival from the region are: Elly Leaverton who is currently the Pacific Northwest Regional Director; Nick Hubbard who will be elected a Trustee for the Puppeteers of American at the festival; and Gavin Cummins who is attending a national festival for the first time.

2011 National Puppetry Festival

July  12-17, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia

The National Puppetry Festival is held every two years and brings together puppeteers and friends from around the world to study, share, inspire, enlighten, entertain, and be entertained. Please visit the 2011 Festival website for more information.