Category Archives: Meetings

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 first meeting of 2020!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Join PoPS as we plan out the new year.

***Front and Center at The First Meeting of 2020: The Future of PoPS***

What does our guild do?

What can it do?

What do we want it to do?

These are important questions and we can not answer them without YOU.

That’s right, we want you AND your opinions at the next PoPS meeting!

So put on your brainstorming cap and your wishing cape (and probably some other miscellaneous clothing, since it’s still winter and all), and join us January 21st, to help us chart the course for PoPS over the next two years.


Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email if you’re attending:

Thistle Theatre Studio*
at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St. Bld. 30, Seattle, WA, 98115

*It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio. Please do not “Google” Thistle Theatre. You will be sent to the wrong building.

Magnuson Park ­ Thistle Theatre Studio Location

Puppeteers Of Puget Sound Winter Meeting!

Please join us for the first meeting of 2019 on FEBRUARY 21ST at 7:00 PM Guild business will address officer updates, some minor points of order, and news on the National Puppetry Festival.
We are pleased to welcome John Tyndall who is a local Producer and Director with Weasel Productions. His most recent project was The Victorian Hotel by Angus Oblong. A show that combined humans and puppets on an equal footing in a full-length play. He’s looking forward to sharing his puppet creations with you and discussing the challenges presented scripturally in the design and function.

Free for members and $5 for guests who then can apply the fee towards membership if you choose. Refreshments will be provided.

Magnuson Park _ Thistle Theatre Studio Location

It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio. Please do not “Google” Thistle Theatre. You will be sent to the wrong building.

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Winter Meeting!

Join us for the first meeting of 2018! We will install newly elected officers, receive officer reports and updates, and then enjoy Adam Ende, founder and janitor of Jawbone Puppet Theater who will present three short pieces, originally developed for busking in the streets of NYC, small shows that fit in a suitcase and can travel by subway. He will be available to talk about his work and have puppets to show.
Free to members. $5 for the public which can be applied towards membership if you choose.

When: 7:00 PM February 21, 2018

Where: Thistle Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA 98115 –Building 30

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Final Meeting of 2018



Thistle Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle, WA 98115        Building 30
December 2

Show at 3:00PM with meeting to follow at 4:00PM

RSVP to Jean Enticknap   

-See a show! – Tales of Two Bad Mice

-vote for officers at meeting

          Slate of Officers

           President – Dustin Curtis

           Vice President – Rachel Jackson

           Secretary – Gina Wilhelm

           Treasurer – Cheryl Hadley

          Membership – Jean Enticknap

           Webmaster – Zane Exactly

– enjoy drinks and nibbles!


The Tale of Two Bad Mice presented by Thistle Theatre:

Young Beatrix Potter and her brother Bertram re-enacts the day her pet mice came to be called “the two bad mice.” The mice, Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca, are driven to outrageous behavior when they discover the delicious looking food in the Dollhouse is inedible plaster! Actors, puppets, and a giant dollhouse bring this Beatrix Potter story to life.

The puppets were designed and built by Tony DeFilipps and the show was funded in part by a family grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.  Amy Escobar plays the role of Beatrix Potter and Zane Exactly plays Bertram Potter in the show adapted and directed by Jean Enticknap.
All individual tickets are $10. Puppeteers of Puget Sound members renewing at the December meeting get complimentary tickets.

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Board Election

The nominating committee of Puppeteers of Puget Sounds presents our slate of officers for candidacy for the 2018 board of Puppeteers of Puget Sound.

President – Dustin Curtis 
Vice-President – Rachel Jackson 
Secretary – Gina Wilhelm
Treasurer – Cheryl Hadley 
Membership Director – Jean Enticknap 
Webmaster – Zane Exactly

At the December 2nd meeting, other nominations may be made from the floor by members provided the nominated person(s) is present. If more than one nomination is made per office, the vote will take place by ballot.

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Fall Meeting

Please Join us for our autumn meeting and workshop Wednesday, October 18 at 7 PM.

Our workshop for this meeting is to be presented by Puppeteers of Puget Sound President Dustin Curtis, who will report on his experience in the Czech Republic and Italy. He will bring shadow puppet examples from Teatro Gioco Vita and show examples of shadow puppetry construction.

During our meeting, we will share upcoming puppetry for 2017- 2018 and discuss highlights from the National Festival, including a report from Zane Exactly, PPS and Regional scholarship recipient.

This event is free for members of Puppeteers of Puget Sound and $5 for non-members who then can apply the fee towards membership. Refreshments will be provided.

It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio 6310 NE 74th StSeattle, WA 98115. A map with direction is attached to the bottom of this post. Please do not Google Thistle Theatre or you will be sent to the wrong building.

Please RSVP to this event through email or through the facebook event in Puppeteers of Puget Sound.

Magnuson Park ­ Thistle Theatre Studio Locationpuppeteersofpugetsoundmembershipform2016.doc