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Meeting…please attend!

Hello all!

Planning a PofPS meeting for an evening September 8-18 at the Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park.

-Report from UConn National Festival from Participants
-Report from O’Neil Participants
-Plans for Puppet Activities Around Puget Sound in 2015-2016
– If you have a puppetry activity or announcement, please reply and ask to be put on the agenda

ACTION NEEDED FROM YOU: Participant please send Jean dates you CANNOT attend in the week of Sept. 8-18 and suggest the topic of your report.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP- Are you interesting in a board position on the Puppeteers of Puget Sound? Do you have future aspirations to serve regionally or nationally as a board member. All roads to that journey start with serving your local guild. Please reply if your are interested in having your name placed in nomination.

Looking forward to seeing you all!


Meeting Update

We will not be having a June 28 meeting after all. Stay tuned for future meeting announcements! If you wish, please sign up on the website to receive an email informing you of future postings.

Save the date for the next Guild meeting!

The next meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound will be Thursday, June 28 at 7pm, most likely at the Powerhouse in Seattle. Stay tuned for more details!

Puppet supply swap/sale and tabletop Bunraku workshop !

There’s a Puppeteers of Puget Sound meeting Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Thistle Theatre studio, 6310 NE 74th St, Bldg 30 northeast entrance.

Puppeteers are invited to bring supplies to swap and can “shop” for supplies.

Thistle Theatre is downsizing its studio for a move while building 30 is remodeled.  For sale will be fabrics, trims, accessories, sculpt or mold, props and more. The proceeds from the Thistle Theatre sales go into the Children’s Ticket Subsidy Fund.

Jean Enticknap will lead a workshop and Q and A about tabletop Bunraku-style puppets.

See you at the meeting,

President Gyan Davies

P.S. Please take home anything you bring that doesn’t get taken!

Join Us for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Post-Holiday Potluck

Join Us for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Post-Holiday Potluck

When: Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Stay tuned for announcement of a new date.


Jean Mattson’s House

13002 10TH Ave. NW

Seattle, WA 98177

Our local guild, the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, is holding the annual post-holiday potluck. Please join us at Jean Mattson’s house for good food, talk of puppets, and an opportunity to enjoy the beginning of another year with our community. Per tradition, we will also be voting on new officers for the guild (if you are interested in serving, contact us at

The spread will be more satisfying if we all contact Jean as soon as possible to let her know what we’ll be bringing. E-mail is best, and be sure to cc Nick Hubbard, who is helping to organize the event.


Can’t wait to see you there!

Puppetry Book Sale – December 4, 2011

Unique opportunity!  Two (2!) puppetry book collections are to be up for sale. This is an incredible opportunity to start or expand your own collection – a necessity for all puppeteers!  Puppeteers Jean Mattson and Bev London are offering their extensive collections for sale. Some books are out of print, so come take advantage.  Have knowledge and resources at your fingertips, plus inspiration galore! Puppetry books cover: history, making, using, scripting, patterns, and using with children, to name just a few categories!

Books will be sold at the Dec. 4, 2011, Puppeteers of Puget Sound meeting

Proportionate proceeds will be donated to the Arlyn Awards which is open to puppeteers worldwide for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre.  Trophy & $1000 awarded every two years!

For further details on the Arlyn Award: 

For further details on the Dec. 4 meeting:

Meeting: Sunday, December 4, 2011

Join us!  On December 4 starting at 4:15 pm, at the Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA) we will be gathering for our next guild meeting.

First off are general proceedings and updates from the Executive Board.

Then, artists Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg sit down with us to share reflections on their process in creating their play for actors and puppets, little world, including a look at the puppets designed and built by Carol:

“Four years ago Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg, longtime friends and collaborators in the world of theatre, found themselves living on the same floor in different wards of Seattle Children’s hospital.  One had a child who was now quadriplegic; the other, battling life-threatening cancer.  These two mothers found themselves lost in the deep and complicated process of grief.  Clay retreated to her studio, creating a little world of her own full of handmade puppets; Gottberg brought this little world to life, writing a play inspired by this physical world and reflective of their shared experiences.” (from the production program)

As a special bonus, come at 3pm and see Thistle Theatre’s production of Merry Chris Mouse at no charge:

“A brown mouse family, without a piece of cheese to its name, finds a new home in the wall of a child’s playroom. While exploring, Christine and Christopher discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue! This is an original heartwarming story of sharing at holiday time. Original songs by Sue Ennis including ‘Carving the Christmas Cheese’.  (

Additionally, two collections of puppetry books will be for sale at the meeting. You won’t want to miss it!

Hope to see you all there!

The Executive Board


Reminder: Workshop/Meeting Sunday June 26, 2011

Please join us for a special workshop by Clay Martin, followed by a meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 5pm at Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery.

The Vachon Gallery at Seattle University is located on the north end of campus in the Fine Arts Building, which backs up to Madison Street just east of Broadway.  Seattle University is located at 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, between Madison and Jefferson.

The workshop:

Clay Martin, who has been a puppeteer for more years than he cares to admit, will present a demonstration of the art of hand puppetry combined with a true history and authentic account of how he came to be enmeshed in this sordid lifestyle.  A highly entertaining cautionary tale for the whole Family!

Clay Martin puppets

As part of the presentation, Clay will share his RAG BALLET, a piece about how to make your own puppet from a bandanna and a rubber band and do your own show.  Everyone is encouraged to bring your own bandannas, in order to follow along.  Clay will have a bag of the right sized rubber bands.

The meeting:

Following the workshop, members will be voting on the newly revised bylaws.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring along their own hand puppets (from shows, collections, or made-especially-for-the-meeting) for sharing or a little impromptu puppeteering during the meeting.


Hope to see you there!