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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
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.
Rachel Jackson and Dustin Curtis
The current version of PoPS constitution and bylaws.
We now have the ability for returning and new members fill out their membership forms online! We are also now able to accept payment securely through PayPal.
Here’s the link: Puppeteers of Puget Sound Online Form
The link will first take you to PayPal for payment and will then forward you to a Google Forms document for your information.
The amounts are $25 for a Single Membership, $37 for an Organizational or Family Membership and $17 for a Junior Membership or to upgrade an already paid 2020 meeting fee into a membership.
We can also accept donations through this link if you’d like to give some extra support Puppeteers of Puget Sound!
If you’d like to print out the form and mail us a check, you still can!
The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest, August 6-9, 2020 in Portland, OR, is the Official Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America.
The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm, and resources.
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Performance Application deadline is March 2, 2020
Submit via this form: https://forms.gle/geAaS5dWZQDtJcyw6
Our aim in selecting performances is to provide festival attendees with high-quality performances in a wide variety of puppetry styles, especially showcasing the talents of the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. This application is for feature-length presentations (shows roughly 20-90 minutes long). Slots are limited, so we hope to fill them with variety and expertise.
Performance selection and management will be handled by Festival Artistic Director Mary Nagler and committee: Matthew Stowers, Bill Holtznagle, and Valerie Scott.
email Matthew Stowers with questions: email@example.com
Performers will receive an honorarium of $300.00. Registration and lodging are not covered.
Submit your Performance today!
(Opportunities to teach a workshop may also available to visiting performers. The WS Deadline is Feb 15. Application: https://forms.gle/GEVB4nre5X7urgMA6 )
Call for Artists
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 14
What: Call for Artists
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 14
Deadline: February 20, 8pm
We’re very excited to announce our Call for Artists for Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Volume 14!
Show dates: Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21
Additional dates: Tech rehearsal Wednesday or Thursday, April 18 or 19
Location: Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA)
About the Show: Fussy Cloud aims to provide Seattle with quality adult puppetry performances and support the growth and exploration of both new and seasoned puppeteers. Each slam features an evening of live puppet shorts (and sometimes films). Vol. 14 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam before, we invite you to submit. Whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you! Fussy Cloud is a place to be creative, quirky and experimental.
What We Are Seeking:
– Adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long (“adult” as in “not necessarily for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required)
– We love to encounter new acts and new (or just new-to-us) performers.
– We are primarily a live show, but we are also happy to consider your short puppet films (just be aware that preference is given to live performance pieces)
Small stipends will be paid to each act, and additionally, some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners.
If you are interested in participating please send us the following:
•Your name and contact info
•a Brief Description of your piece: storyline, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers and general mood
•Approx. Length (8 min or less)
•Video link of piece (if available)
•Performance pictures (if available)
*Please Note: Technical resources are limited – slams are quick and dirty! If you have a technically complex piece, please let us know the specs when you apply so we may determine if it is simple enough to be successful in the slam format.
Please send your submissions (and any questions) via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam VOLUME 14 is presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funding made possible in part by the HBH fund.
About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
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)!
YEAR END EVENT
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.
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!
My fellow guild members,
The executive committee and I have worked diligently to update the Puppeteers of Puget Sound constitution to reflect more modern methods of communication and connection. We have also consolidated and defined officer job descriptions to match the work that is currently being done.
Please take the time to review the attached document as we will review the changes in the agenda for our May 19th meeting, and then propose a vote of approval from members present.
I am happy to offer a chance to actively participate in guild business. What a great foundation point to support our activities over the coming years.
Yours in googly eyes,
My fellow puppeteers,
I have such exciting news for this beautiful spring! This past week, I meet with the board and we immediately jumped into pressing guild business. I am pleased to report that we have completed an outline for guild activities for the year and also have reviewed and updated our constitution to reflect a more modern outlook on activities and responsibilities. I want to thank the board for the quick turn around and hard work that they put into the beginning of this week. I look forward to updating you in detail on all of these changes at our next meeting.
I am also pleased to ask you to save the date of Thursday, May 19th at 7pm (Invite email to follow) for our first meeting of the year. I am looking forward to outlining our new robust meeting schedule, providing details on our revived newsletter, connecting with each of you, and I am happy to share that
Cheryl Hadley will be providing her workshop: Build a Rod Puppet Robot from Recyclables
We will need active members for an active guild now that we are full strength on the board; so I will ask the following of you:
- Please notify us of any show you will be producing/performing /involved in! The guild is here to support and help you in your puppet endeavors. You may send all notifications t0 email@example.com
- Start saving those ideas for contributing to our revived newsletter!
- Save the date!!! Felt-a-Con will be returning to produce a wonderful festival on August 13/14th. I am personally looking forward to this event. More details soon as we move closer to the date.
- Do you know your membership status? If you did not receive this email directly, please inquire with Jean Enticknap (firstname.lastname@example.org) to renew or join.
Thank you for being part of this wonderful organization. I look forward to seeing you all in just over a month.
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!
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season. We will be having a guild meeting in late January to announce new board.