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Latest News from Puppeteers of Puget Sound

Hello Guild Members,

Here is news about what is happening in the region.

PUPPET STAGE FOR SALE by Jean Mattson and Joan King

Jean Mattson and Joan King of the Seattle Puppetory Theatre are selling one of their stages on Craig’s List. It was made by John and Jeanine Bartelt and is in great condition. Stage, curtain and lights included.  You can see photos on the Craig’s List Post.


A posting from Mylinda Sneed on Facebook

Artists: Iggi Green, Marva Holmes, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Elly Leaverton, Brian Kooser, Mylinda Sneed, Sarah Marie Andrews, and Jesse Elliot are creating Cake Walk! an ensemble for the parade.  Would you like to be a giant puppet: Toy, Pastry, or Chef? Or possibly jump-in with some other giant toy puppet you may already have?
Join us! –
We’ll be building at the:
Power House 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
Friday 11am until – the Illuminated Float Move at 10pm, where the floats & participants magically light up and we reposition the floats at the parade start.If this isn’t your piece of cake – there are many volunteer opportunities:
Come to see our shenanigans in the Solstice Parade Saturday June 20th – parade starts at 3pm at 36th & Leary and winds its way East towards GasWorks Park, join us at the party there afterwards too. We look forward to seeing you!


Brian Stabile is creating Boxland! a series bout two kids who explore a world made of cardboard, made entirely with puppets!


Have a great June!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Combined National Day of Puppetry and World Day of Puppetry on March 21, 2015

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!


Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave NE, Seattle

1:00PM and 3:00PM                                 Tickets: $9-$11                           

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                            

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   

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.


Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle  (Seattle Center)

2:00PM and 5:30PM                               Tickets: $25-$36                                     

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. 


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


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.


Young Adult and Youth Scholarships Available for P of A Festival

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.

Kat Pleviak
Artistic Director
Sea Beast Puppet Company

Join us, or Renew your Puppeteers of Puget Sound Membership

Current PPS Guild Members and future Puppeteers of Puget Sound Members a great year of puppetry events are on tap.  Join or update your membership today.  Those attending on Feb. 6 can save postage by giving filled out membership form with cash or check to Jean Enticknap at the event.

Here is what your membership gives you in only the first quarter of the year:

Feb. 6 – Northwest Puppet Center and Dmitri Carter are hosting Paul Mesner’s Pulcinella at the NWPC.  – Half price for members.  Details on our Facebook page.

Feb. 14 – Skid Row Puppet Show Event at Ballard Alki Lodge. Discount for members (see our Facebook page)

February 26 – Rob D’Arc and Jean Enticknap are hosting the first in a series of Thursday evening of videos at the Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park.  Want to find a puppet mentor? Videos of puppeteers who are masters of manipulation will inspire everyone from novice to professional.  $5 at door for non-members, free to PofPS guild members. Snacks included, BYOB.  More detail of the event will be posted soon.

March 21 – Puppeteers of America’s National Day of Puppetry.  An entire day of shows and events.  Some events will have a PofPS discount. More details of the event will be posted soon.

Please forward to your friends and other fans of puppetry.

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

PS.  If you have sent a membership since Oct. 2014, you are up to date.  All other memberships have lapsed.

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 –

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Spring Submissions

It’s Spring! Time yet again for another volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam! We’re very excited to announce that our 8th slam will be presented at Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4.

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 films.

We are seeking adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long. (“adult” as in “not for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required.)

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 21st.

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.

– Small stipends will be paid to each act
– Additionally some travel stipends are available for out-of-towners

If you would be interested in participating please provide us with some information about your piece:

• Quick Description of your piece (story line, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers, general mood, etc):
• Approx. Length:
• Any video link?
• Any Pictures? (attach to email)

Please send all information and inquiries to:

Info: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume VIII
When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm
Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109

Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

Shadow WomanShadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton
by Grant Hayter-Menzies

The remarkable career of the American woman who became the world’s first female master of Chinese shadow theatre.

The author will be launching the book on November 9, 2013 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America’s earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illuminated screen. Finding that this thousand-year-old forerunner of motion pictures was declining in China, Benton believed she could save the tradition by taking it to America.

Mastering the male-dominated art form in China, Benton enchanted audiences eager for the exotic in Depression-era America. Her touring company, Red Gate Shadow Theatre, was lauded by theatre and art critics and even performed at Franklin Roosevelt’s White House. Grant Hayter-Menzies traces Benton’s performance history and her efforts to preserve shadow theatre as a global cultural treasure by drawing on her unpublished writings, the recollections of her colleagues, the testimonies of shadow masters who survived China’s Cultural Revolution, as well as young innovators who have carried on Benton’s pioneering work.

– See more at the Publisher’s website.

Strawberry Theatre Workshop is seeking short puppet performances

October 3-­‐6, 2013 Seattle
Request for Proposals

Strawberry Theatre Workshop is seeking short puppet performances for the inaugural The Douglas Paasch Puppet Playhouse, performing at the Lee Center at Seattle University, October 3-­‐6. This is a professional opportunity to exhibit the finest contemporary work in puppetry arts, and a tribute to one of the nation’s most accomplished puppeteers, Doug Paasch.

The Playhouse program will feature 4-­‐5 short puppet plays in the first act, and a longer narrative piece in act two. Strawshop is currently seeking puppet plays for the first act only—pieces that are 5-­‐20 minutes, and demonstrate the versatility and ingenuity of puppet performance. Selection will be based on quality of work, and the suitability of each project to build a cohesive first act. The Playhouse is not a new works festival, but new work will be considered.

Each puppet show will receive a stipend of $300-­‐$800, depending on the breadth of the piece, numbers of artists, or transportation costs. There is no housing available.
To make a proposal, please send:

1. Title
2. Principal artists involved (or company of artists)
3. Narrative description of the work
4. Photographs or video of the artists’ best career work
5. Letters of reference (endorsement of the work or the artists from critics, funders, audience members, theatre colleagues)

Please send the above to:
Greg Carter Artistic Director
All proposals must be received prior to August 24, 2013. Early proposals are encouraged. Final program will be selected by August 31, 2013.

Our new URL

Our site is now accessible via the URL This is new, so you may wish to adjust your bookmark accordingly! Thank you!

The passing of Jim Hawkins

Jim was the person who sparked a love of the puppetry for many people in this region. We regret to inform you of his passing.

Photo of Jim Hawkins

Central Washington University Announcement:

Friends and former students will be saddened to learn of the passing of former CWU Theatre Arts professor A. James Hawkins. Jim fought a valiant fight with cancer over the past few years but will be best remembered for his love of all children’s theatre especially his work with puppets.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Yakima’s Holy Family Catholic Church (Tietin and 56th Ave) Tuesday July 30 at 11AM with internment at Ellensburg’s Holy Cross Cemetery at approximately 1:30PM. A small reception is planned following the internment at St. Andrew’s parish church, Ellensburg.

CWU will accept donations in his memory, and supporting his scholarship endowment, at

Hawkins retired from Central Washington University in 2001, having served as an award-winning professor, director, designer, master puppeteer and an advocate for children’s theatre for more than 31 years. Through his immeasurable talents, whimsical creativity, unparalleled wisdom, patience, compassion and kindness, Jim has touched literally thousands of lives over the years. He has awed the teachers, artists and puppeteers of tomorrow in the classroom, and brought the magic of live theatre countless children throughout the region.

“It would be greatly appreciated if you have the opportunity to invite your members to sign his online guestbook.  The family will receive a bound book of all the online guests. Guest Book for Arlin James Hawkins.

There is also a memorial site.