World Puppetry Day – UNIMA Video Project

It’s not too early to start planning for World Puppetry Day 2021 on March 21. UNIMA is soliciting video contributions of 30 seconds or less around the theme of a future World Puppet Day. Entries are due by February 21, 2021. For more details, go to



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World Puppetry Day

Day of Puppetry 2017 Dragon Puppet
World Puppetry Day 2017

PoPS Officers for 2021!

President – Rachel Jackson [email]
Vice-President – Cassie Bray [email]
Secretary – Gina Wilhelm  [email]
Treasurer – Cheryl Hadley [email]
Membership Director – Jean Enticknap [email]
Webmaster – Marianne Le [email]

We look forward to another wonderful year!

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 @1pm


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


Become a Member!


Become a member no matter where you live and enjoy a full year of PoPS.

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound (PoPS) is a non-profit organization, which promotes and raises the standards of the art of puppetry through the exchange of ideas, programs, and workshops. Chartered by The Puppeteers of America, Inc.


  • free workshop/events at 4-5 meetings a year ($8 fee each meeting for non-members)
  • e-newsletter updating members about local, regional and national activities 
  • website services including a link from PoPS website to your website
  • member discounts for special events
  • information about regional and national puppet festivals
  • access to PoPS scholarships (if financially qualified)
  • access to recordings of workshops from virtual meetings

$24 Single Membership
$36 Organizational Membership
$36 Family Membership
$16 Junior Membership (17 and under)

If you can, please consider making a small additional donation to support Puppeteers of Puget Sound.

There are two ways to join or renew membership with the Puppeteers of Puget Sound:


  1. We accept secure payments through the PayPal link in #4.
  2. To make a small, optional donation to support PoPS, simply add the donation amount to your membership fee and type that total into the handy “Other Amount” box.
  3. After completing payment, you will be momentarily redirected to our Membership Form. Please do NOT close or refresh your browser window. If you are not redirected, we will follow up with you.
  4. Click here to join Puppeteers of Puget Sound online


  1. Download the Puppeteers of Puget Sound Membership Form (PDF)
  2. Print and fill out the form.
  3. Write a check payable to the Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Again, consider adding a small, optional donation to your membership fee.
  4. Send the form and check to the address listed on the form.

Call for Performance Proposals for PNW Regional Festival

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:

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:

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: )