Aurora Valentinetti turns 90 this year!

Aurora Valentinetti, teacher, puppet creator and performer for 50 years in the NW and the USA, will be turning 90. A party is being planned in her honor for September and details will be available soon.  The party will coincide with the new season opening of Evergreen Children’s Theatre and the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum.  Meanwhile, those wishing to send congratulations and messages to A. Valentinetti and receive updates on planned festivities, please contact Stanley Hess.

Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-Imagined Uses Puppetry to Discuss Current Social Issues

Barnstorm: The Cabaret Re-Imagined strives to engender a return to the style of 19th-century cabarets, which created a space in which to open dialogue between artists and citizens about important issues. In this spirit, Barnstorm has invited artists to do so by utilizing their own unique disciplines. One such discipline is puppetry, the particular medium of artist Jonathan Nawn. In his piece, Nawn approaches current social issues aided by a plush pig puppet. Those interested in attending can buy their tickets here.

Barnstorm is an artist-run, volunteer-operated event in Seattle that seeks to create open dialogue about issues relevant to our times. The artists represented there will approach a range of subject matters from a variety of disciplines including visual art, kabuki theater, dance, and much more. All of this will take place in a new Belltown arts venue, built from the ground up, which offers wine, food, and comfortable couches. Find out more about Barnstorm at their website.


1927 Third Avenue in Belltown, Seattle, WA

Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

For more information, email or call 206.240.0567.


Puppetry Consultants and Advisors

Need help learning what supplies might work for something, or an idea about how to make a comfortable neck for hand puppet? The Puppeteers of Puget Sound has a number of advisors who will help members.

Puppetry Consultants

Bunraku Puppets – Jean Enticknap

Hand & Rod – Rachel Jackson

History – Dmitri Carter

Misc – Jean Enticknap

Shadow Puppetry – Zane Exactly

Members with puppetry expertise to share can contact the webmaster to be added to this list.

Hire a Puppeteer

Our group has a variety of puppeteers who can help you build puppets, or put on puppet shows at birthday parties, libraries or other events.

Birthday Parties, Library Shows, and More

Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater

NW Puppet Center

Thistle Theatre

Puppeteers who wish to be added to this list, please join the Puppeteers of Puget Sound!  Already a member?  Contact the webmaster to be included on this list. 

Marionette Opera: The Burning House

by Carter Family Marionettes with Music Director Margriet Tindemans and special musical guests
April 29 – May 8, 2011
At the request of Prince Esterhazy, Franz Josef Haydn created this opera especially for The Royal Marionette Theater at Esterhaza Palace. Splendid live baroque music lead by the internationally acclaimed Margriet Tindemans. Exquisite cast and sets by Carter Family Marionettes. The Carter Family presented their opera to sold-out crowds at the Sanssouci Palace Theatre of Frederick the Great. “The Burning House” makes a triumphant return from Europe with a limited engagement of only two-weekends in Seattle. Don’t miss your chance to see this masterpiece of music and marionettes!

Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

$32 adult
$28 senior
$28 youth
(please note: not intended for young children and not part of season subscription)
For advance tickets, click here or call:

Thursday, April 28 at 8pm
For preview tickets, click here or call:

Northwest Puppet Center
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115-3111
(206) 523-2579

Please call or email for more details or if you have any questions.