Thistle Theatre Presents The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling.


6344 NE 74th St. Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98115 Phone (206) 524-3388
website: email:

Media contact: Jean Enticknap FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, presents the “Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling”, based on a Japanese story. A Funny Woman jumps after a runaway rice dumpling that rolls into a crack in the earth. They drop into a world made of Origami (folded paper). Along the way, she meets 3 statues of Jizo (protector of travelers). Each statue warns her of danger. Unfortunately, an Oni (horned ogre) captures her and makes her cook rice for dumplings. The Funny Woman uses humor and her wits to adapt to changing situations. The show features many arts of Japan and transformations in scale. Thistle Theatre specializes in tabletop Bunraku, an ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers, dressed head-to-toe in black to suggest invisibility, manipulate the puppets from behind. Kyleigh Archer and Eugenia Zapata-Carter have joined veteran Zane Exactly as puppeteers on team Thistle Theatre in a show directed by Jean Enticknap. The show was built in 2016 with funding from a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and Sustained Support from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.

BYT-Crossroads Theatre
16051 NE 10th St, Seattle, WA 98008
March 7, 8 (2:00PM and 4:00PM)

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
March 14, 15 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115
March 21, 22 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Individual Tickets: $11

Purchase tickets at


Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival 2020
Sat, March 7, 2020 at 12pm
at Washington Hall

PoPS is proud to be sponsoring this new annual puppet festival which celebrates World Puppetry Day by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry. We invite you to join us at for more information.

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins will be the inaugural headlining artist. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF (Where They From) controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry.

The Puget Sound Puppetry Festival is an annual puppet festival celebrating World Puppetry Day (March 21) by showcasing the best of Greater Seattle/King County puppetry.

Call for workshop proposals for 2020 Puppeters of America NW regional festival!

We invite you to submit your workshop to become part of The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest.
The Official 2020 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
Application deadline is February 15, 2020
Left Coast Puppet Love Fest is led by co-Directors Dustin Curtis (Seattle) and Mary Nagler (Portland). Local Puppeteers of America Guilds – Puppetry Guild of Portland, Puppeteers of Puget Sound and Willamette Valley Puppeteers – will organize and run the festival.
Our aim in selecting workshops is to provide festival attendees with a wide variety of topics (Performing, Building, Business) formats (Lecture, Demonstrations, Hands-on) and puppeteering styles. Workshops with an academic or scholarly focus as well as workshops in related arts fields such as crafts and theatre are also welcome.
Successful workshops are those and in which participants come away with a new or improved applicable skill, insight and/or inspiration and where the exploration of the topic at hand is suited to being absorbed in the given time period.
Workshop selection and management will be handled by Festival co-Director Mary Nagler (Portland) and Workshop Chair Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets (Seattle). The workshop track is sponsored by Felt-a-con.
Workshop teachers will receive an honorarium. Registration and lodging are not covered.
Submit your workshop today!
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Applications open for FIBER FEST 2020: Puppet Slam!

*March 7, 2020*
Fiber Fest 2020 is looking for Puget Sound area puppeteers to participate in Fiber Fest’s Adult Puppet Slam on March 7, 2020. Hosted by Little’s Creatures, the Puppet Slam will feature short form puppet acts and a variety of styles of puppetry for a night of furry fun!
The museum is 2 blocks from the terminal and totally walkable, but there is a possibility of carpooling from Seattle, too, so let us know if you need a ride.
Adult Puppet Slam = PG-13 and geared toward an evening adult audience…not for kiddos
3-5 minute acts
All forms of puppetry accepted
Please send photos, videos, links, performer name/bio and the name of your act to:
Venue:  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Frank Buxton Auditorium
Address:  550 Winslow Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (2 blocks from the ferry and totally walkable)
Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Compensation:  Unpaid, but we cover ferry fare and munchies…and there is the possibility of some very serious post-show karaoke at the Mexican place down the street.
Email Jesse with questions:

Puppeteers of Puget Sound 2020 Officers

Officers for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound 2020

Officers for the Puppeteers of Puget Sound 2020:

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

We look forward to another wonderful year and to the coming decade!

PoPS first meeting of 2020!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Join PoPS as we plan out the new year.

***Front and Center at The First Meeting of 2020: The Future of PoPS***

What does our guild do?

What can it do?

What do we want it to do?

These are important questions and we can not answer them without YOU.

That’s right, we want you AND your opinions at the next PoPS meeting!

So put on your brainstorming cap and your wishing cape (and probably some other miscellaneous clothing, since it’s still winter and all), and join us January 21st, to help us chart the course for PoPS over the next two years.


Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email if you’re attending:

Thistle Theatre Studio*
at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St. Bld. 30, Seattle, WA, 98115

*It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio. Please do not “Google” Thistle Theatre. You will be sent to the wrong building.

Magnuson Park ­ Thistle Theatre Studio Location

Scholarships to the National Puppetry Festival available!

For anyone interested in attending the 2019 National Puppetry Festival we have to grants to offer!

The first is being offered by Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Due May 6th, the scholarship of $250 is designed to assist the recipient in covering registration or housing for the festival and will be paid directly to the festival registrar. We have arranged to keep the registration fee for the recipient at the “early bird” level. In addition, a guild member has offered Alaska Airlines miles to cover a one-way coach seat between Seattle or Portland and Minneapolis on July 14, 15 or 16, 2019. The balance of the registration and housing fees, travel, meals, parking, workshop materials fees, and any other costs are the responsibility of the recipient.

PofPS 2019 PofA Scholarship


The Second is being offered by the local Norwest Regional Board. Due May 6th, the scholarship of $400 is designed to cover most of the basic festival registration fee and will be paid directly to the festival registrar. We have arranged to keep the registration fee at the “early bird” level. The balance of the registration fee, housing, meals, travel, parking, workshop materials fees, and any other costs are the responsibility of the recipient.


PNW Region PofA Scholarship 2019