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Puppeteers of Puget Sound Sept 17, 2015 meeting

Puppeteers of Puget Sound
Sept. 17th Meeting

Here is the line up for the Fall Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting! Hear festival reports, learn about upcoming events, see brief puppets performances and nibble on refreshments. If you have not sent an RSVP via email or text…please send to Jean ( ASAP, as we need to know seating numbers. Reminder!  We are looking for volunteers to run for office serving the Puppeteers of Puget Sound and Puppeteers of America. Throw your hat into the ring!

Below are the people who have confirmed presenting brief reports on the
Puppeteers of America National Festival and O’Neill National Puppet Conference.

Milo Clark – Building “Squioctopus”, a giant puppets used in the festival parade.
Jenelle Weidlich–  Video’s from the Video Anarchy strand at the O’Neill Conference.
Dustin Curtis Contemporary Shadow Puppetry– a quick survey of different techniques and lights. – Report from National P of A Meeting.
Rachel Jackson – Basic Graphic Design – “Say Goodbye to Comic Sans”. _Info on Handmade Puppet Dreams.
Cheryl HadleyTabletop Rod Puppet made with Magali Chouinard from Quebec.  – Simple-to-make Peepers.
Elly Leaverton –  Report on Regional Meeting. _Puppetry books and puppets purchased at festival.
Annett Mateo – Trends in 3-D Printing.
Presenters, we have DVD and thumb drive capability for the meeting room. If you want to use media to support your report, that is the technology available.

Future Event  (
In order of opening… or close to it!)
FELT-A- CON/ Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Rachel Jackson
Thistle Theatre 2015-2016 Season – Jean Enticknap
“Mad Scientist Cabaret” at the Annex Theatre – Zane Exactly
Northwest Puppet Center 2015-2016 Season – Dmitri Carter
“Retraces” at 12th Ave Arts – Kyle Loven
Improv Puppetry Festival – Elizabeth Westerman
2016 Regional Puppet Festival – Annett Mateo

Information about other shows and events will be available.  If you are attending meeting and have a show coming up…let Jean ( know and she will put you on the agenda, if not email info to share at meeting.

SAVE THE DATE! Next meeting will center around the art of hand puppetry,  featuring a performance by Mary Shaver.
Mary Shaver is an artist, master puppeteer, and educator who spent twenty-five years living in Asia and Europe Mary Shaver performs, lectures, and consults and starred for three years on the award-winning children’s television show “Pepe’s Magic Tales”.  Instructional handout will be provided at the workshop/performance meeting.

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

Southeast Puppet Jamboree

Planning to attend the Southeast Puppet Jamboree this summer?

Room reservations must be made by May 31st.

Go to or call 706-878-2201 and enter/mention the group code puppet to get our special rate. There is also camping available for those outdoor types.

It would also be helpful if everyone can get their registration in so that we have an idea how many puppeteers are attending.

A list of performers and workshop leaders is available at But for the most current updates, like us at

We have something for everyone.

If you need any additional information, call or e-mail Susan at 828-862-8122 or

Regional Puppet-Slam Mini Festival

July 22, 2012 (9am to 11pm) is a day of puppet slam workshops and the PNW Regional meeting, with a puppet slam that night!

Takes place at:

Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA

Visit the Meetup group to RSVP!

Call for Photos

Hello Newsletter Editors, Web Managers, Guild Contacts, Regional Presidents, and more,

This is Nick Hubbard, writing to you in my capacity as part of the organizing team for the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Festival. Below is a call for photos from past national festivals that I hope you will be willing to communicate to your members and communities, whether through your newsletters, websites, or upcoming meetings. As you will see, we are looking for the photos to post to our Facebook page and possibly our festival website. All the information you need should be there, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me or Carole D’Agostino, who is the lead for this photo-posting project:

Thank you for helping us to promote our community and give American puppeteers a chance to celebrate good memories of festivals past. We appreciate it!

Nick Hubbard

Text of the call:

Hello Puppeteers of America guilds! This is Nick Hubbard, part of the organizing team for the next PofA National Festival in 2013. One of our goals in planning the Festival is to promote Community and encourage new people to join P of A. To that end, we are searching for photos from past National Festivals that feature folks having fun. We’re hoping that some of you might be willing to share 2 or 3 of your favorite photos with our Facebook page and possibly our festival website?

We’re looking for photos of people hanging out, having a good time, not necessarily fancy production shots. These photos are not for profit, they are simply part of a photo album that people can see and share with friends on Facebook and possibly the festival website.

To see an example check this album.

You can see how we present the images, thank the donor, and let folks tag themselves. It’s a nice variety!

We are giving credit for photos wherever possible. If you have concerns about privacy, let us know and we can discuss. Some donors have taken the step to contact people in the photos for permission, though that is not necessary. If you do not wish to be credited, that is also ok.

I hope you’ll consider sharing a few photos, which you can do by sending the photos and any photographer credits to our festival e-mail:

Thank you very much,
Nick Hubbard

2011 National Puppetry Festival

July  12-17, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia

The National Puppetry Festival is held every two years and brings together puppeteers and friends from around the world to study, share, inspire, enlighten, entertain, and be entertained. Please visit the 2011 Festival website for more information.