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FELT-A-CON: A day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering

The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering, will be held Saturday, October 10, at Theatre Off Jackson.

FELT-A-CON is a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. We welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.

$55 before October 1st
$65 after October 1st
$70 walk-up registration (day of show)

Register here

Your Registration Fee includes:
– 3 workshops
– lunch
– a FELT-A-THON 2015 commemorative button
– and 1 admission to the October 10th performance of Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Organized by Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson and Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Presenters scheduled to appear:
Christopher Comte
Gavin Cummins
Puppeteers of America Pacific NW Regional Director Elly Leaverton
Rachel Jackson
Annett Mateo

10am – Noon: Workshop 1
Noon – 1pm: LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm: Workshop 2
3:30 – 5:30pm: Workshop 3
~ Dinner Break ~
8pm: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 10

Scheduled workshop topics (more details soon):
Punch & Judy basics
Shadow puppet construction
History of Shadow Puppets
Business Basics for Artists
Let’s Talk About Your Puppet
Puppeteer HiveMind

National Day of Puppetry to coincide with UNIMA’s World Puppetry Day

Call for Puppeteers and Companies!  Last year the Puppeteers of America Board of Trustees voted to move National Day of Puppetry to coincide with UNIMA’s World Puppetry Day. The event is March 21, 2015.

Dustin Curtis (a new member of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound) has organized an outreach pre-event. Dustin received a permit from Seattle Parks & Recreation (who kindly waived the usage fees) for a “meet & greet” of puppets onSaturday, March 14th from 1pm-6pm in Westlake Park. He has arranged to have two tables. One table will hold fliers or giveaways from puppet shows/companies. There are numerous puppetry events on the actual day, March 21, so this event is a week early to help drive traffic to support puppetry artists. The other table will hold paper bag puppets that Dustin’s puppet company will be donating for handouts.  He has paid the insurance fee for the event. He is looking for volunteers who would like to stop by for an hour or two (or the whole event) to  “show off your puppet, busk perform, answer questions or possibly take photos if requested.” He is also seeking promo materials to help talk about your company or upcoming show/season.

He is organizing a puppet making party for the March 14 event on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00PM.

Many thanks to Dustin for organizing this event.   If you are interested or would like more details about the March 14event, please email Dustin directly at

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

Here is a link to the flyer that will be given out on the March 14th event listing the puppetry events around Puget Sound on March 21. National and World Day of Puppetry

Vancouver Regional Puppet Festival

Victoria, BC, CANADA
September, 2014
Friday 19th to Sunday the 21

The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others to join us to celebrate 2.5 days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Comes to Bumbershoot®

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam
Comes to Bumbershoot®

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Bumbershoot Edition

When: Saturday, August 30 – 6:45pm
Monday, Sept 1 – 5:15pm

Where: Center House Theatre
(The TPS Stage at Bumbershoot®)


More info:

“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to present our special Bumbershoot edition! We’ve pulled together a selection of favorite acts and artists from our first 2 years of slams to represent us at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, both festival performances feature a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be performing twice during the festival:
– Saturday, August 30 from 6:45pm-8pm
– Monday, September 1 from 5:15pm-6:15pm

Scheduled to appear:
Gavin Cummins
Bill Holznagel and Jason Miranda
Rachel Jackson
Clay Martin
Katie McClenahan and Jen LaMastra
Jenelle Weidlich
& Improv Shadows (Reed Garber-Pearson, Rachel Jackson, Paul Velasquez & Jenelle Weidlich)

All herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Bumbershoot® is produced by One Reel in Collaboration with Seattle Center. Established in 1971, Bumbershoot takes place every year over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, Words & Ideas, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts. Festival details are located at

Save the dates: “P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014”

The Pacific Northwest Region presents
P of Eh? CANUCK FEST 2014

Victoria, BC Canada
September, Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 21st, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others that wish to join us to celebrate three days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Festival Director is renowned puppeteer Tim Gosley.

This three-day festival will consist of workshops, performances, displays, puppet projects and a Puppets for Peace Parade.

For more information and updates, please visit their Facebook page.

Canuckfest 2014 – the Pacific Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival

Canuckfest – the Pacific Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival will be held in Victoria, BC September 18 – 21, 2014. Join us for workshops, shows, and a Puppets for Peace event. Here’s the Facebook page for the event.

Ten Years of PuppetFest MidWest!

Our 10th Annual PuppetFest MidWest will be held in Trenton, Missouri on July 10 -15, 2012.  Have you seen our updated PuppetFest MidWest website?  We have all of this year’s workshops listed (several brand new ones, too!),  photos from years gone by, and even a cooking section! You can download our registration form as well.  Full registration, room and board fees and everything you need to know to have an inspiring puppet time right here in the wilds of Missouri this summer.

There are five Public performances at the Fest.  Three of them are already listed on our website, the others are coming soon!  Scholarship info has been updated and is available on the website.

To get an idea of what has been taught and performed at the first NINE PuppetFest MidWests, please click the link on the website to “past PuppetFest MidWest festivals”. You can read reviews from excited participants of our first NINE Festivals. This year’s PuppetFest is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council.  We certainly hope to see you at this year’s PuppetFest MidWest!  We have only 75 spaces available, so please register early.

Thank you,
Debbie Lutzky Allen and Peter Allen
Directors, PuppetFest MidWest
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