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Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop tomorrow

Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop
Free to members, $5 at door for non-members.

Still room for puppeteers to enjoy a performance/workshop by Mary Shaver! See Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, then Mary will reveal her stage set up and take questions.  After a short break, she will lead the hands on Hand Puppet Workshop…with handout!  NOT TO BE MISSED!

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting,

Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm.

Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115.
On bus lines and free parking.

Puppeteer Mary Shaver will perform Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, the Japanese tale of the small overcoming the large and being the hero.   Following the performance, Mary will lead a hand puppet manipulation workshop, including a hand puppet manipulation hand out. By the end of this workshop we promise your puppetry skills will be improved!

Mary Shaver is an artist, master puppeteer, and educator who spent twenty-five years living in Asia and Europe while traveling extensively worldwide. She performs, lectures, and consults; starred for three years on the award-winning children’s television show “Pepe’s Magic Tales”; has created for movies and major television networks.   Honey Goodenough, of Puppet Slam fame and a 2015-2016 UNIMA board member, considers Mary Shaver an inspiration for her puppet career.

Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email

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.

Meeting: Sunday, December 4, 2011

Join us!  On December 4 starting at 4:15 pm, at the Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA) we will be gathering for our next guild meeting.

First off are general proceedings and updates from the Executive Board.

Then, artists Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg sit down with us to share reflections on their process in creating their play for actors and puppets, little world, including a look at the puppets designed and built by Carol:

“Four years ago Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg, longtime friends and collaborators in the world of theatre, found themselves living on the same floor in different wards of Seattle Children’s hospital.  One had a child who was now quadriplegic; the other, battling life-threatening cancer.  These two mothers found themselves lost in the deep and complicated process of grief.  Clay retreated to her studio, creating a little world of her own full of handmade puppets; Gottberg brought this little world to life, writing a play inspired by this physical world and reflective of their shared experiences.” (from the production program)

As a special bonus, come at 3pm and see Thistle Theatre’s production of Merry Chris Mouse at no charge:

“A brown mouse family, without a piece of cheese to its name, finds a new home in the wall of a child’s playroom. While exploring, Christine and Christopher discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue! This is an original heartwarming story of sharing at holiday time. Original songs by Sue Ennis including ‘Carving the Christmas Cheese’.  (

Additionally, two collections of puppetry books will be for sale at the meeting. You won’t want to miss it!

Hope to see you all there!

The Executive Board


Reminder: Workshop/Meeting Sunday June 26, 2011

Please join us for a special workshop by Clay Martin, followed by a meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 5pm at Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery.

The Vachon Gallery at Seattle University is located on the north end of campus in the Fine Arts Building, which backs up to Madison Street just east of Broadway.  Seattle University is located at 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, between Madison and Jefferson.

The workshop:

Clay Martin, who has been a puppeteer for more years than he cares to admit, will present a demonstration of the art of hand puppetry combined with a true history and authentic account of how he came to be enmeshed in this sordid lifestyle.  A highly entertaining cautionary tale for the whole Family!

Clay Martin puppets

As part of the presentation, Clay will share his RAG BALLET, a piece about how to make your own puppet from a bandanna and a rubber band and do your own show.  Everyone is encouraged to bring your own bandannas, in order to follow along.  Clay will have a bag of the right sized rubber bands.

The meeting:

Following the workshop, members will be voting on the newly revised bylaws.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring along their own hand puppets (from shows, collections, or made-especially-for-the-meeting) for sharing or a little impromptu puppeteering during the meeting.


Hope to see you there!