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Great Regional Puppet Festival in St. Louis, Missouri

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To all Puppeteers of America members and especially the members and the guilds of the combined regions:

The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis, Inc. is proud to announces a Puppeteers of America, Inc. sanctioned combined regional festival for the Great Plains and Great Lakes Regions in Saint Louis, MO Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6, 2016.  The theme is “Thinking Outside the Box.”

Anyone wishing to present a workshop or performance in keeping with the theme is requested to submit a description and technical rider to the Workshop or Performance Consultant.  Application forms can be obtained on the festival site ( ), as well, just select the workshops or performances tabs.  Those will be passed on the festival board with the recommendations and suggestions of the consultants.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

The performances will take place in the Grand Center Arts District and on adjoining campus of Saint Louis University.  The “official” hotel is a nearby, reasonably priced Holiday Inn Express where workshops will also be taking place.  The registration will be $150 advance and $175 after July 4.  Hotel rooms will be $104/night plus tax for a double occupancy room.”.  The Holiday Inn features a free breakfast for guest, other meals will be extra.

There will be no “store”, but a “flea market” will be set up prior the final Saturday performance.  And we are working on a space for an exhibit.

The local staffing includes Daniel Romano, festival director; Michelle Gulick, assistant festival director; Stan Gulick, comptroller and registrar; Tom Bonham, communications and public relations.

Additional outside staffing includes Monica Leo and Dave Herzog as performance consultants, and Pam Corcoran as workshop consultant.

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.

2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America

This is the most updated information from the  Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and from UNIMA about Festival!
Logo for National Puppetry Festival


We are less than three months away from the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America, and over 400 registrants are planning to attend. Registration fees increase June 1st, so ACT NOW and register today.

Several workshops are reaching capacity enrollment. The Festival Committee is in process of scheduling additional sessions for workshops that are full or near full, in order to accommodate the growing interest.

A final schedule of all events will be announced by the end of May. Daily updates are currently available on the Festival’s website, with links to Facebook and Twitter.

Puppeteers of America has just announced air travel discount offers from United Airlines and Delta, now available to all festival registrants. To utilize this offer, register at, where you will be provided with that option. (This offer is only available for flights to and from Bradley International Airport during the Festival time frame.)


Lyrric Jackson
Director of Membership Services for UNIMA-USA
Direct: 404-881-5110
UNIMA-USA Headquarters
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Fax: 404-873-9907

If any of you are traveling to festivals this summer, we are going to have a post festival meeting in September for your to  share experiences! TBA!

Jean Enticknap
Membership Director

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

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.