Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Perched Eagle Edition

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Perched Eagle puppet puppet by Folkmanis

Folkmanis new collection of hand puppets made their debut at Toy Fair in New York (photo credit: Folkmanis, Inc.)


A look at the upcoming Ishara Festival of Puppet Theatre.

Professional children’s theatre (including puppetry) is on the rise in India.

Jig Cochrane is training local students to take over the wildly successful Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade in Cambodia.

A profile of a traditional glove puppet maker in Indonesia (link goes to a news report in Indonesian).

Australia / New Zealand

Doing their part to improve relations between Australia and Indonesia are Snuff Puppets with their show Wedhus Gembel.

King Kong has had his final curtain call in Melbourne.


Crowds braved biting winds to watch the UK’s Animated Objects Theatre Company attempt to break the record for world’s largest puppet over the weekend at the Coastival Arts Festival.

The line-up for the 2014 Little Angel Firsts Festival has been announced.

Irene Melfi’s new book Títeres y Marionetas: Origen, simbolismo e historia (“Puppets and Marionettes: Origin, symbolism and history”) was launched in Granada last week.

Latin America & The Caribbean

One of Bolivia’s most prolific puppetry companies, Elwaky, is bringing Choloman and the Pirate to a Cuban puppet festival.

North America

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s American tour continues in Louisiana.

Remembering John Henson – son of Jim and Jane Henson and former performer of The Muppets’ Sweetums – who tragically passed away this week.

The cast of Warhorse paid a visit to UConn’s Puppetry Program in Connecticut.

A look behind the scenes of Robin Hood at the Puppet Showplace Theater.

Princeton University’s collection of Chinese shadow puppets is now available to view online.

Folkmanis debuted their new puppet collection at New York’s Toy Fair (link goes to a press release).

The darker side of love was explored for Valentine’s Day in Peter Gaffney’s Gesualdo, in Heaven.

Lightwire Theatre brings their Dino-Light to Tecumseh.

Puppeteer and local TV legend Duane Ellett was remembered at the Duane and Floppy Film Festival in Iowa.

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater has announced its upcoming shows for 2014.

Workshops & Training Opportunities

UNIMA Canada invites puppeteers in Toronto and Montreal to participate in a Master Class with Frank Soehnle. For more information or to reserve a spot send a message to

Vox Fabuli Puppets is offering an introductory workshop called Beginning Stage Puppeteering in Seattle, Washington in March.

Beyond the Sock is an intensive workshop that teaches how to design, build and perform television puppets with Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal and Pasha Romanowski. It takes place at the University Of North Texas May 27th through 31st.

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  • Scott Land says:

    Bob Baker celebrated his 90th Birthday in his theater… He left his wheelchair and performed his tap dancing Bill Robinson.

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