Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Peter and the Wolf Edition

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French-born artist Cecile Bellat is making a splash in India by fusing traditional Indian dance and shadow puppetry traditions with pop music.

Indonesian puppeteer Budi Ros performed at the Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Jakarta last weekend.


Funding for a new Royal DeLuxe Street Spectacular in Ireland is being debated by arts officials in Limmerick.

Learn the history of Liverpool, as told with giant puppets.

Sad news…German puppeteer Willibald Meyer passed away on January 26th. He was 85 years old (link goes to a German tribute video).

A brief look back at the life and career of master puppeteer Richard Teschner.

A look at the International Puppet Theatre Festival of Segovia with Spanish puppeteer Angel Calvente of Compañía de Teatro El Espejo Negro (link goes to a Spanish video).

Latin America & The Caribbean

A review of Los títeres en Bolivia, one of the first publications about Bolivian puppetry.

North America

The Jim Henson Company will produce a new preschool series in Toronto called Hi Opie!

Groundhog Day festivities in Canada are relying more on puppets and mascots and less on actual groundhogs.

German-born Icelandic puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik is touring across Canada with his production of Peter and the Wolf.

Did you hear about the puppeteer who quit her engineering job in a Superbowl commercial?

Denmark’s acclaimed Sofie Krog brings her signature show The House to New York City.

A report from last week’s UConn Spring Puppet Slam.

Puppets slams are on the way to America’s West Coast! Strange Love at the Forbidden Puppet Cabaret (February 15th) and the monthly PuppetLand: Confidential Puppetry Salon (February 21st) are returning to the San Francisco Bay Area this month. Also coming up soon is San Diego’s Adult Puppet Cabaret (February 28th).

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is still pushing the envelope.

All the Muppet highlights from last week’s Superbowl.

Later in the week the Muppets were back on TV, helping Jimmy Kimmel say good bye to Late Night.

Photos from the recent hands-on digital puppetry course at the Jim Henson Company.

Matt Damon loves his Team America puppet.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles is celebrating Bob Baker’s 90th birthday this weekend.

International Auditions & Job Opportunities

The Magdeburg Puppet Theatre is seeking a Dramturg in  Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (link goes to a German language web site).

Sesame Place is currently auditioning puppeteers for their Sesame Street themed theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

International Calls for Entry

The 10th Palmira International Puppet Festival is now accepting performance applications for their festival in Valle del Cauca, Colombia (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Also currently accepting performance proposals is International Puppet Week in  Resistencia, Chaco Province, Argentina (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

The Puppeteers of America’s 2014 Southeast Puppet Jamboree is currently accepting proposals for workshops and performances.

Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret is seeking short puppet acts to perform in Chicago, Illinois on March 24th.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is seeking potential Artists-in-Residence to propose projects to be produced at their museum in Sausalito, California.

International Workshops & Training Opportunities

Learn to make furry monster puppets at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline (near Boston), Massachusetts, U.S.A. beginning February 25th.

Applications are now being accepted for the New England Puppet Intensive, fifteen days of vigorous puppetry training this summer with members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.

Applications are also now being accepted for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s summer puppet and mask training intensive. It takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 28th – August 15th.

A workshop in Puppetry Techniques for Film & Television is being offered at Theater Works in Peoria, Arizona. Contact for more details or to register.

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