Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Puppeteer on a Wire Edition

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Africa & The Middle East

The Qatar National Theatre collaborated with England’s Little Angel Theatre to bring Handa’s Surprise to Qatar.


Discover the Dehiwela Puppet Art Museum in Sri Lanka.

The audience for traditional Indian shadow puppetry is growing.

A journey to see a water puppetry performance in rural Vietnam.

Australia / New Zealand

The Maldon Puppet Carnival promises three days of some of the best puppetry from across Australia and New Zealand  March 8-10th in Maldon, Victoria.


Strangeface Theatre’s Shooting The Moon uses puppetry to explore the life of Georges Méiliès.

Spitting Image is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Indigo Moon Theatre is beginning its Spring 2014 UK tour.

Swiss performer Peter Rinderknecht discusses the importance of making intelligent object theatre for young audiences.

Dutch puppeteer Wim Kerkhove is bringing Jan Klaassen to Spain (link goes to a Catalan language article).

Hungarian puppeteers are preparing to celebrate World Puppetry Day in Budapest on March 21st.

Latin America & The Caribbean

Families can enjoy puppetry at the first Festival of Fantasy in Bogota, Columbia until March 16th (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

Montreal’s Festival Les Trois Jours de Casteliers begins this week.

Puppetmongers bring back their classic The Miller and His Wife March 6-15th in Toronto, Canada.

Tim Gosley is bringing the poetry of the puppet to the Victoria Spoken Word Festival in British Columbia.

The Muppets are taking selfies and posting them on Instagram.

Here’s your first look at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

The new facility for the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry had it’s grand opening this weekend in Storrs, Connecticut.

As always, puppet slams will be held across the United States this month. Look for Puppet Slamwich in Baltimore (March 8th), Puppet Slam Cafe in Huntington, New York (March 13th), the Big Green Puppetzilla Puppet Slam in Los Angles (March 16th), Puppet Manualfesto in Philadelphia (March 21st), and PuppetLand: Confidential in San Francisco (March 22nd) to name just a few!

Beyond the Continental United States, the Titeretada Noches de Cabaret Puppet Slam comes to San Juan, Puerto Rico March 21-22.

Back in New York, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre returns to the stage next month.

Also in the Big Apple, Great Small Works, Teatro SEA and the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York celebrate the International Day of Puppetry with a puppet red carpet and Spaghetti Dinner on March 21st.

Ronnie Burkett comes to Washington, D.C. to perform Penny Plain March 20-22nd.

The Lion King: Up Close is a new exhibit opening March 11th at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.

A profile of Wisconsin marionette maker Ken Vogel.

PUPPETCOrN is a new American puppetry convention taking place in Des Moines, Iowa May 15-17th.

A photo essay takes you behind the scenes at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Norwich Puppet Theatre is currently looking for a Marketing Officer for their theatre in Norwich, England.

International Calls for Entry

Les Sages Fous in Quebec, Canada are currently looking for puppet theatre and puppet film works-in-progress to present at the 2014 Micro-festival of Unfinished Puppetry.

Puppetmongers are seeking puppetry works and presentations for the 7th annual Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day in Toronto, Canada.

New Victory LabWorks is seeking applications from New York-based puppetry companies interested in creating new puppetry work for family audiences.

UNIMA-Mexico D.F. is currently accepting proposals from artists and companies that would like to perform during Mexico City’s International Day of Puppetry celebration on March 21st. Contact UNIMA-Mexico DF via email for more information.

International Workshops and Training Opportunities

Alexander Mergold teaches table top puppetry construction in Toronto, Canada on Sundays beginning March 23rd.

Learn the secrets of flat foam puppet construction with Pay Brymer in Los Angeles March 8-9th. Email the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry for more information.

Also in Los Angeles this month, Gina Pavlova brings her Minimalistic Puppetry Class to Puppet School March 9th.

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