Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Chester Missing Edition

By April 27, 2014 January 6th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

Conrad Koch and Chester Missing are helping South Africans talk about race.


Puppet Theater PUK’s new season is off to a strong start in Tokyo.

A nine day shadow puppet festival in Bangalore, India begins May 3rd.

Pay a visit to the Traditional Puppet Art Museum in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka.

A report about studying traditional Burmese puppetry in Myanmar.

Myanmar, traditional Burmese puppetry.

Australia & New Zealand

Weta Workshop’s five time Oscar winning maestro Richard Taylor got his start building puppets.

Canadian shadow puppeteer Jeff Achtem is getting attention in New Zealand.


Richard Hay made a splash on social media with a paper puppet he hastily constructed on the Tube in London.

Buckinghamshire is about to welcome Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett.

The FIDENA (Figurentheater der Nationen) puppet theatre festival takes place in Bochum, Germany May 16th – 24th.

Latin America & The Caribbean

A report from this month’s international puppet festival in Matanzas, Cuba.

Photos from the International Day of Puppetry celebrations in Mexico City (link goes to a Facebook photo album).

North America

Humber College’s upcoming puppetry intensive is drawing puppeteers to Toronto from across North America and beyond.

Taiwan’s famous Pili Puppetry will be featured at Toronto’s TAIWANfest this summer.

The U.S. debut of the Caroll Spinney documentary I Am Big Bird has been announced and early reviews are coming in from its premiere at the Hot Docs festival.

Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre is touring the United States.

From New York, a great review of Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery by the The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre.

Taking a trip to visit Detroit’s PuppetART.

The city of Chicago is making plans to welcome Royal Deluxe’s gigantic puppets in 2016.

Mapcap Puppets are making big plans for the future in Cincinnati.

The inaugural PuppetCorn puppetry convention takes place in Des Moines, Iowa May 15th-17th.

Ventriloquist Megan Piphus has been keeping busy since her appearances on America’s Got Talent last year.

Lots of fun was had at the National Day of Puppetry celebrations at Texas’ Baylor University.

Why you should be watching Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy is offering an eight week course in on-camera puppetry in New York City beginning May 1st.

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