Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: May The 4th Be With You Edition

By May 4, 2014 January 6th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

South Africa’s Conrad Koch is publishing a book inspired by his popular pundit character Chester Missing.


In New Dehli, residents of the city’s Puppeteers’ Colony are fighting eviction.

Elsewhere in India, efforts to keep traditional Indian shadow puppetry alive continue.

Taiwan Xiqu Center is under construction in Taipei and will be a new national home for traditional Taiwanese arts, including puppetry.

Meanwhile, Taipei’s Xinzhuang Hand Puppet Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special exhibit until May 18th.

Handspring Puppet Company paid a visit to Korea with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Australia & New Zealand

Gary Friedman is off to Africa to film his documentary The Puppet and the Power.

Wellington puppeteer Norbert Hausberg has been performing for 30 years.


An unknown puppeteer made a big impression with a little puppet name Patsy May on Britain’s Got Talent this week.

Avenue Q has returned to London and will be touring the U.K.

A review of The Puppet Story’s Shakespeare: The Puppet Show.

Star Wars puppeteer Toby Philpot awaits the next instalment of the Star Wars saga.

You can celebrate Mr. Punch’s 350th birthday at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival on May 11th.

North America

Almonte, Ontario is preparing for Canada’s Puppets Up festival this summer.

Actress Shirley Douglas talks about Famous People Players and their impact (link goes to a Facebook video, you may have to be logged in to view it).

Vancouver puppeteer Shizuka Kai talks about her work and upcoming new show.

Israel’s Train Theater brings A Touch of Light to Toronto May 24th.

Sadly, American Ventriloquist Otto Petersen recently passed away.

The 16th Annual Labapalooza Festival of New Puppet Theater will be unleashed on New York City May 29th – June 1st.

Chicago’s Manual Cinema is winning acclaim for its innovative shadow puppetry.

Arlington, Virginia puppet shop owner Alban Odoulamy reflects on selling puppets rather than performing them.

Brandi Hoofnagle is coming to the Atlanta Fringe Festival with a brand new show.

Xperimental Puppet Theater returns to Atlanta’s Center For Puppetry Arts this month.

Last weekend’s puppetry extravaganza at Florida’s Atlantic Center for the Arts was a big success.

A short video report about the annual Smelt Run Puppet Parade in Duluth, Minnesota.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

A puppet maker is being sought in Lancashire, England for “an exciting, visual and entertaining site specific event.”

Hershey’s Chocolate World is seeking a full-time Digital Puppeteer in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Gary Friedman is offering a weekend storytelling and paper puppetry workshop in Melbourne, Australia August 1st – 3rd.

Emily Williams teaches Directing for Puppets in Bristol, England on May 10th.

Also in the UK on May 10th, Marcus Clarke teaches a puppetry masterclass as part of the Derby Film Festival.

Alexander Mergold teaches a one day Papier Mâché mold making masterclass in Toronto May 17th.

Learn Art and Activism by creating an original show with Bread and Puppet at Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vermont  June 23rd-July 20th.

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s New England Puppet Intensive runs August 2nd – 18th at Buxton School in Williamtown, Massachusetts.

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