Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Performance at the Temple Edition

By June 8, 2014 January 6th, 2015 No Comments


French puppeteer Ivan Pomme performed in Shanghai to celebrate Children’s Day.

Toni Harsono is fighting to preserve the tradition of Wayang potehi in Indonesia.

Sad news from Singapore…pioneering Ventriloquist Victor Khoo died on June 6th after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Culture and Arts forced Jeff Dunham to censor his act.


Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company’s Killing Roger is touring the U.K.

The Beverly Puppet Festival takes place in Yorkshire, England July 11th -13th.

Also in England, the recent Puppet Festival at the Boo was a big success.

The popular CBBC series Blue Peter filmed at the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.

Royal DeLuxe’s new giant Grandmother took her first steps in Nantes, France this weekend.

Sebastià Vergés i Cadena, Spain’s oldest living puppeteer, sadly passed away last weekend after a long illness.

North America

The line-up has been announced for Toronto’s annual Puppet All Sorts Puppet Slam on June 16th.

New Hampshire is getting excited about the first Portsmouth Puppetry Festival.

The Puppet Showplace Theater celebrated its 40th anniversary this week in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Wump Mucket Puppets enjoyed some local TV exposure in Cleveland, Ohio recently.

Toby Froud’s new Handmade Puppet Dreams short Lessons Learned will premiere in Portland Oregon on June 21st.

The 2014 Vent Haven ConVENTion takes place in Hebron, Kentucky July 16th – 19th.

Rumour has it that Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is getting his own Las Vegas show.

Auditions & Job Opportunities

Norwich Puppet Theatre is currently hiring an Education Officer in Norwich, England.

Puppet makers are being sought in London, England by the People’s Theatre Company.

Also in the UK, Puppets with Guts is currently hiring puppeteers.

Sunny Drake is currently looking for a stage manager for a national tour of Canada.

Calls for Entry

Animated films, including Machinima and digital puppetry, are now being accepted for Machinima Expo 7.

Young puppetry artists in the UK aged 18-30 are invited to apply to participate in the 2014 Leicester Festival.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Norwich Puppet Theater is offering an International Puppetry Summer School in Norwich, England August 17th – 22nd.

The French National Centre of UNIMA, THEMAA, is organizing several puppetry workshops in France throughout July, August and September.

Muñecos Animados are teaching television puppet workshop in Spain (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Puppet School is offering upcoming puppetry classes in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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