Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Pili Puppet Edition

By August 25, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments
Africa & The Middle East

No Strings is working in refugee camps to help Syrian children who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in their homeland.

UNIMA Iran President Hamidreza Ardalan on puppetry and trans-modern theatre.

Conrad Koch talks about using comedy and puppetry to talk about race in South Africa.

Cape Town is getting ready for the homecoming of War Horse. Discover the work of South African puppetmaker Macdonald Mfolo.


Chinese puppeteer Feng Shoukun is the guardian of Dingtao Shadow Puppetry.

Tolosa International Puppet Centre Director Idoya Otegui visited Japan as part of preparations for the 2016 UNIMA World Puppet Festival.

UNIMA is preparing for its 2016 World Puppet Festival in San Sebastian and Tolosa, Spain.

One of Indonesia’s few traditional Chinese-style Potehi (glove puppet) puppeteers, Thio Tiong Gie, has passed away at the age of 81 in Central Java.

Australia & New Zealand

Thousands of Australians were awe-struck by Vietnam’s Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre at the Darwin Culture Festival this weekend.


Puppeteers across the United Kingdom and beyond are mourning the loss of John Blundall.

Stephen Arden is living his dream as a puppeteer in the U.K. touring production of Avenue Q.

Get ready for the Lutke International Puppet Theatre Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

An interview with Russian puppetry director Boris Konstantinov (link goes to a Russian language web site).

Latin America & The Caribbean

El Teatro de las Estaciones is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Matanzas, Cuba (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

Puppeteers were among the street performers at Toronto’s Buskerfest.

Canada’s Tim Gosley is bringing the Puppets for Peace Festival to Victoria, B.C.

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater creates “magical realism” in Saugerties, New York.

“Do-it-yourself ingenuity impresario” Tommy LeRoy is putting The Fuzzballs on stage in Detroit.

The line-up for the first ever Chicago International Puppet Festival has been announced.

tUnE-yArDs singer Merrill Garbus talks about what she learned working in puppetry and how it influences her music.

Also in Detroit this weekend, Seth Shaffer restaged legendary American puppeteer Dick Myers’ Cinderella.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is facing a severe financial crisis in Minneapolis.

Jeff Dunham is still leaving audiences in stitches.

Judd Lynn talks about returning to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers as show runner for the series’ 20th anniversary.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Clay and Paper Theatre are seeking a Production and Administrative Assistant in Toronto, Canada.

Calls for Entry

In the United Kingdom, Without Walls is inviting artists and companies to propose creating and touring of new outdoor work in 2015.

Puppeteers attending Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. are invited to apply to perform at the Late Night Puppet Slam by filling in this form (see this link for more information).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Learn to sculpt foam puppets online live with B.J. Guyer and the Stan Winston School beginning October 11th.

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