Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Animal Nature Edition

By August 10, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments

Africa and the Middle East

The International Festival of Puppet Theater takes place in Jerusalem August 10th – 14th.

Puppetry Director Craig Leo talks about the nuances of performance in War Horse South Africa.


Puppet opera is being revitalized in China’s Shanxi Province.

Photos of Chinese puppeteer Xiao Qiulin.

Godzilla’s original suit performer Haruo Nakajima reflects on the famous monster’s legacy.

The Chuncheon Puppet Festival is taking place in Chuncheon, Korea until August 13th (link goes to a Korean language web site).


Ireland is getting excited for the upcoming Cork Puppetry Festival.

The Buxton Puppet Festival continued to delight audiences in in Derbyshire, England this week.

Auf geht’s zum Further Drachenstich takes you behind the scenes of the Drachenstitch pageant in Bavaria (link goes to a German language web site).

Armenian puppeteer Angela Galstyan’s beginnings in puppet theatre.

North America

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph talks about performing at Puppet Up! this weekend in Almonte, Ontario.

Jamie Shannon continues his quest to elect a puppet duck as Mayor of Toronto.

Clay and Paper Theatre are celebrating twenty years of performing giant puppetry.

Some thoughts on the future of the Muppets.

Also in Muppet news, they went to Coney Island this week to make the dreams of two little girls come true and is refusing to accept preorders of Muppet Blu-Rays and DVDs due to a dispute with Disney.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention cofounder Donovan Zimmerman reflects on 15 years of puppet theatre.

Chris Lilly talks about making the Starship Sassafrass web series.

The National Puppet Slam will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Center for Puppetry Arts August 28th – 30th.

Calls for Entry

The International Festival of Alexandria for Puppets is holding a giant puppet design competition in Egypt. Five designers will be selected to attend the festival and build their puppet at the festival; contact for more information.

The International Puppet Festival in the South is now accepting applications for their 2015 festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret is seeking short puppet acts for their September 29th show in New York City.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

A two day introductory puppetry workshop will be at the Cork Puppetry Festival in Ireland this month.

Get Tokusatsu training from the Stan Winston School, which is offering online courses in building a model city and building a monster suit and filming a monster movie battle.

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