Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Zwerge Edition

By August 3, 2014 January 6th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

Popular Egyptian puppet character Abla Fahita has a hit music video.

The International Festival of Puppet Theatre has decided to proceed as planned in Jerusalem, despite the ongoing conflict in the region.


A recent workshop in India promoted the use of puppetry in education.

Taiwan is crazy about puppets.

Australia & New Zealand

Tablo is touring its award-winning production In Absentia to cities on New Zealand’s South Island throughout August and September.


Ireland’s inaugural Cork Puppetry Festival takes place August 20th – 24th.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest is getting great reviews.

Catch up with Spitting Image’s Roger Law.

A profile of the incredible Lindy Wright, co-founder of London’s Little Angel Theatre.

Also profiled this week were The Puppetree Company’s Alison and Brian Davey.

Some fascinating facts about British marionette maestro Frank Mumford.

Drachenstich, one of Europe’s oldest folk traditions, is being performed in Furth im Wald, Germany until August 17th (link goes to a German language web site).

North America

Lots of puppet slams are happening this month across North America.

Sad to learn that Canadian puppeteer Adam Rickner passed away earlier this year.

Puppetry artist Krista Dalby talks about the artist retreat she’s co-founded in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.

The 10th annual Puppets Up! festival takes place August 8th – 10th in Almonte, Ontario.

Disney is launching a new Muppet web series called Disney Drive On.

Learn all about the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers.

Sesame Workshop is considering cracking down on unauthorized Elmos in Times Square.

A sneak peak at Sesame Street’s 45th season and a great gallery of behind-the-scenes photos.

Forty-five years after debuting at a Puppeteers of America festival, Seth Shaffer revived the magic of Dick Myers at the Motor City Puppet Blast.

Meet some of the puppeteers that make up Cincinnati’s burgeoning puppet scene.

Portland, Oregon will host The Tiny Puppet Theater Festival August 9th – 23rd.

Another interview with Toby Froud.

Tough Pigs recaps all the Muppet-related stuff at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Eli Presser talks about life as T-Rex puppeteer at a Los Angeles museum.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Puppeteers in Québec, Canada are invited to participate in the workshop Masques, objets et Manipulation with Zaven Paré in Chicoutimi, Québec (link goes to a French language web site).

Odd Lot Puppetry Co. teaches latex puppet creation in Calgary, Alberta August 9th and 16th.

Learn Advanced Television Puppetry techniques with Michael Earl at Puppet School in Los Angeles beginning August 9th.

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