Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Emperor’s New Clothes Edition

By September 16, 2014 August 7th, 2017 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

15th Tehran International Puppet Theater Festival features puppeteers from Germany, Serbia, Armenia, Spain and China until September 20th.


The new Bolshoi Contemporary Puppet Theatre Festival takes place in Saint Petersburg, Russia September 19th – 23rd.

Pili International Multimedia is putting full episodes of the popular Pili Puppetry series on YouTube with English subtitles.

Puppetry is one of many art forms that provides cultural links between Taiwan and Malaysia.

Myanmar’s Mandalay Marionette Theatre offers a glimpse into a centuries-old tradition of Buddhist storytelling.

Australia & New Zealand

One of Erth’s giant puppet dinosaurs went on a bit of rampage at Te Papa to promote a new exhibit in Wellington.


Chinese television recently visited Pollock’s Toy Shop in London’s historic Covent Garden (link goes to a Chinese language video).

The Paper Cinema is currently on a tour of China, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Molly Hawkins is building a giant puppet for the Batley Festival in West Yorkshire.

Help Norwich Puppet Theatre celebrate its 35th anniversary by putting a new twist on the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast.

Photos of Puppets in Prague’s Watch Out For The Wolf at the Letni Letna New Circus and Theatre Festival in Prague.

An English translation of Marie and Pavel Jirásek’s Czech puppetry book The Puppet and the Modern is now available for preorder.

The 12th Lutke International Puppet Theatre Festival kicked off in Ljubljana, Slovenia this weekend.

A report from the Barcelona premiere of Javier Aranda’s Parias (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

At Arm’s Length: The Art of African Puppetry is an exhibit of over one hundred African puppets at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden.

North America

Lowell Dean shares the experience of creating the new preschool TV series Hi Opie!

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s new TV special, From Naughty to Nice, will premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival.

The Puppeteers of America’s Pacific Northwest Puppetry Festival and Puppets for Peace Celebration begins in Victoria, British Columbia on September 19th.

Laurie Berenhaus is exploring how to utilize 3D printing in puppetry.

Jeffrey Dunn has been named as the new President and CEO of Sesame Workshop.

Mel B and Heidi Klum had some fun with Miss Piggy on America’s Got Talent this week.

A gallery of photos from this weekend’s International Arts & Puppet Festival in Syracuse, New York.

Former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac is developing a puppetry project.

Ventriloquist Dummies get their due at Kentucky’s Vent Haven Museum.

The All Puppet Players are seeking a permanent home in Arizona.

Conan O’Brien and Seth Green talk about Muppets and puppetry.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The Performing Arts Academy of Connecticut is seeking puppeteers in the North Eastern United States.

Walt Disney Imagineering is currently hiring a Performance Direction/Experience Designer.

Calls for Entry

Café Concret is looking for short puppet performances – including performances that can be performed remotely over the internet – as part of Le Festival Phénomena in Montreal, Canada (link goes to a French language web site).

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival, which has a reputation for being very friendly to puppet films.

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater is looking for acts for upcoming puppet slams in Phoenix, Arizona. Contact for more information.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

UNIMA SA is offering a workshop on puppet eye mechanics with animatronic puppet builder Roger Titley October 3rd – 4th, and a workshop on the fundamental principles of object manipulation with Handspring puppeteer Jason Potgieter October4th-5th , in Cape Town South Africa. Contact for more information.

Sylvain Gagnon teaches over sized puppetry performance techniques weekends in Quebec, Canada beginning October 9th. Contact for more information.

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