Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Hello World Edition

By September 29, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

South Africa’s Stellenbosch University invited Conrad Koch to their Diversity Week.

Out of the Box Puppetry Festival is back as part of the Cape Town Fringe.


Anurupa Roy’s Bollywood Bandwagon aims to uncover dark truths about Bollywood in Bangalore.

Puppet artist Shrawan Bhaat and others are keeping puppetry traditions alive in Udaipur, India.

The annual Close to You International Puppet Theatre Festival returns to Taipei next month.

A look backstage at a Hokkien Puppetry performance in Singapore.


In Wales, a medieval church is celebrating its local heritage with a historic puppet show.

The new Sesame Street series Furchester Hotel has premiered on CBeebies, the BBC’s preschool network.

A review of the Little Angel Theatre’s recent revival of Fantastic Mr. Fox in London.

Photos and video of last weekend’s Witham International Puppet festival.

An update on Norwich Puppet Theatre’s fundraising campaign.

A trailer for Das Da Theater’s new show Das Piratenschwein (“The Pirate Pig”).

UNIMA’s Professional Training Commission has issued a letter of concern regarding the Turku puppetry training program’s troubles in Finland.

North America

Biographer Brian Jay Jones remembers Jim Henson on what would have been his 78th birthday.

A list of upcoming North American Puppet Slams in October.

Indonesia puppetry takes centre stage in Washington, D.C. at the Performing Indonesia festival this week.

Captain Kangaroo’s famous puppet characters Bunny Rabbit & Mr. Moose went up for auction on Friday.

The story behind the puppet in the recent Miss America pageant.

A woman in Georgia is using puppetry to look for a kidney donor.

A lot of giant puppets were expected at Buskers in the Burg in Ellensburg, Washington this weekend.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Demented FX is looking for puppeteers for their haunted house in Western Massachusetts.

Calls for Entry

Students and young artists working in puppetry are invited to apply to perform at next year’s Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in the Czech Republic.

The Field Museum is inviting puppeteers to perform during the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival.

Workshops & Training Opportunities

Stuffed Puppet teaches a puppetry masterclass in Bristol, England on November 15th.

UNIMA-USA is offering $1,000 USD scholarships for American puppeteers to study puppetry outside of the United States.

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

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