Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Night of Dread Edition

By October 26, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments


Anime-style anthropomorphic characters are being used to attract new audiences to traditional Japanese puppetry.

Compagnie Philippe Genty’s reimagining of Forget Me Not has been well received in Tokyo.

Students are learning shadow puppetry in northern China’s Hebei Province.

Photos from a masterclass at the 2014 Close to You Puppet Festival in Taipei (link goes to a Facebook Page, registration or login may be required).

Power of Play’s giant puppets have made a massive impression in Sri Lanka.

Australia and New Zealand

Humphrey Bower reviews three recent examples of Australian puppet theatre.


The CBeebies series Hacker Time has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA award.

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is keeping his name in the British news.

A report from The Little Angel Theatre’s recent Puppetry and Writer’s Evening in London.

A look at La Fura dels Baus’ giant puppet opera Elektra, which was staged in Sweden earlier this year (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

The 15th annual Night of Dread is Toronto, Canada’s most fearful festival.

Birmingham-based Stan’s Cafe will bring The Cardinals to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre next year.

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology is getting excited about the upcoming Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival.

America’s oldest living puppeteer, Nat Norbert Bucholz, has passed away at the age of 102 (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Matt Vogel and Constantine the Frog were guests at the Puppets on Film Festival in New York City this weekend.

The Caroll Spinney documentary I Am Big Bird will be released by Tribeca Film in early 2015.

Kaiju Gaiden is documentary film about independent Tokusatsu films and filmmakers.

A look at upcoming puppet slams across America.

Members of the U.S. Congress are taking issue with the $374,000 spent annually on puppetry-related initiatives by the National Institutes of Health.

The globe-trotting Magical Moonshine Theatre brought toy theatre back to their hometown last week.

Customers at a Thai restaurant in Oregon were treated to a performance by the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre last week.

Step inside the Froud family’s world of fantasy.

Professor Susan Needham is promoting traditional Cambodian shadow puppetry in the United States.

Puppet Town returned to the Nerdmelt Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend.

New developments in the ongoing struggle to preserve the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The World of Coca-Cola is hiring suit performers in Atlanta, Georgia.

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