Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Skeksis Edition

By October 13, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments

Africa and the Middle East

An exhibit in Tehran explores 50 years of Iranian puppetry history.

Meet the voices behind the puppets on South Africa’s ZA News.

Craig Leo talks about War Horse as it prepares to debut in Cape Town.


Asian puppetry showcases the diverse cultures of the region.

A new graphic novel celebrates Taiwanese puppeteer Li Tien-lu.

The 2014 World Festival of Puppet Art comes to Thailand next month.

Australia and New Zealand

Snuff Puppets want to build the world’s largest human puppet.

The U.K.’s Unicorn Theatre brings Something Very Far Away to the Melbourne Festival next weekend.


An interview with Welsh-born, Limmerick residing puppeteer Emma Fisher.

The Puppet Centre wants to know how to strengthen puppetry in the United Kingdom.

Here’s a story about a puppet protesting fracking in Scotland.

A short review of the new Gerry Anderson documentary Filmed in Supermarionation.

Jamie Anderson talks about his father’s legacy and producing Firestorm.

Norwich Puppet Theatre had a successful crowdfunding campaign for their upcoming Christmas show.

The 33rd Bilbao International Puppet Festival begins in Bilbao, Spain on October 16th (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

A review of the Incanti International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Turin, Italy (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

The Istanbul International Puppet Festival is working hard to keep puppetry traditions alive.

North America

East Coast Canadian puppeteer Tara Manuel’s Turkish-inspired shadow puppetry will tour schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ingrid Hansen is bringing Little Orange Man to Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival takes place in Vancouver, B.C. November 4th – 9th.

American Master Puppeteer René Zendejas has passed away in Los Angeles.

Martin P. Robinson taught a Master Class at the New York Public Library.

Wump Mucket Puppets wants to make Halloween goofy instead of spooky this year.

Iowa puppeteer Duane Ellett is commemorated with the 2014 Duane and Floppy Festival.

Pay a visit to Scott Land’s Las Vegas workshop.

Robin Ruizendaal gives a talk about puppets, politics and identity in Taiwan in Los Angeles on October 28th.

Calls for Entry

Auditions are now being scheduled for the 2015 seasons of Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.

Short puppet films under twenty minutes long can be submitted to the 2015 Cambridge Strawberry Shorts Film Festival.

Canadian artists in the Province of Ontario who are developing puppet theatre projects can apply for grants from Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program (but hurry, applications must be post marked by October 15th).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Puppetmongers have announced their 2013/14 puppetry workshops in Toronto, Canada.

BAM hosts the Handmade Puppet Dreams Filmmaking Symposium live and online on October 25th.

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