Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: New Year Edition

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Africa & The Middle East

Popular Egyptian puppet Abla Fahita is getting her own TV show.


Designing and creating puppets was just one of many activities at the month-long Dhaatu International Puppet Festival in Bengaluru, India.

Bangalore hosted its first ever international puppetry festival recently as well.

Elsewhere in India, a new documentary explores Yakshagana puppetry.

Canadian filmmaker Karine Arslanyan is crowdfunding a documentary about Indonesian Wayang Kulit shadow puppetry.

Director Koichi Sakamoto and writer Yuji Kobayashi recently gave a talk about the production of Tokusatsu at Tokyo University.

Australia & New Zealand

Erth Artistic Director Scott Wright has designed a new show in Ballarat, Victoria for the Australian school holidays and is also bringing dinosaurs back to Brisbane.

A team of thirty artists and volunteers from the Queensland University of Technology brought to life a giant puppet named Tilda for the Woodford Folk Festival.

Puppets made a splash at the Falls Festival in New South Wales for New Year’s.

The new adaptation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar premieres in Parramatta as part of the Sydney Festival this week.


Belfast-based Beccy Henderson has her eye on a puppetry part in the new Star Wars movie.

Remembering Roberta Leigh, creator of classic British TV shows like Space Patrol and Torchy The Battery Boy.

Duncan Willis is making a name for himself as a puppet designer in Whiteley, England.

Eight generations of the Toones family have kept a Belgian puppet tradition alive.

A year-end report from UNIMA’s General Secretary, Jacques Trudeau (link goes to a .pdf document).

A new exhibit at the Puppetry Museum in Vorchten shows how Wayang Kulit shadow puppetry was used in the fight for Indonesian independence.

Latin America & The Caribbean

Get caught up with the latest puppetry news from Cuba (link goes to a Spanish language .pdf document).

North America

A list of upcoming North American puppet slams.

The Old Trout’s Peter Balkwill wants to create a school of puppetry in Calgary, Alberta.

The Puppet Kitchen is teaching puppet construction at Cornell College.

Robert Smythe talks about puppetry and his latest work in Philadelphia.

A new giant puppet museum was inaugurated in Athens, Ohio on New Year’s Eve.

Water puppets and marionettes are coming to Charleston, North Carolina.

Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow is being adapted for American television.

ALF creator Paul Fusco released holiday-themed puppet specials last month.

Marianne Mettes pays tribute to Bob Baker.

Los Angeles has a rare opportunity to see authentic French puppetry when Guignol de Lyon performs Le Pot de Confiture in May.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Cirque du Soleil is currently hiring puppeteers with experience performing giant/large puppets for an upcoming touring production inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar.

New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre is currently seeking an Assistant Producer in Auckland.

Calls for Entry

Made a sci-fi, fantasy or otherwise fantastically themed puppet film? Submit it to the 2015 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Puchon, South Korea.

Puppetry artists in the United Kingdom are invited to submit proposals to Maker Faire UK.

Touring UK companies and artists can apply to perform in the showcase at the 2015 NFRT Rural Touring Conference in Norfolk.

Scholarships to the 2015 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America are now available.

The Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York City is currently accepting applications for its 2015 program.

Applications are available for the Xperimental Puppet Theatre program at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Little Angel Theatre is offering puppetry training for adults in London, England this month.

A complete list of workshops at the 2015 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America at the University of Connecticut is now available.

Get an introduction to stage puppetry with upcoming workshops from Vox Fabuli in Seattle, Washington.

Puppet School offers beginner and intermediate level classes in television puppetry in Los Angeles beginning February 7th.

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