Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Puppetry Institute Edition

By May 11, 2015 No Comments

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is hiring a summer student in Nova Scotia, Canada.

A theatre director with puppetry experience is needed for a youth production in Arizona.

Calls for Entry

The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt has put out a call for participation (link goes to a .pdf file).

A funded place is available in Rene Baker’s upcoming puppetry workshop in Scotland next month.

Pulse Puppetry: A Performance Scratch Night is seeking emerging and innovative puppetry work in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The deadline to apply to perform in the Toronto All Sorts Puppet Slam is June 1st.

Creators of any performance developed at the O’Neil Puppetry Conference in the United States is invited to apply to perform it at the National Puppetry Festival in August.

International Puppetry News


Indian shadow puppetry is among the oldest puppetry in the world.

Students from Seoul and New York City have collaborated to create a live-feed projection puppetry theatre piece.


The 2015 Bristol Festival of Puppetry is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Samantha Lane has been named the new Artistic Director of the Little Angel Theatre, which has just officially opened the new Little Angel Studios.

Beloved British Ventriloquist Keith Harris has been laid to rest in Blackpool.

Thunderbirds are Go for the Stone Puppet Festival.

Nigel Plaskitt talks about his 40-year career in puppetry.

The 8th International Biennial of Puppetry Arts is taking place in Paris until May 30th (link goes to a French language web site).

Germany’s largest puppetry festival began this weekend in Erlangen, Nuremberg, and Fürth (link goes to a German language web site).

Redondela’s International Puppet Festival offers more than seventy performances beginning May 26th in Galicia, Spain (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Taiwan’s Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company is currently touring Spain with their show A Sea of Puppets (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

Ronnie Burkett will receive a prestigious arts award in Alberta, Canada.

French performer Olivia Faye Lathuillière is performing her new puppetry/movement piece La Causeuse in Toronto.

Vietnamese Water Puppetry is coming to British Columbia for the Surrey International Children’s Festival.

United States Senator John McCain is criticizing U.S. government funding of Sandglass Puppet Theater’s upcoming puppetry festival.

John Bell aims to bring more puppetry to the public through the Ballard Institute.

Emerging artists explore and experiment with puppetry in the annual Experimental Puppet Theater showcase at the Center for Puppetry Arts May 14th – 17th.

A look at the growing puppetry community in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Muppets are coming back to television this Fall.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

A few spaces are still available in the The Little Angel Theatre’s Adult Puppet Company in London, England.

Rene Baker teaches puppetry workshops in Lancashire, England July 2nd – 5th.

Alexander Mergold teaches table top puppet building in Toronto, Canada beginning May 31st.

BJ Guyer teaches puppet mechanism basics in an online workshop with the Stan Winston School beginning July 11th.

Puppet School Los Angeles is hosting an open puppet building workshop on June 13th.

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