Bi-weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: MacBeth Edition

By February 18, 2024 No Comments
Eric Woolfe stars in Eldritch Theatre’s MacBeth: A Tale Told By An Idiot in Toronto until February 24th (photo by Adrianna Prosser).

Every other weekend we round up puppetry opportunities and puppetry news from English speaking media around the world. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s been happening lately in the world of puppetry:

Africa & The Middle East

The 5th annual Carthage Puppetry Arts Days were held in Tunis, Tunisia February 3rd – 10th.


The Quanzhou Marionette Troupe recently performed in the Philippines to celebrate the lunar new year.

The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival is building an audience for both traditional and contemporary puppetry in India.

The centuries old tradition of wayang potehi is being kept alive in Jakarta.


A round-up of shows from the recently concluded Manipulate Festival in Scotland.

Toby Froud says that he felt destined to work in puppetry.

The National Theatre has announced that War Horse will be returning to U.K. stages for the first time in five years this fall.

North America

Ingrid Hansen talks about Epidermis Circus, her surreal puppet cabaret touring Canada and the United States next month.

Inside the strange resurgence of Nanalan’, the decades-old Canadian puppet show aimed at toddlers.

Eldritch Theatre’s MacBeth: A Tale Told By An Idiot has been generating rave reviews from audiences in Toronto.

Britain’s “quick thinking Queen of Ventriloquism” Nina Conti is performing off-Broadway.

Center for Puppetry Arts tells the story of Jim Crow-era Green Book.

A $10,000 grant will help preserve Bil Baird’s puppets from The Sound of Music at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Iowa.

In Texas, Anthony Michael Stokes is redefining the boundaries of his craft.

Lisa Henson talks about the remastered 4k releases of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

Calls for Entry

UNIMA, in partnership with of UNESCO, is seeking videos to celebrate the International Day of Peace and Non-Violence.

The Jim Henson Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent from American puppeteers and puppetry companies for their 2025 Granting Cycle.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Erth and Canberra Youth Theatre are looking for puppetry performers to participate in the Enlighten Festival (link goes to Facebook, registration may be required).

Walk with Amal is currently hiring a Development Director.

The Beverly Puppet Festival is hiring a Trainee Festival Director in East Yorkshire, England.

Toronto’s Clay and Paper Theatre is currently hiring puppet makers and an Indigenous Artistic Production Intern.

The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta is currently looking for hand and rod puppeteers for an exciting summer production (link goes to a Facebook post, registration may be required).

Walt Disney World is currently seeking puppeteers for their upcoming The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

Disney also has an opening for a Props and Puppet Entertainment Technician in Hong Kong.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Gavin Glover leads a puppetry in contemporary theatre workshop in Glasgow April 6th – 7th.

Studio Figur is hosting a puppet making masterclass with Pluck Venema in the Netherlands February 26th – March 1st.

Ingrid Hansen teaches how to puppeteer anything in Toronto on March 2nd.

Puppet Stuff Canada has upcoming workshops in on camera puppetry, black light puppetry, foam carving and puppet mechanisms in Calgary, Alberta.

Applications are now being accepted for the New England Puppet Intensive, which takes place in North Adams, Massachusetts July 12th – 22nd.