Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Grodno Puppetry Edition

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Grodno Puppet Theatre

As part of its 34th season, Belarus’ Grodno Regional Puppet Theatre is restaging its popular show Tuteishiya in early October (photo credit: Grodno Puppet Theatre).

Africa & The Middle East

Peace Puppets is a new initiative to send puppets to children in southern Israel and Gaza who have been traumatized by war.

The 2014 Cape Town Fringe Festival features interesting puppetry from across South Africa.


From the yes-this-is-actually-happening department: Vladimir Putin is apparently designing characters for Good Night, Little Ones! a popular puppet show on Russian television.

Belarus’ Grodno Regional Puppet Theater has begun its 34th season (link goes to a Russian language web site).

The Thailand Cultural Centre recently hosted a workshop and demonstration in Bangkok by Japan’s National Bunraku Theatre.

Australia & New Zealand

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is brining Moominpappa at Sea to the Awesome Arts Festival next month.

Gavin MacLeod brings Avery the Owl onstage for one night only in Honey Pot September 26th in Melbourne.


The giant puppets of Royal de Luxe were on the streets of Limerick, Ireland this weekend.

Scott Land is back in Scotland.

Handspring Puppet Company’s Ubu and the Truth Commission was the final production in this year’s Edinburgh International Theatre Festival.

The Appenzeller Puppet Theatre Festival takes place in Appenzell, Switzerland September 12th – 14th (link goes to a German language web site).

German TV pays a visit to Bavaria’s Drachenstich Festival (link goes to a German language web site).

North America

Ventriloquist Michael Harrison wowed audiences at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

Canadian Puppet Slam alert! The 2014 Winnipeg Puppet Slam is September 12th (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Jessica Gabriel and Chloe Z talk about Canada’s Mind of a Snail Puppetry.

It’s almost time for the Puppets for Peace Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

Plans to restore Connecticut’s Puppet House Theatre have caused friction in their local community.

The Fall 2014 UCONN Puppet Slam takes place September 13th at the University of Connecticut.

Peer in to the playful guise of Bread and Puppet.

Melissa Creighton talks about the Jim Henson Company’s workshop in New York.

Kirk Thatcher talks about his career in the latest instalment of the Getting Felt Up podcast.

The Drawbridge Puppet Theater is celebrated its ninth anniversary this week.

The Cashore Marionettes are back on tour this Fall.

The board of the famed, but financially strained Heart of the Beast Theatre has penned an open letter to the Minneapolis community.

The Center for Puppetry Arts hosted another outstanding National Puppet Slam.

Puppeteer Ricki Vincent explores the mind of Hunter S. Thompson in The Dr. Is Out.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge host Gigi Edgley is still passionate about puppets.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The Thurrock Teaching Schools Alliance Cultural Programme is looking for a puppetry artist in Thurrock/Essex, England with substantial experience working in the education sector for a project in October/November.  Email Jo at for more details.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Dead Puppet Society offers Visual Theatre Process and Introduction to Puppetry workshops in Canberra, Australia beginning next month.

Master carver John Roberts teaches a puppet carving master class at Norwich Puppet Theatre in the U.K. on October 5th.

Richard Hanna teaches a one day needle felting puppet workshop in Toronto, Canada on October 25th.

Lone Wolf Tribe’s Puppet Sculpting Workshop takes place in New York City September 28th.

Last call to sign-up for Bill Bryan and Ted Haines’ online creature suit fabrication workshop at the Stan Winston School.

M.J. Lallo teaches a Puppet Character Voice Workshop at the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry on September 27th. Contact Christine at for more information.

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