Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Giant Animatronics Edition

By October 19, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

The 2nd International Conference of Researchers & Puppeteers in Arab Countries meets in Tunisia this week (link goes to an Arabic Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).

The Alexandria International Puppets Festival takes place this week in Alexandria, Egypt.

Egypt’s El-Kousha puppet troupe is using giant puppets to tackle the theme of fear.

After being banned by Israeli authorities last year, the El-Hakawati International Puppetry Festival returns to East Jerusalem this week (link goes to an Arabic Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).


The 50th anniversary of France and China’s diplomatic ties was marked by La Machine with a spectacular performance of giant animatronic characters in Beijing.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia performs in China for the first time during Canada Week at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival.

Thailand is set to host the Harmony World Puppet Carnival in Bangkok November 1st – 10th.


The Puppet Centre celebrates its 40th birthday with a Great Puppet Party in London, England on November 16th.

Go backstage at The Lion King as it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary in London.

Austria’s world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre is still going strong.

The International Istanbul Puppet Festival continues in Turkey.

North America

The 15th annual Night of Dread takes place in Toronto on October 25th.

Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre continues to receive rave reviews in Edmonton.

The Sesame Workshop series Furchester Hotel is checking in to YouTube.

The 2014 Puppets on Film Festival will kick off with a Dark Crystal Fan Fest in New York City this week.

Brooklyn, New York’s Puppetworks is a local institution.

Blair Thomas and Taylor Bibat discuss the upcoming inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.

Auditions & Job Opportunities

The TV pilot Monica’s Mixing Bowl is seeking television puppeteers in New York City.

Open Hand Theatre is holding auditions for American puppeteers this week in Syracuse, New York.

Calls for Entry

UNIMA grants and scholarships to study puppetry outside of your home country are available in The United States as well as Latin America and several other regions (see for more details).

Applications are being accepted for No Such Thing 2, a platform for an “eclectic range of original and exhilarating new work from across the theatrical spectrum” at the London, England’s New Diorama Theatre (hurry, the application deadline is September 21st).

The 2015 Copenhagen Puppetry Festival is presenting a symposium and series of artists talks on a variety of puppetry-related topics. Anyone interested in presenting should contact for more information.

In the United States, Atlanta’s Harry Potter Con is looking for puppet slam acts (contact them directly if you’re interested in performing).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Giant Puppet Project in Siem Reap, Cambodia is currently seeking international Artist-Volunteers available during the month of February, 2015. Contact for full details.

Puppet Animation Scotland is offering a weekend puppetry course with Rene Baker in Edinburgh.

Puppetmongers’ Puppetry eXploratory Laboratory mentors people with ideas for puppetry projects and people who would like to work on puppetry projects in Toronto, Canada.

Learn how to create hand and rod puppet understructures with BJ Guyer and the Stan Winston School online.

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