Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Newzoids Edition

By April 20, 2015 April 21st, 2015 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

Puppet Nation ZA won several South African Film and Television Awards in Cape Town.


Bunraku artist Tamame Yoshida has succeeded and taken the name of his master, Tamao Yoshida.

Japan’s 380 year old Youkiza Marionette Theatre performed in Hanoi.

A profile of Vietnamese Water Puppetry Artist Vu Van Doan.

Daman Murmu is one of India’s few surviving Chadar Badar puppeteers and wants to pass on his art form to a new generation.

Australia & New Zealand

The cast of Kiwi Moon paid a visit to real Kiwi as part of their research in Wellington, New Zealand last month.


A look at the new British satirical series Newzoids and its creators.

Puppeteer David Leech is launching a new puppet festival in Stone, England.

As a new puppet festival debuts in the UK, another ends…sadly, the Buxton Puppet Festival has been cancelled.

A review of the Little Angel Theatre’s FIRSTS Festival in London.

Germany had its second ever puppet slam in Berlin this weekend (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Full details of the 2015 Copenhagen Puppet Festival in Denmark have been announced.

Renowned Czech playwright and puppet theatre director Josef Krofta has passed away.

The line-up of the 15th International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms in Lisbon, Portugal has been announced.

Latin America & The Caribbean

The 2nd International Festival of Shadow Theater takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 23rd – 30th (link goes to a Portuguese language web site).

North America

A report from the Casteliers Festival in Montreal, Quebec (link goes to a Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).

The Christian puppetry spoofing Hand to God looks like a hit on Broadway.

Long time Sesame Street Producer and Director Lisa Simon has passed away.

An interview with American puppeteer Michele Costa.

Madcap Puppets is building a new home in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Myanmar’s Htwe Oo Myanmar Puppetry will perform at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico in July.

Special effects legend Rick Baker is auctioning of his famous creatures in Los Angeles.

Auditions & Job Opportunities

Norwich Puppet Theatre is currently seeking a Financial Controller in Norfolk, England.

Puppet Place is looking for an Operations & Facilities Officer in Bristol, England.

Clay and Paper Theatre are hiring a Production Administrative Assistant and Theatre Administrator Trainee in Toronto, Canada.

The Puppet Showplace Theater is seeking a new Executive Director in New England.

Calls for Entry

Emerging Canadian puppet filmmakers can submit their films to be broadcast on Air Canada flights and win prizes in the enRoute Canadian Film Festival.

Also currently accepting film submissions is the Academy Award qualifying Uppsala International Short Film Festival.

Applications for the National Puppet Slam at the National Puppetry Festival in the United States are now available.

Workshops & Training Opportunities

Keith Frederick teaches costuming for puppets at the Little Angel Theatre in July.

A list of upcoming summer workshops at L’Institut International de la Marionnette in France.

James Godwin teaches a puppetry masterclass in New York City on May 24th.

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