SPRING, SUMMER & FALL 2018
Regional festivals are 3-day gatherings of puppeteers, offering performances, workshops, shared creativity and friendship-the perfect opportunity to meet puppeteers in your area of the country. Regional festivals are similar to national festivals but with less of a commitment of time and finances.
Regionals are held during even numbered years and they are organized within the eight regions of the organization and produced by the Puppeteers of America.
The “Pacific Southwest Puppet Fest 2018” will be held March 1-4, in Santa Barbara, California! It will run concurrently with the Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza festival, with exciting events spanning all 4 days!
We’re delighted to welcome the members of the Puppeteers of America to a PSW Region Reception on Thursday afternoon. We’ll also be hosting workshops on Friday and Saturday, and the LA Guild of Puppetry will hold a puppet slam. The Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza will present a variety of puppet shows, and other events, beginning Thursday evening, and culminating in a puppet parade on Sunday afternoon.
The PSW Region is looking forward to experiencing the beauty of Santa Barbara with our fellow puppeteers, with accommodations near the beach, and close to the rich history of colorful downtown.
Great Plains Puppet Train!
Sept. 13-16, 2018
Come to West Liberty, Iowa, located close to Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa and the internationally renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. West Liberty is an iconic small town, with an active main street and mid-western hospitality.
The Regional Festival will take place in various buildings downtown, all within a distance of about four to six blocks, including Owl Glass Puppetry Center, the New Strand Theatre (a 1910 opera house), the historic depot, a regional learning center, a Mexican restaurant, and the Methodist Church. The Festival will start Thursday evening with registration, finger foods, a show, and a party featuring Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Friday will include workshops, performances in our opera house, and a Puppet Slam. Saturday will feature the West Liberty Children’s Festival, complete with five puppet performances and lots of street food and activities. A street dance with a Mariachi Band, and finally a delicious catered dinner and another performance. Sunday: breakfast, one last show, and farewells to friends, old and new!
For more information, visit: greatplainspuppettrain.com
Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Festival
September 20-23, 2018, in Brattleboro, VT
The Puppeteers of America Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions are joining with the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival produced by Sandglass Theater for Puppet Homecoming 2018. Open to professionals, students, and puppetry enthusiasts, PH 2018 will be a 3-day weekend of workshops, shows, camaraderie, special events, and more.
This is the tenth edition of Sandglass Theater’s international festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. This year’s Festival, titled Opening Our Doors, September 18 – 23, 2018, is 6 days of performances that foster a spirit of inclusivity and are designed for both children and adults.
Pacific Northwest Regional Festival
June 1–3, 2018, in Calgary, Alberta
Puppet Power: Story will run June 1 – 3, 2018 at the University of Calgary features an engaging program of presenters and facilitators from around Canada and across the globe. This conference on Applied Puppetry will explore the transformative power that puppetry has to tell stories, to inspire dialogue and to make meaning of our world today.
Everyone is welcome to participate—learn and explore new ideas. Over the Friday evening and weekend the conference will bring together curious minds and community builders from a wide range of backgrounds and industries including teachers, artists, therapists, and facilitators.
Often regarded as of the finest examples of humanity presented on stage, puppetry helps us convey some of the most complex and thoughtful conversations in society, addressing topics like racism, sexism, gender identity, abuse and mental health.
We invite you to join the conversation and purchase an early-bird ticket to Puppet Power here.