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National Puppetry Festival

You are invited to join us next year at the University of Maryland for the 2023 National Puppetry Festival and academic symposium. Puppeteers, enthusiasts, educators, and friends will all be gathering to celebrate the puppetry arts and experience our first festival together in four years. The festival will focus on the theme of generations, honoring those that went before, celebrating those who are with us now, and encouraging those to come. All are welcome to attend.

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Apply to perform or present a workshop at the National Puppetry Festival

The National Puppetry Festival believes that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. We are part of a growing movement to ensure the inclusion of those who have been historically excluded, focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+ people, people from working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and womxn; We strongly encourage individuals with these identities to apply!

We invite you to participate and apply to the 66th National Puppetry Festival to be held at the University of Maryland, July 18-22 2023. Our Call for Submissions opened on May 25, 2022 and will accept applications until July 17, 2022, at 11:59p CT.

We are offering 15 main stage performances and over 100 workshops at the National Puppetry Festival and we are seeking extraordinary puppet artists to present performances and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our shared planet in the puppetry arts.


The 2023 Festival will offer multiple performance opportunities in a variety of locations including a proscenium theatre, an intimate black box venue, an outdoor amphitheater, street performances, and more! We are seeking both national and international artists ranging from traditional to experimental and everything in between. 

Follow this link to submit a performance proposal: Apply to Perform

Do you have questions or need application accommodation? Email The Artistic Committee


The 2023 Festival will offer workshops each morning from 9 am-12 pm. Each day will consist of two, 90-minute sessions. Successful workshops are those in which participants come away with a new or improved applicable skill, insight and/or inspiration. Workshops may be presented in multiple languages and topics may include but are not limited to:

-Puppet construction
-Construction technique (materials application, tools, processes, etc.)
-Design (puppets, sets, costumes, etc.)
-Performance techniques
-Sound and lighting production
-Show production

-Film making

-Social Media
-Teaching techniques

Follow this link to submit a performance proposal: Submit a Workshop Proposal

Do you have questions or need application accommodation? Email the Workshops Committee

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