Virtual Festival Program

New to 2023 is our virtual National Puppetry Festival.

Puppeteers of America will produce a program of unique webinars, broadcasts from highlighted workshops, panels, and many of our festival performances. We seek to address health, economic, and geographic inequities that may prevent puppet fans from participating in our main festival.

  • Performance broadcasts are not staged for virtual streaming. This means the camera may be static in response to movement or other production elements.
  • The schedule is under development. We will list what will not be part of the virtual but may continue to add programming as producing partners respond. The agenda below will be updated on a continual basis.

Webinar Masterclasses

Thursday July 20th 11:00am

Overcoming Adversity: Building a Business in Puppetry

Aran de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Pro Puppet Makers, a leader in puppet and practical
effects design both on screen and stage. Aran is a L.A. born Latino Puppet Designer, he has designed
for Disney Concerts, Pixar, and Dreamworks, among others. Most recently his designs have been
featured on Disney+ in both Encanto Live and Coco Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He has worked on
multiple shows for ABC, FOX, Netflix, Logo, and HBO, along with several commercials and music
videos. Åran works with his team of artists out of his workshop in Southern California, who continue to
strive to bring innovation and novelty to productions worldwide.

Puppeteers of America
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