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Become a PofA Member Today!

Puppeteers! It’s time to renew your annual membership with the Puppeteers of America! PofA is an amazing community with lots of great benefits including a fantastic journal, amazing festivals, and much more. Visit our new online membership cart (recently updated thanks to webmistress Z. Briggs!) to renew online in just a few quick steps. New for 2015: you can also sign up for automatic membership renewals, saving time and postage. Sweet! Thanks to PofA board member Kat Pleviak and Sea Beast Puppet Company, who made this hilarious video. We hope you’re inspired and will spread the word!

Steve Sleap

1.	Steve Sleap puppeteering Gizmo from Gremlins 2: The New Batch.  Photo by Bart Mixon

As an artist, you are fortunate if you find another artist who inspires you to take risks and to reach beyond the limits you set for yourself. I was fortunate to have a friend and mentor who was amazingly talented and generous about sharing his knowledge as well as being a blast to work with. Steve Sleap was this and more. This blog is a tribute to Steve, a brilliant artist and a great friend.  You might not know his name, but I’ll bet you know his work from Gremlins 2, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Captain EO, Gorillas In The Mist, and…

René Zendejas, Master Puppeteer, 1927 – 2014


The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry is very sorry to announce the passing of René Zendejas, a master puppeteer known around the world during his 75-year career.  Child actor, dancer, puppeteer and puppet craftsman, René was a powerful talent who has inspired so many others in our community and beyond.  He recently suffered a stroke and passed away this morning. Our deepest condolences to his partner Jon Buratti, his many friends and fans. We will share information about memorial events to honor René when details are finalized.