National Festival 2015

2001 National Puppetry Festival, Tampa, FL; Photo by Paul Eide

Are you interested in puppetry? Imagine seeing  puppet shows you have read about on the web, in magazines and books. All that creativity, knowledge, information and history suddenly becomes real. Puppeteers of all kinds, from all disciplines, from all over the country and beyond gather for performances, workshops, shared inspiration and friendship. The most eclectic, focused, energizing  puppetry meetup you can conceive.  That’s a puppet festival.

Meet people who do what you do, love what you love. Meet people who get you, and your passion for puppetry. Puppet festivals are inspiration and imagination  brought to life.  Creativity is shared. Bonds are made, and friendships forged that will last beyond the festival.  You will be changed, and your puppetry will grow.


The Puppeteers of America Board of Trustees have officially approved the University of Connecticut as the site of the 2015 National Puppet Festival.

The festival will take place August 9 – 16, 2015 in multiple venues across the Storrs, CT campus. Bart P. Roccoberton, Jr. will serve as festival director. Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer for Sesame Street’s Big Bird, will serve as the festival’s honorary Grande Maestro. John Bell will serve as artistic director, Paul Spirito as workshop director, and Margarita Blush as festival liaison.

The festival will include performances, workshops, exhibits, scholarly presentations, and numerous community activities. It will also kick off a year of celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the UConn Puppet Arts program.

Applications for performers and workshop leaders are now being accepted for the 2015 National Puppetry Festival at the University of Connecticut.
Those chosen to perform at the 2015 National Puppetry Festival will receive full festival registration, and room and board for up to four people. Performance fees and travel stipends will be offered based upon available funding.

Those chosen to lead workshops will receive $150/ 1.5 hour workshop session. Multi-session workshops may also be proposed and compensation will be allocated accordingly.

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2014. Notifications of selected performers and workshop leaders will be made by August 2014.

If you have questions about the application or experience challenges with this form, please contact

Participant Registration will begin in January of 2015.

Interested in getting involved in festival planning? Contact Puppeteers of America Executive Director Cheryl Maloney at