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.
Proposals for performances and workshops will be accepted beginning in January 2014. Registration will begin in January 2015. More information will be available on the Puppeteers of America website: www.puppeteers.org.
Interested in getting involved in festival planning? Contact Puppeteers of America Executive Director Cheryl Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.