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Fiscal Sponsorship

If you are thinking about writing a grant, the Puppeteers of America can help! One of our membership perks is Fiscal Sponsorship. Individual artists who don't have non-profit status can apply to use PofA as their umbrella organization.

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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support Puppeteers of America in its mission to provide Knowledge, Inspiration, and Preservation in the Puppetry Arts.

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Upcoming events

    • August 02, 2024
    • August 03, 2024
    • Sonoma Community Center/Andrews Hall Theater, Sonoma, CA

    70th Anniversary Bay Area Puppet Festival

    It’s been seventy years since a small group of Bay Area puppeteers banded together for meetings, workshops and friendship. It’s time to celebrate and what better way than with a puppet festival filled with workshops, shows and more! Additional info will be coming, but pencil in Fri., Aug 2 and Sat. Aug 3 at the Sonoma Community Center.

    • August 08, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • August 11, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

    Puppet Paradise

    Come experience the ultimate puppetry retreat! Nestled in the beautiful blue ridge mountains of Western North Carolina, it is Puppet Paradise! The Southeast Regional Puppeteers of America Festival! Featuring an all star line up of some of the best puppeteers working today, workshops, potpourri, puppet slam, and more! Registration is now OPEN!! For more info, visit

    • August 14, 2024
    • (PDT)
    • August 17, 2024
    • (PDT)
    • Western Oregon University ​in Monmouth, Oregon

    Pacific Puppet Palooza

    The Pacific Puppet Palooza is a family friendly four day festival that provides to each participant: ​4 workshop sessions, 9 performances, 6 social events, 8 meals and countless encounters with puppeteers and puppetry fans from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. For more info, visit the event website.

    • August 15, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • August 18, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Minneapolis, MN
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    Embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of puppetry as we showcase the talents of our region's most delicious artists!
    From tantalizing performances to enriching workshops, the Minneapolis Puppetry Palate promises a feast for the senses and a banquet for the soul. 

    For all the juicy details, check out the festival website.

    Registration includes access to all festival performances and workshops, dinner on Thursday night, and a Sunday brunch. Lodging and additional meals will be left to the discretion of participants.

    Members: Don't forget to log in (top right) to unlock your discounted festival passes!

    In need of a scholarship? Submit your application HERE by July 31st!

    • November 01, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • November 03, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Ithaca Commons, Ithaca, NY


    Director: Homeslice (Eric Weiss)

    Artistic Directors: Lily Gershon & Matt Ocone

    Puppet Homecoming will take place in downtown Ithaca NY - highlighting some of the best puppetry in the region as well as showcasing local puppet talent. We will invite workshop teachers from the region to teach workshops in the morning, and in the afternoons, we will have public shows with family friendly themes. There will be repeat performances to accommodate all festival goers and the local community. In the evenings, we will have adult puppet shows, a Slam, and a Potpourri event. The festival will begin Friday, November 1st and close on Sunday, November 3rd, in the afternoon. We will also plan to have a Professional Day from Puppetry in Education and Therapy on Monday, November 4th. In addition, there will be a giant puppet parade led by Cheryl Capezzuti, a pop-up puppet market for our puppetry store, and a busking event throughout the commons. Our artistic director, Lily Gershon, envisions a celebration which brings together the local puppet community that they've been building in the Ithaca area and all the regional artists coming together. The goal is to foster the friendships and support systems that make the puppet community so unique and lovely, while seeing some fun, joyful, and dynamic shows.

    Puppet Homecoming Page
    • November 07, 2024
    • November 09, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550
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    Click here to download event flyer (PDF)

    Thursday evening features a dinner and drinks at a restaurant.

    All participants will be given a dinner, 1 drink, a puppet, and a book.

    Friday and Saturday sessions will be held at the Rosenberg Library with free admission for all.


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Thank you for your continued loyalty and support as a member of Puppeteers of America!

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Puppet Artist Shops

Are you looking for puppets, fun merch, books, puppet kits or other art? Visit our Puppet Artist Shops page for a wide range of products from talented puppeteers and artists!

Watch Membership Meeting

Thank you to all who attended the Annual Membership Meeting on Zoom! It was terrific to be reunited with so many members of our community. If you weren't able to attend, visit the PofA YouTube channel to watch the meeting!

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