Puppeteers of America

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About PofA

Puppeteers of America is a national non-profit organization founded in 1937 to provide information, encourage performances, and build a community of people who celebrate puppet theatre.

Puppeteers of America has produced over 160 national and regional festivals to celebrate and share the art of puppetry. The organization publishes the quarterly magazine, The Puppetry Journal. Founded in 1949, The Puppetry Journal provides a continuing chronicle of contemporary puppetry.

We are proud that so many greats in the field like Jim Henson, Bil Baird, and Burr Tillstrom were active members providing leadership, advice and inspiration. We invite you to explore our website, learn more about this incredible art form, check out the benefits of membership, and join Puppeteers of America today.

Board of Directors

Every year members of Puppeteers of America have the opportunity to vote for three Board Members. Nine Board of Directors have the responsibility, along with Appointed Officers, to direct all policies and business of Puppeteers of America Inc. Every year after the new Board Members are elected, the nine Board of Directors choose one member to be President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Board of Directors meet during the summer at a festival for the annual membership meeting, and they meet during the year by telephone conference call. Each year the Board of Directors approve a projected budget for the organization and approve budgets and staff for all national and regional festivals. The Board of Directors also approve the choice of all Appointed Officers.

PRESIDENT

Aretta Baumgartner
Atlanta, GA
Southeast Region

TERM
2016-2019
2019-2022

VICE PRESIDENT

Alex U. Griffin
Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Southwest Region

TERM
2016-2019
2019-2022

SECRETARY

Lyssa Troemel
Fort Wayne, IN
Great Lakes Region

TERM
2020-2023
may run again

TREASURER

Dustin Curtis
Seattle, WA
Pacific Northwest Region

TERM
2017-2020
2020-2023

BOARD MEMBER

Stacey Gordon
Phoenix, AZ
Pacific Southwest Region

TERM
2018-2021
may run again

BOARD MEMBER

Ken Martinson
Nashville, TN
Southeast Region

TERM
2016-2019
2019-2022

BOARD MEMBER

Sharon Murphy Boski
Colchester, CT
Northeast Region

TERM
2018-2021
may run again

BOARD MEMBER

Edna Bland
Sanford, FL
Southeast Region

TERM
2020-2023
may run again

BOARD MEMBER

Liz Joyce
Sag Harbor, NY
Northeast Region

TERM
2020-2023
may run again

BOARD MEMBER

Clarissa Lega
Centerville, TN
Southeast Region

TERM
2015-2018
2018-2021

BOARD MEMBER

Katy Williams
Denver, CO
Great Plains Region

TERM
2020-2023
may run again

Appointed Officers

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Karly Bergmann
office@puppeteers.org

PUPPETRY JOURNAL, EDITOR
Steve Abrams
journal@puppeteers.org

BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Anna Vargas

ENDOWMENT FUND CHAIR
Monica Leo

INSURANCE
Randy Scheive
C/O Puppeteers of America
Paczolt Insurance Alliance

MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Paul Robinson
membership@puppeteers.org

Commitees/Task Forces

  • Archives (Contact: Karly Bergman)
  • Audiovisual (Contact: Alex Griffin)
  • Awards (Chair: Brian Hull)
  • Communications (Contact: Stacey Gordon)
  • Development (Contact: Clarissa Lega)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Task Force (Co-Chairs: Edna Bland and Katie Campbell)
  • Festivals (Chair: Dustin Curtis)
  • Nominations (Chair: Paul Robinson)
  • Puppetry in Education and Therapy (Chair: Michael Vetere)
  • Scholarships (Chair: Kat Pleviak)

For more information on how to become involved in any of these committees/task forces, please contact office@puppeteers.org.

Puppeteers of America
310 East 38th St, Suite 127
Minneapolis, MN 55409

612-821-2382
office@puppeteers.org