Since 1937 Puppeteers have proudly been members of this organization. You could be too!
Don’t want to do it online? No problem! Mail in your membership dues by downloading the printable PDF form here. There are many benefits that come with a membership to Puppeteers of America. As a member you will have access to:
- The magazine of Puppeteers of America apears four times a year. Each issue contains photographs and articles covering all aspects of puppet theater. A full-color photo Gallery features the work of PofA members. Entertaining and newsworthy articles about puppeteers, puppet theatres, exhibitions, touring companies, technical tips, new books, films, television, and puppet festivals, help to keep the membership informed.
- The Membership Directory and Handbook provides an historical perspective on the Puppeteers of America organization and outlines the many services available to its members. Several list include officer and members’ contact information, Guild information and Consultant contact information. Puppet Places is a compilation of puppet theaters around the country.
- Very often performers are required to carry liability insurance. Members may purchase a million dollars of liability coverage at a very nominal annual cost through the Puppeteers of America. This service is only for members of Puppeteers of America.
- In August 2012, the insurance agents that offer liability insurance to PofA members introduced three health care options especially designed for members. It is not a major medical health plan but it does provide catastrophic and some level of coverage for most of the health issues that happen in a typical family.
- The National Festivals, sponsored by the Puppeteers of America, are intensive, week-long conferences held every other year in a different region of the country.
- Regional Festivals conducted in alternate years are usually hosted by local Guilds and are of shorter duration. There may be several regional festivals happening around the country in any given year.
- Puppet theatre productions of many styles are performed by award winning artists and newly discovered talent. Late evening events provide a venue for anyone to show brief performance pieces. All are welcome.
- Festivals typically feature workshops on all aspects of puppetry, exhibits of contemporary and historic puppets, and a puppetry store.
- The highlight for many puppeteers is the opportunity to reunite with old friends, make new friends and network.
- Members of the Puppeteers of America enjoy a discounted registration to all puppetry festivals.
SCHOLARSHIPS & ENDOWMENT GRANTS
- The Puppeteers of America offers two scholarships that cover registration at National Puppetry Festivals to assist those members who might otherwise not be able to attend.
- The Emma Louise Warfield Memorial Fund provides assistance to adult members.
- The Mike & Frances Oznowicz Youth Scholarship was created to help our younger members to attend a festival.
- The fund was established in 1975 to honor Rufus Rose and is available to all members. Members are eligible to apply for small project grants. Awards range from $100 – $1,000 and are made every two years at the National Festival.
- The Puppeteers of America Audiovisual Library was established as a resource center and archive for the recorded history of puppets. The archive collection is now at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, suite 101B University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06268. The curator is John Bell. To view the collection contact program assistant, Emily Wicks. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Puppetry Store
- The Puppetry Store was closed in July 2013. From 1956 into the internet age it served as a splendid single source for books, videos and instructional materials on puppetry. It is time to re-imagine a service for the 21st Century.
- Over 30 working puppeteers and experts in different aspects of the art are available to offer assistance to members.