SPRING, SUMMER & FALL 2018
Regional festivals are 3-day gatherings of puppeteers, offering performances, workshops, shared creativity and friendship – the perfect opportunity to meet puppeteers in your area of the country. Regional festivals are like national festivals, but with less of a commitment of time and finances.
Regionals are held during even numbered years and are organized within the eight regions of the organization, and produced by the Puppeteers of America.
Great Plains Puppet Train!
Sept. 13-16, 2018
Come to West Liberty, Iowa, located close to Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa and the internationally renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. West Liberty is an iconic small town, with an active main street and mid-western hospitality.
The Regional Festival will take place in various buildings downtown, all within a distance of about four to six blocks, including Owl Glass Puppetry Center, the New Strand Theatre (a 1910 opera house), the historic depot, a regional learning center, a Mexican restaurant, and the Methodist Church. The Festival will start Thursday evening with registration, finger foods, a show, and a party featuring Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Friday will include workshops, performances in our opera house, and a Puppet Slam. Saturday will feature the West Liberty Children’s Festival, complete with five puppet performances and lots of street food and activities. A street dance with a Mariachi Band, and finally a delicious catered dinner and another performance. Sunday: breakfast, one last show, and farewells to friends, old and new!
For more information, visit: greatplainspuppettrain.com
Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Festival
September 20-23, 2018, in Brattleboro, VT
The Puppeteers of America Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions are joining with the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival produced by Sandglass Theater for Puppet Homecoming 2018. Open to professionals, students, and puppetry enthusiasts, PH 2018 will be a 3-day weekend of workshops, shows, camaraderie, special events, and more.
This is the tenth edition of Sandglass Theater’s international festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. This year’s Festival, titled Opening Our Doors, September 18 – 23, 2018, is 6 days of performances that foster a spirit of inclusivity and are designed for both children and adults.
Pacific Southwest Puppet Fest 2018
Thank you to all that attended and made the festival a success!
Pacific Northwest Regional Festival
Southeast Regional Festival
June 28 – July 1, 2018, in Asheville, NC
The 2018 Puppeteers of America Southeast Regional Festival took place on the beautiful campus of Warren Wilson College, which is nestled in the mountains on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina.
The festival featured performances by puppeteers from across the country, in a wide variety of styles. In addition there was a Potpourri show and a Puppet Slam that were open to any registrant and open to the public.
Photos from the festival can be found on the Puppet Paradise page.