“Birds of a Feather…”
They say “birds of a feather flock together” and the 2019 National Puppetry Festival is a time for the community to flock together to acquire new knowledge, preserve puppetry arts, be inspired and invite the community to engage with the art. In this festival we will welcome over 1,000 people to Minneapolis to experience the range of expression in puppetry arts. Attendees will include professional puppeteers, teachers, librarians, therapists, professors, musicians, craftsman, technicians, enthusiastic fans and general audience. Our community is diverse spanning all ages, all races and ethnicities, all socio-economic classes and multiple languages. Everyone is welcome! All different birds coming together creating an eclectic flock.
The 2019 National Puppetry Festival will feature over 20 performances from national and international artists ranging from traditional to experimental. More than 50 workshops which will provide attendees with hands-on creation or physical skill development, as well as lively, interactive discussions, lectures and demonstrations. Other festival features include The Puppetry Store, Puppet Exhibit, Critical Exchange, Meet the Artists and Professional Day or Teaching Artists and Therapists.
The 2019 National Puppetry Festival staff is excited to share all we are planning with you. If you have questions, please reach out to us!
Kathleen Conroy, Festival Director
Justin Dupont, Assistant Festival Director/Registrar
Keith Shubert, Performance Committee Chair
Workshop Committee Chair
Stacey Gordon, Store Director
Beau Brown, SLAM Coordinator
Liz Schacterle, Fringe Producer
Anne Ulseth, Public Relations
Duane Tougas, Production Manager/Technical Director
John Bell & Claudia Orenstein, Critical Exchange