Academic Symposium

Since the founding of Puppeteers of America, the organization has demonstrated a deep commitment to puppetry in education. Dr Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin, who served as president of PofA, began teaching puppetry at Ohio State University in 1935. Through its publications, festival workshops, consultants, and committees PofA shares information and encourages puppetry in education.

Puppetry is an excellent tool for communication. We, as puppeteers, educators, and therapists can present concepts and facts, stories and feelings in diverse settings including; classrooms- from pre-school to high school, day care centers, libraries, hospitals, camps, museums, colleges, community centers, churches and senior centers.

A Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist workshop has been offered within the National Puppetry Festival in recent editions. In 2023 we are honoring the educational puppet conferences of our past and will be expanding our offering by presenting the Puppeteers of America Academic Symposium to be featured on Friday, July 21 2023.

Educators of all stripes are invited to attend a unique offering of informative workshops, panels, special programming, and performances with afternoon and evening keynotes presented by the Puppetry in Education and Therapy Committee of Puppeteers of America.

Those seeking a fully immersive experience are welcome to join us with full festival registration. An educational track of workshops and activities are programmed throughout the entire festival.

Those who wish to attend on Symposium Day will find tickets and a full schedule announced in January of 2023.

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