In Fort Lauderdale, a wonderful, fantastic, exciting puppet exhibit, Les Marionnettes du Monde: Puppets of the World, opened on Saturday February 3, 2018. The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book has partnered with the Pellone/Barrett Puppet Collection and the Puppet Guild of South Florida to present a unique look at puppets from all over the world.
Location: Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, Broward County Main Library, 6th Floor – 100 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
The Pellone/Barrett Puppet Collection represents nearly 20 years of collecting resulting in a representative sampling of puppets from around the world. The exhibit includes Bamana puppets from Mali, marionettes from Sri Lanka and other Asian puppets, Mexican Sierra Puebla Puppets, Punch and Judy characters.
Applications are now being accepted through March 2nd for the O’Neil 2018 Puppetry Conference. Pre-conference intensives are June 9-17, and the conference itself is June 9-17, at the Eugene O’Neil Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. This is a high intensity conference for serious artists looking to take their craft to the next level.
There are several Puppeteers of America Regional Festivals this year, and it’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to attend. The current list with dates, locations, and links is provided below. While none are terribly close to the southeast, the Great Plains and Puppet Homecoming festivals aren’t too far off (Sorry, no indication yet as to whether or not there will be a Southeast Regional this year.)
The master list with more details can be found on the Puppeteers of America website.
In conjunction with the Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza Festival
March 1-4 : Santa Barbara, California
WP Puppet Theatre’s biennial Conference on Applied Puppetry
June 1-3 : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
September 13-16 : West Liberty, Iowa
In conjunction with Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival
September 20-23 : Brattleboro, Vermont