Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: International Opportunities Edition

A look at the famous Marionette Theatre in Prague, just one of the many cities hosting puppetry opportunities this year (photo credit: Steve Collis, used under a Creative Commons CC-BY license).

Asia

The Ishara International Puppet Festival is underway in India.

A local report from last weekend’s massive Giant Puppet Parade in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

An unusually large white stone carved traditional shadow puppet figures has been recently discovered in Indonesia.

Vietnam’s  National Puppetry Theatre is finding international success by merging Vietnamese puppetry traditions with traditional Western tales.

Australia & New Zealand

A first look at the giant Statue of Liberty that the Creature Technology Company is building for Broadway.

Europe

Filming has begun on Furchester Hotel, Sesame Workshop’s new UK series.

The Little Angel Theatre’s Firsts puppetry festival begins March 11th in London, England.

Sunday’s closing ceremonies for the Sochi Olympics featured a giant animatronic bear.

North America

A look back at the history of Fraggle Rock in Toronto’s famous Yorkville neighbourhood.

Jim Henson biographer Brian Jay Jones shares his memories of Jim’s youngest son, John Henson.

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry celebrates the opening of their new home in the Storrs Center in Storrs, Connecticut next weekend.

Some local recognition for The Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s monthly puppet slams. The next instalment takes place in Phoenix, Arizona March 7-8th.

A brief interview with Portland-area puppet builder Matthew Hopkins about his blossoming puppetry career.

Terry Fator shares an exclusive clip from the new DVD Terry Fator: Live in Concert.

The original Muppet Movie soundtrack will be re-released on Vinyl for Record Store Day.

International Auditions & Job Opportunities

Avenue Q in Toronto, Canada is currently seeking puppeteers.

Puppeteers are needed on the set of the Goosebumps movie that’s currently filming in Atlanta, Georgia.

International Calls for Entry

There are several ways to participate in the International Puppetry Festival in Nairobi, Kenya this November.

The Bristol Festival of Nature is looking for Space and Astronomy themed walkabout acts to perform during their festival. Performance pieces requiring a static position may also be considered. Contact Puppet Place in Bristol, England for more information.

The Little Angel Theatre and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are now accepting applications from puppetry comapanies looking develop new work as part of Incubate 2014 in London, England.

Applications are also now being accepted from puppeteers seeking to perform at the 2015 Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes in Charleville-Meziere, France (link goes to a French language web site).

In Cali, Columbia Festival de Teatro de Titeres Ruquita Velasco is accepting performance proposals until March 30th (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Also accepting performance proposals is Titereando in Basque Country, Spain (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Venezuela’s Bengal International Puppet Festival is currently seeking puppet shows for children and young audiences (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Little Angel Theatre is offering a Voice and the Puppeteer Masterclass with Jacquie Crago in London, England on March 30th.

Learn how to carve and make a traditional Czech skeleton marionette with Puppets in Prague April 5th-13th.

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