Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Totally Patsy May Edition

Patsy May - see above posing with British TV host Phillip Schofield - has become a popular puppet character in Britain thanks to lively appearances on Britain's Got Talent; see the story below for more (photo via Phillip Schofield's Twitter feed).

Australia & New Zealand

The work of Mr. Squiggle creator Norman Hetherington was celebrated with a Google Doodle last week.

Asia

The Iranian show The Three Piglets is one of many international performances featured at the 1st Asia-Pacific International Puppetry Festival in Nanchong this week.

A quick glimpse at the Guangxi Puppet Troupe performing in rural China.

Pili are planning to release the world’s first 3D puppet film in 2015.

New Taipei City’s Glove Puppet Exhibition Hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Europe

Laura Bacon talks about what’s next for popular puppet Patsy May after not making the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Likewise, Polish puppeteer Kony was also eliminated from the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals.

The 7th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade takes place in West Yorkshire, England on June 8th.

A quick preview of this summer’s Further Drachenstich pageant in Bavaria (link goes to a German language video).

One of the great Catalan glove puppeteers, Sebastià Vergés, has sadly passed away (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

The International Puppet Festival in Minsk took place May 15th – 18th.

Latin America & The Caribbean

Mexico City’s 3rd Annual Paper Theatre Festival begins this weekend (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

A chat with Famous People Players founder Diane Dupuy as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Belated congratulations to Rob Bennet, the winner of the first season of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

More screenings of I Am Big Bird have been announced in the United States.

A look at Puppet Slams coming this month across America.

Paul Andrejco talks about puppets and Puppet Heap.

Pontine Theatre presents the first annual Portsmouth Puppetry Festival in New Hampshire June 14th – 15th.

An interview with David Stephens from All Hands Productions’ recent visit to Charleston, North Carolina.

The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts a “Puppetry vs. Animation Smackdown” in Atlanta June 14th.

A profile of Florida puppeteer Daniel Ballard.

Britt Juchem and Ariel Gregory are keeping puppetry alive in Montana.

Lewis Mahlmann’s private collection was sold at an estate sale in Oakland, California this weekend.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is looking for a Production and Technical Officer in Fremantle, Western Australia.

London’s Fit to Burst is seeking a maker/scenographer/puppet and mask designer for an upcoming show.

Also in London, The Little Angel Theatre is currently hiring a Marketing and Communications Officer.

New York City’s Teatro SEA is hiring an Assistant Director of Development.

Calls for Entry

The Jim Henson Foundation’s 2014 Puppets on Film Festival is now accepting puppet film submissions.

Applications are now being accepted from Ventriloquists for the Clinton Detweiler Scholarship.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Puppet Place will host a free seminar on The Craft of Bunraku Puppetry in Bristol, England on June 26th.

BJ Guyer teaches hand puppet design and fabrication in a series of live, online webinars for the Stan Winston School beginning June 7th.

You can learn foam and fur puppet construction techniques with Alexander Mergold in Toronto on Sundays June 8th – 29th.

Paul McGinnis teaches an eight week puppetry for film, TV and video class in New York City beginning June 10th.

The new Chicago Free Puppet Lab is offering free puppetry training to professional artists.

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