INSPIRATION, CREATIVITY, ASTONISHMENT!
Puppet Festivals are ideas made real. Imagination brought to life. Creativity shared. Bonds made and friendships forged. You will be changed and your puppetry will grow.
The National Puppetry Festival 2017 brings together nearly 400 puppet artists of all kinds, from all disciplines, from all over the country and around the world for outstanding workshops, performances, exhibits and people.
Puppeteers will gather to hone their skills and practice their art. The 2017 workshop program has an emphasis on the advanced professional, while also providing a wide variety of rigorous learning opportunities for the beginning and intermediate puppeteer. Intensive workshops will focus on hands-on creation and physical skill development, as well as lively, interactive discussions, lectures and demonstrations.
Intensive Workshops, which take place Monday July 17 and Tuesday July 18, are separate from the regular festival workshops and entail an additional fee. They are presented by leading American puppet artists and allow the participant to explore a topic in more depth. Ed and Ines Bass, Greg Ballora, Alex U. Griffin, Sea Beast Puppetry. You do not need to be registered as a Festival attendee to participate in an Intensive workshop. The Pre-Festival Intensive fee is $150 (meal and lodging NOT included).
The Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist (PDTAT) is also planned for Tuesday, July 18th, with related workshops continuing into the festival week
The nation’s leading puppet artists will offer more than 60 distinctive performances (many open to the public) showcasing Traditional, Global, Alternative, Outrageous, Political and Unusual Art that challenge notions about the Puppet.
In addition, Festival 2017 will feature the National Puppet Slam, Fringe, the Reel Puppetry Film Festival and the celebration of Puppeteers of America’s 80th Birthday with pageantry and busking on the quad! Need more be said? Of course, there’s more!
PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering for BOTH the Festival and Professional Day (PDTAT), sign up for Festival below and sign up for Professional Day (PDTAT) on the Meal Plan and Other Items page.
If you are signing up for an Intensive workshop, sign up or sign in below (if you already have a registration), and sign up for the workshop on the Meal Plan and Other Items page. If you are staying on campus, you will need to add additional night room reservations.
On the PROFILE page:
If you would like to share a room with another Festival friend, please list the name(s). We will make every attempt to honor your roommate requests.
On the LODGING page:
If you plan on staying at one of the hotels, please click "I do not need accommodations" button at the top of the page.
For information to contact the hotels, click on "More Information" to the right of the hotel name.
In selecting Concordia University, and clicking on ROOM TYPE, click on one of the options in the drop-down menu. Room type descriptions and pricing is lower on the page.
You will also need additional lodging to your registration if you plan on attending the Professional Day or signing up for an Intensive workshop. For attending Professional Day for Teaching Artists and Therapists, you will want to have lodging for Monday, July 17. For attending an Intensive workshop starting on Monday, July 17, you will want to have lodging for Sunday and Monday.
The MEAL PLAN page:
Here you will add the meal plan. If you are attending the Professional Day for Teaching Artists and Therapists you will also want to add the PDTAT Meal Plan.