Call for Proposals for Puppet Power 2018

Puppet Power 2018: Story

Conference on Applied Puppetry, Calgary, AB, Canada 

Exploring how Puppetry, entwined with Stories, can connect, empathize and make meaning of our world today. 

Conference dates May/early June 2018 – exact weekend dates TBA.
Venue TBA

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We want to hear your stories!


Do you perform provocative, moving, socially impactful stories that address the issues of our time?  Do you use puppetry arts to lead community-based projects that promote positive social change? Do you deliver workshops on puppetry that lead participants to self-realization; build community or impact in some other way?

We are inviting puppeteers and puppet theatres to propose a:

  • 90 minute Talk/Demo about your storied experiences and/or
  • 3 hour Hands-On workshop on a facet of puppetry i.e.: manipulation, shadow puppets
  • Deadline for proposals is August 15th, 2017.
  • Conference dates May/early June 2018 – exact weekend dates TBA.
  • We pay travel costs to Calgary, accom/food, and free conference registration and presenter fee.
  • Open to local, national or international proposals.
  • This is a conference – we are NOT looking for actual performances although you can talk about a performance.


Thematic Brainstorming: Crafting our Premise – Story writing: Step one 

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today” —Robert McKee
“A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference” – Dr Noble Farr
False news- Appropriation- Reconciliation
Fact is False and Story is True
Thomas King – “The Truth about Stories”
Night of the Tales – each of us has something to tell
Importance of Narrative -Forgotten Stories
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”  –Maya Angelou
“Danger of a Single Story” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The 100 Languages Reggio Emilia – story telling with talking, writing, drawing, painting, wire sculpture, clay modeling, dancing, acting
“Loose Parts” “Land stories”

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