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.

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A CONFERENCE FOR anyone who wants to put an idea into the world: helping professionals, educators, therapists, artists, activists, idea generators and thought leaders.

International and local speakers (TBA) share their stories and expertise:

  • Hands-on workshops will teach practical skills for telling, hearing and interpreting stories using the art of puppetry.
  • Keynotes and talks will show the power of story through puppetry in healing, reconciliation, community building and much more.
  • Exhibits, Panels and Puppet shows will provide artful and fun examples of puppetry’s strength for storytelling and building.
  • Come away with enthusiasm, expertise and lots of ideas! Meet mentors and peers; share your own stories, make friends and network at this friendly event.


Past conference participants said:
“The presenters captivated the audience through stories of surmounted barriers and unforeseen social transformations and illustrated the important of play for the human soul.”

“My primary ah ha was hearing that puppetry is simply animating the inanimate. Meaning anything can be a puppet, in the right hands. That concept has truly opened up some interesting possibilities for me.”


We want to hear your stories!


Do you perform provocative, moving, socially impactful stories that address the issues of our time?  Do 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?  > click for more information or to apply


The Puppet Power Conference Series 

The PUPPET POWER conference explores the theory and practice of how puppetry arts promote positive social change. It provides inspiration, modeling, peer mentorship and alliance- building as well as hands-on training in all facets of using puppets.

Produced biennially by W.P. Puppet Theatre Society since 1999, conference themes have included, multiculturalism and diversity, literacy, therapy, social action, intergenerational communities. Past international keynote speakers include Carrie Marshall – Scotland, Judith O’Hare – Boston, Gary Friedman – Australia and Martin Robinson from Sesame International, New York. Many local, national, emerging and professional presenters have also been part of Puppet Power.  The two-day conference draws around one hundred, local and national attendees, from three demographics: Helping Professionals i.e.: teachers, social workers, therapists, health care; Artists looking to extend their practice by making connections; and Thought leaders, idea generators and students.