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About

WP Puppet Theatre uses the power of puppetry to impact positive social change. Through our puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances we inspire, challenge, empower, support expression and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants. Based in Calgary, AB, in 1991 as a Not for Profit charity, we tour regionally and internationally, historically reaching over 4000 people annually.

Our programs

  • Production and performance of original puppet theatre for schools and communities
  • Online workshops that provide increased financial, geographic and social/functional accessibility
  • Wide range of face to face learning experiences in schools
  • Family Fun Pop Up workshops, both face to face and DIY, as well as other resources
  • VIEW from the Inside – a puppet infused program promoting positive mental health
  • Puppet power training for all helping professionals i.e.: teachers, social workers, and therapists
  • Support emerging puppetry artists by providing opportunities to showcase their craft
  • Produce ‘Puppet Power’ – biennial international conference/festival on applied puppetry


Courage Journey
Adopting a phrase that was used in our puppetry based, therapeutic activity workshops, we promote awareness and advocacy for mental health and wellness in all our programming.

 

Diversity Policy
We are committed to policies and actions supporting diversity, inclusion and equity. We welcome persons of any race, creed, colour, age, sex, religion or national origin to be part of our organization and programs.

Land Acknowledgment
In the spirit of reconciliation WP Puppet Theatre  acknowledges that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Vision
Using the power of puppetry to impact positive social change.

Mission
Our puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances inspire, challenge, empower, support expression and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants.

Values
WP Puppet Theatre Society (WPTS) values originality, adaptability, diversity, imagination, communication, curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, best practices and creativity. We believe puppets have a special role as representatives and that art has a responsibility and opportunity to mirror and shape reality. We experiment with the definition of ‘puppet art’ and showcase the potential of this medium valuing high aesthetics and inquiry and skills-based learning.

The Witches from childhood puppet days

Our Story
Once upon a time, two little girls named Wendy and Pam crawled into their attic to create puppets from popsicle sticks and cardboard, making epics with sock puppets. Inspired by these childhood memories, Founding and Artistic Director, Wendy Passmore-Godfrey BFA,  established WP Puppet Theatre Society (WPTS). Since incorporating our impact has been deep and wide. We have inspired a selective mute child to talk, prompted a teacher to say, “I loved the hands-on activity… I can’t wait to teach my students this!” and a reporter to write “Without her the puppets are lifeless rags on an empty stage. In her hands they dance, cry, discover and dream”.

Why Puppets?
Puppets speak an innovative language. They have long been a voice through which creative individuals have challenged authority and delivered powerful social messages. Puppets play a broad role in contemporary society. They provide a creative platform to express controversial and significant social issues and can help modern minds in their quest to find effective and unique ways of generating fresh ideas and working collaboratively. Puppets can be a catalyst for thought-provoking experience and conversations that lead to new ways of perceiving contemporary life and its many social and cultural challenges.

“When we perform, a wonderful bond is formed, as the audience collectively bring
the puppets ‘to life’ through their imaginations.”

 

Using the power of puppetry to impact social change.