WP Puppet Theatre, a not-for-profit charity, provides a variety of puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances for school age, youth and adult audiences. Based in Moh’kinstsis – Calgary, Alberta since 1991, we tour regionally and internationally, providing original programming and historically reaching over 4000 people annually.
Since 2020 we have expanded our in-person programs to address geographic, financial, social and functional accessibility. We now offer on-demand courses and on-demand performances. We also facilitate and present programs online, enjoying the potential to reach people across the globe.
- 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 festival on applied puppetry
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.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility
We are committed to policies and practices that support the purposeful inclusion of all people. We value the diversity of: racial and cultural identity and background, nationality, sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and its expression, religious background and belief, marital status, family structure, age, mental and physical health and ability, political perspective, and educational status.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge that we are based in Moh’kinstsis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
Using the power of puppetry to impact positive social change.
Our puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances inspire, challenge, empower, support expression and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants.
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.
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”.
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.”