The City of Calgary has joined other cities around the world proclaiming this coming Wednesday, World Puppetry Day. The charge to proclaim a civic-wide day to celebrate puppetry was led by WP Puppet Theatre. Wendy Passmore-Godfrey started WP in Calgary over 25 years ago and she’s devoted her career to puppetry and this event helps in the … Continue reading Interview with Artistic Director on CBC’s Daybreak Alberta
The City of Calgary has joined with other cities around the globe to proclaim and celebrate World Puppetry Day, March 21st. Mayor Naheed Nenshi signed the proclamation that cites World Puppetry Day as a day to “spark curiosity, promote understanding about the world we live in and inspire audiences to embrace the art of puppetry.” … Continue reading Calgary Proclaims March 21st World Puppetry Day!
WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Power Conference, June 1-3, in Calgary is thrilled to welcome puppeteer Sonia Norris. Sonia will present the talk, (Re)animating Communities with Inanimate Objects: Handspring Puppet Company’s Community Puppetry Project in Western Cape, South Africa and discuss the power of storytelling in a community suffering the impact of historical marginalization. Through … Continue reading Conference explores how puppetry can transform lives and (re)animate communities torn apart by Apartheid in South Africa
As an audience, there are certain assumptions and conventions that come into play when we view a movie, a play, and to an even greater extent – a puppet show. Audiences are complicit in accepting a metaphorical barrier of engagement that sits between themselves and the performers. For Pia Banzhaf, how audiences understand and view … Continue reading Puppet Conference explores the psychological relationship between audience and puppets
Sometimes, even the humblest of puppets can be among the most effective voices of strength during the worst of times. For Philippine puppeteer, Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, puppetry was her tool for helping her country rebuild and recover after the disastrous typhoon hit her country in 2013. She’ll tell audiences how in her talk, Promoting Resilience through … Continue reading Learn how Puppetry Promotes Resilience after a Natural Disaster at the Puppet Power Conference
Have you ever wondered — how does a particular puppet sleep, or wake-up? For that matter, how do puppets become aware of their limitations, react to stimuli, project emotions, breathe, wait, or die? Can a puppet escape its puppeteers? Puppeteer Andrew Periale has spent a great deal of time focusing on just these types of … Continue reading Walking Through Walls with Puppetry at the Puppet Power Conference
Puppet Pop-Up Studio: Family Finger Puppets Sat Feb 17, 1-3pm St. Matthew’s United Church, 2035 26a St SW Tickets $5-$35 > click for tickets Ages 4+ (children must participate with an adult) Let’s celebrate Families! Families that come in all sizes, shapes and colours and feathers, fur and buttons and trim! Make your own finger … Continue reading Celebrate Family Day Weekend by Creating your own Family of Finger Puppets at Puppet Pop-Up Studio
We are excited to welcome Emma Fisher (Ireland) and Ivan Owen (USA) as presenters to our upcoming Puppet Power 2018 Conference. Emma Fisher is currently in the final stages of her PhD in Puppetry at the University of Limerick. Her research explores unconventionally constructed puppets that reflect the disabled body and looks at the history … Continue reading Puppeteers Explore Big Issues from Disability to Digital Fabrication in Conference Presentation
Mental health affects everyone regardless of age, education, income or culture. The past impact of our VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: COURAGE JOURNEY workshop has compelled WPTS to find ways to expand to serve two specific populations – vulnerable seniors and at risk youth. We are excited to announce The Calgary Foundation and Education Matters support … Continue reading ‘VIEW’ WORKSHOPS WITH VULNERABLE SENIORS
We are excited to confirm Ann Powell and David Powell as presenters to our upcoming Puppet Power 2018 Conference. Ann and David founded Puppetmongers (Toronto) in 1974, an internationally recognized leader and innovator in the field of puppetry. They have created a dozen new plays for both young and general audiences, which have earned them … Continue reading Ann Powell & David Powell to Puppet Power: 2018 Conference!