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, in 1991 Founding and Artistic Director, Wendy Passmore-Godfrey BFA, established WP Puppet Theatre Society as a charitable, not-for-profit society based in Calgary, Alberta.
WP Puppet Theatre’s impact since incorporating 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.
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.
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.
We are committed to a policy of diversity and welcome persons of any race, creed, colour, age, sex, religion or national origin to be part of our programs.
“When we perform, a wonderful bond is formed, as the audience collectively bring the puppets ‘to life’ through their imaginations.”