Puppet Power 2022

Puppet Power Logo with each letter in "Puppet" on a string like a marionette



Puppet Power 2018 Puppet stage


“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions. Source: The Wisdom of Heschel”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel


Our current working theme for Puppet Power 2022 is Celebration.  As we consider this theme in the context of events and challenges we have recently faced both as individuals and as a collective, we wanted to ask:

What are you looking forward to celebrating as the world opens up and we can gather again?

What is the difference between celebration and entertainment?

How has puppetry contributed to the ritual, cultural or commerce of celebration?

What about anti-celebration?

How do we celebrate?

What do we choose to celebrate?

Who is celebrating and who is not?

How has puppetry helped define what celebration is?

 Puppet Power 2022 will be a hybrid online/in-person event.



Submit a proposal for Puppet Power 2022. The proposal can be for a workshop, performance, talk or demonstration for Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas. Apply by October 31, 2021.

Puppet Power Festival of Ideas: Call for Proposals in rainbow



Person having fun smiling with puppets
(Photo by Jenn Pierce/www.jenn-pierce.com)

Funding Applications Jan 2021 – Dec 2021

Call for Proposals – Prospective Presenters: Spring 2021 to October 31, 2021

Call for Proposals Close – Presenters Selected: Fall 2021

Presenter Line-Up – Announce Winter 2021/2022

Ticket Sales Open: Feb 2022

World Puppetry Day: March 2022

Puppet Power 2022: Spring 2022

About Puppet Power

Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of W.P. Puppet Theatre served on the Puppeteers of America Board of Directors for 5 years and identified a real need for Professional Development for Applied Puppetry in Western Canada.

W.P. Puppet Theatre values originality and imagination and believes puppets have a special role as proxies 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.

Puppet Power supports our mission by exploring the theory and practice of how puppetry arts promote positive social change. It provides inspiration, modelling, peer mentorship and alliance-building, as well as hands-on training in all facets of using puppets.

Person smiling with arms wide at Puppet Power Event

Produced biennially since 1999, our event draws between 100 – 200 local, national, and international attendees from three demographics:

  • Helping Professionals i.e. teachers, social workers, therapists, health care workers who use or are interested in using puppetry in their practices.
  • Artists looking for professional development, ideas, other ways to extend their practice, and make connections.
  • Thought Leaders, Idea Generators, and Students who contribute to and are interested in current events and social issues of our time.

This special event features local, Canadian, and international master puppeteers presenting inspiring talks, practical how-to workshops, and/or puppetry-based performances over the weekend. Panelists discuss intriguing ideas, peers mentor peers, and a community is created that calls for action on a different social issue theme each year.

Attending puppet artists have opportunities to expand or deepen their practice as they network with general attendees and/or meet/share ideas with the master presenters.

Previous themes have included existentialism, multiculturalism & diversity, literacy, therapy, social action, and intergenerational communities.

4 people gathered around a table with small puppets looking enaged in the activity
WP Puppet Power The Fearless Face of Puppetry 2013 on Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013. — Jenn Sieppert