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June 10–16

Pre Conference : June 2–7

The National Puppetry Conference provides a crucial meeting and creating ground for master artisans to pass their craft and ingenuity to new artists in the field of puppetry. Each June, participants gather from across the globe to create works that defy the bounds of contemporary theater and the imagination. Puppet artists participate in workshops, rehearsals, master classes, and individual critique sessions over the 12-day conference. In the spirit of founding members Jane Henson; George Latshaw; Richard Termine; Bobbi Nidzgorski; Bart P. Roccoberton, Jr.; and Jim and Margo Rose, the Conference remains dedicated to creating a nurturing and supportive environment for artists to explore performance styles, develop new works of puppetry, and discover innovative techniques and projects that expand the boundaries of puppetry in performance.

Puppetry Performance

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 | 7:00PM


Dina Merrill Theater and Rose Barn Theater

The Conference concludes in the beautiful Dina Merrill Theater and Rose Barn Theater with two public performances of an extraordinary mix of devised work from throughout the Conference, featuring guest artists, artists-in-residence, and a vast array of performance styles.

Member pre-sale begins May 20th at 10am. Public on-sale begins on May 28th at 10am.


Available On Demand

Andrew Kim

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Andrew Kim creates touring giant puppets and street theatre acts, builds puppets for commissions, and leads giant puppet making masterclasses around the world. Andrew was born in Korea and raised in the USA where he trained in puppetry with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (Minneapolis) and Bread and Puppet (Vermont). He moved to the UK in 2006 where he and his wife started Thingumajig Theatre creating puppetry inspired by US puppet pageantry fused with British outdoor arts: a mix of European street theatre, folk traditions, Caribbean Carnival and the legacy of Welfare State International. He is also the founder and former director of Handmade Parade. Andrew has created and performed puppets and performances for over 30 years in 21 countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America, in several television shows and a Disney feature film. Thingumajig Theatre is the recipient of a UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence.

Member pre-sale begins May 20th at 10am. Public on-sale begins on May 28th at 10am.

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