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Livestreams Happening Today

Bringing together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas

The 2022 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and The School of the Art Institute Chicago present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 22 January and Saturday 29 January 2022.

Pitfalls of Representation: Assemblies in Theatre

NTGent presents School of Resistance, Pitfalls of Representation: Assemblies in Theatre livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday January 29 2022 at 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 19:00 CET (Ghent, UTC +1).

Event streams later today at listed time.

What's New

A puppet booth with two puppets in the window.
The Brutalities of Mr. Punch
Essay

The Brutalities of Mr. Punch

27 January 2022

Leda Farrow considers the history, legacy, and symbolic potential of Mr. Punch, a hand puppet characterized by his violent acts.

Several performers with large puppets standing in a field.
Ground Lessons: Performing with the Potato People at Bread and Puppet
Essay

Ground Lessons: Performing with the Potato People at Bread and Puppet

26 January 2022

Denise Rogers Valenzuela shares the way that learning to perform improvised crowd scenes with large, flat puppets—called naked population puppets or potato people—encourages an embodied practice that resists individualism.

Several people sitting in a field watching a puppet show.
Bringing Trouble: An Account of a Travelling Bicycle Puppet Show
Essay

Bringing Trouble: An Account of a Travelling Bicycle Puppet Show

25 January 2022

In 2021, Ian McFarlane and Laura Stinson of North Barn Theatre launched into a bicycle tour that brought a puppet circus to rural communities across Nova Scotia. They discuss the creation and performance of their show, which joyously embraced troublemaking as a path to activism.

Upcoming Livestreams

Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work event poster.
Livestreaming a Workshop: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work
Video

Livestreaming a Workshop: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work

A Playwriting Masterclass

Monday 31 January 2022
United States

The Public Theater in New York City presents Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work — a playwrighting masterclass — livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 31 January 2022 at 12 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 1 p.m. AKST (Juneau, UTC -9) / 2 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 4 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 5 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 22:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 23:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

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Comedy Carnaval 2022
Event

Comedy Carnaval 2022

June 9-11, 2022
Denver, Colorado

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Hybrid Comedy Carnaval will present a broad range of Latinx comedy content and conversations. Programming will highlight artistic voices and content creators who practice comedic arts through theatre, stand-up, sketch, improv, podcasts, and webseries.

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