Wonderment at World Puppetry Day

Colorful fushia and pink poster for World Puppet Day event from Teatro SEA. Art of a colorful paper puppet of Frida, with large leaves, in a fushia luggage; "The Colors of Frida"

World Puppetry Day is this Sunday.

A marrionette drawing on a poster for World Puppet Day

Puppetry in America is older than the country itself, but until the beginning of the 20th century, puppet shows were rare. Puppeteers kept their art a closely guarded secret, certainly not shared with the public. In the first half of the 20th century, some puppeteers (most notably Tony Sarg) helped to lift the veil of secrecy, sharing information about their work, which led to the formation of the Puppeteers of America in 1937.

In an effort to strengthen recognition of puppetry as a global art form and to align activities with UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America has officially merged the National Day of Puppetry with World Puppetry Day, each March 21.

Today, almost three quarters of a century onward, puppets hold a place in the public’s heart that is rivaled by few other arts. They appear on stage, in movies, on television, and now, on the Internet. The Puppeteers of America is proud to present World Puppetry Day, taking place all over North America and brought to you by the local Puppeteers of America guild in your area.”

Puppeteers of America

Here are just a few events planned in honor of World Puppetry Day that you – and your children (for most) – can enjoy.

The Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (Teatro SEA), is NYC’s Premiere Bilingual Arts-in-Education & Latino Theatre for Young Audiences, dedicated to the empowerment and educational advancement of children and young adults, which is offering a special presentation of “The Colors of Frida” on their Facebook page. (Sunday, March 21st)

Colorful fushia and pink poster for World Puppet Day event from Teatro SEA. Art of a colorful paper puppet of Friday, with large leaves, in a fushia luggage; "The Colors of Frida"

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents Puppetzilla Puppet Slam – with a variety of types of puppetry (e.g. shadows, rod puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, cardboard). (Saturday, March 20th.)

Earth as a heart; With the words "Puppetzilla Puppet Slam" - A marrionette drawing on a poster for World Puppet Day

You can even attend a “Puppetry & Advocacy Panel hosted by the National Capital Puppetry Guild (March 21st)

And, a few days later, WP Puppet invites you to:

“Learn how to create basic paper shapes and some fun paper folding techniques, with artist facilitator Barb English. Once you have made all the pieces assemble them to create your Brilliant Idea Puppet!”(March 24th)

Colorful paper puppets on a poster for "Puppet Pop Up"; Blue background; Red and purple lettering