Puppet Homecoming 2018 | Wit’s Finish Puppets

In September, Wit’s Finish firm members Cecilia Cackley and Genna Beth Davidson went as much as Brattleboro, Vermont for Puppet Homecoming. This Puppeteers of American regional occasion was held along side Puppets within the Inexperienced Mountains, a global puppet competition organized by Sandglass Theater. On this publish, Cecilia and Genna Beth have a dialog about their experiences at Puppet Homecoming. 

Cecilia: Puppet Homecoming was an awesome expertise. What reveals did you discover essentially the most inspiring or fascinating?

Genna Beth: Can I say all of them? Haha, every one was so totally different, and all had been virtuosic. A Starvation Artist was simply my cup of tea. I beloved the cleverness of all of the totally different puppetry types (toy theatre, hand and rod, shadow, pure object manipulation); every one used to it’s full potential and completely chosen for that a part of the story. And who doesn’t love the strangeness of a Kafka story? The performer was additionally simply so superb! Jonathan Levin principally did a one man present. A lot expertise! Which present was your favourite?

Cecilia: I actually beloved Meet Fred by Hijinx Theater in affiliation with Blind Summit. I’ve actually loved the work by Blind Summit that I’ve seen prior to now, however the collaboration with Hijinx and the themes of how an individual with a incapacity navigates the world had been further highly effective. I used to be laughing the entire time, simply on the sting of crying. It actually made me suppose.

Moreover seeing the reveals, we additionally went to some totally different workshops. Which of them did you do and which had been essentially the most useful?

Genna Beth: I realized about silicone, writing grants for funding puppetry, and about race, gender, and sexuality in puppetry. Studying about silicone opened me as much as new potentialities for crafting puppets, however I believe the one which stimulated my thoughts essentially the most was the one on race, gender and sexuality. I believe everybody within the workshop was white and lots of talked about errors they’ve made with appropriation. Who must be telling what tales? And for me it raised a questions on taking up work to construct puppets for tales that aren’t mine to inform. You had been going to come back to that workshop too however hung again on the writing grants one to speak extra with that presenter individually. What did you be taught?

Cecilia: I felt so much higher after that workshop, as a result of I realized that my frustration at writing grants for puppet work is one thing lots of people share! The presenter, Roxie Myhrum  from Puppet Showplace Theater in Boston, had numerous concrete ideas for the way to consider describing puppets in grant functions and advertising and marketing supplies. I used to be simply sorry that we took so lengthy to get began with that one which we didn’t get by all her slides!

It appears like we each received so much out of this weekend in Vermont. Do you suppose we should always return subsequent yr? What different issues would you wish to strive if we return?

Genna Beth: I undoubtedly need to return subsequent yr! We didn’t get to take a look at {the marketplace}, so subsequent yr I need to make some extent of that. Additionally I received to talk with a couple of individuals from throughout the area but it surely was arduous to search out time to get to know extra individuals. So I’d wish to discover a strategy to make extra associates subsequent yr too. You?

Cecilia: I agree with all of that. I ponder if it might be simpler to make associates if we carried out in one of many showcases or slams. Possibly that may give us a place to begin for speaking to individuals?

Genna Beth: YES! Good concept. I believe we will have one thing ready for the slam subsequent yr. I’d actually wish to make {that a} purpose. Maybe my lightbulb heads puppet present about melancholy. However who is aware of, we have now a complete yr to determine it out.


The puppet Mr. Ruraru from the present Mr. Ruraru’s Yard by Puppet and It’s Double from Taiwan. 

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