Next week is a big week for Australian puppetry. The 4th National Puppetry and Animatronics Summit will be held at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne from July 5th through the 8th. The conference brings together many of Australia’s leading puppeteers and a small, but impressive group of international artists to “provide a stimulating and provocative program of workshops, masterclasses, and forums for policy discussions and debates that celebrate the arts of puppetry and animatronics.”
Highlights of the summit include master classes and workshops with Roman Paska, Gary Friedman, Richard Bradshaw, Philip Millar and Dan Hurlin, the subject of the recent documentary Puppet. I’m really thrilled to be able to attend the summit, where I’ll be doing a presentation called Principles of Great Puppetry that will be held on Friday, July 6th at 2 p.m. in the Federation Hall of the VCA Southbank campus in Melbourne. If you’re attending the summit and/or come out to see the presentation, be sure to say hello!
If you live in or near Australia it’s not too late to sign up if you haven’t already! The summit organizers recently extended the discounted “early bird” registration period until June 30th. For more details or to register to attend the 4th National Puppetry & Animatronics Summit please visit www.nationalpuppetrysummit.com.