Family Puppet Slam Returns on August 17th, 2019.

The Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh invites puppet enthusiasts to a family-friendly performance on Spring Hill.

Are you ready for a puppet adventure?  Come check out what is happening in the world of Pittsburgh Puppet Theater! Head up to Spring Hill for the fourth annual Puppet Slam, brought to you by the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh. This year the event is hosted at the Workingmen’s Beneficial Union, an adventurous event space that includes an outdoor picnic area that will be full of pop-up puppet fun and an indoor performance featuring many of Pittsburgh’s favorite puppeteers. Asado Wood Fired Grill on Wheels will be ready with dinner for you and your crew and Spring Hill Brewing will be serving their delicious craft brews and Teaboy Pop.

Tom Sarver poster 2019

“Come to the puppet show! This year the guild is presenting a fun night of short shows with families in mind. There will be hand puppets, rod puppets and giant dancing puppets. Get out, enjoy the magic of puppetry, and celebrate with Pittsburgh’s creative puppetry community!”

–  Tom Sarver, Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh

A Puppet Slam is a showcase of short, contemporary puppetry. The main performances will include marionettes, giant puppets, hand puppets, and shadow puppets. The evening will be hosted by Pittsburgh favorites Tom Sarver and Dave English. Expect performances from seasoned puppeteers Cheryl Capezzuti and Kellee Van Aken (Fuzzy Boundary Productions), Kirsten Ervin and Darlene Thompson. Relative newcomers Becky Spevak and Suzanne Werder will round out the show. Bring a favorite puppet to showcase at the event and enjoy a treat from the puppet-themed bake sale with proceeds benefiting the Puppetry Guild. The evening will begin with an interactive dance experience with Giant Puppet Dance Club, winners of an Awesome Pittsburgh grant. At 7:00 a puppet parade will lead people indoors.

The Workingmen’s Beneficial Union was a 100-year-old social hall that served the Spring Hill community. It is home to Spring Hill Brewing, Rescue Street Farms and the WBU event space all less than 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.  Learn more at

The Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh unites puppeteers, puppetmakers and people that love puppets by supporting and celebrating the art of puppetry in the greater Pittsburgh region. This organization formed in the fall of 2015 and is working to produce more puppetry-related events in the region. The Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh is affiliated with the national organization Puppeteers of America. Anyone who loves and supports puppetry in the region is welcome to join the guild for an annual membership fee of $15.00.

New Sun Rising is the fiscal sponsor for The Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh. NSR provides strategic programs, vital services, and accessible funding to power civic innovation from idea to impact.

Pittsburgh Puppet Slam

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Picnic and Fun: 6:00 PM

Performances: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Workingmen’s Beneficial Union, Spring Hill, 1958 Varley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children

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