Tickets for Puppet Slam now available!

puppetthumb One week until the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh’s second annual showcase of puppetry, the Pierogi Power Puppet Slam, hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland!

Tickets are now available online (at this handy link) and will also be available at the door!

Don’t miss your chance to check out what is happening in the puppet world of Pittsburgh. All ages are invited to the Pierogi Power Puppet Slam, a community celebration much like a poetry slam which will feature 12 short shows using all kinds of puppets. Continue reading

“Origin Story” by Scott Hall

knuffle“Origin Story”
by PGOP member Scott KuechenmeisterHall

People seem fascinated by origin stories. There’s a whole subgenre for superheroes. I love to read actors’ and artists’ biographies up to the point where they “make it.” After success comes, so many of these biographies start to sound more like name dropping than anything of real substance. I’ve been a puppeteer for thirty-eight years now and the most frequently asked question posed to me has always been, “How did get into doing puppets?” or some version of that.  Continue reading

Crankie Making Workshop

workshop posterA message from Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh member,
Felicia Cooper:

It’s been a busy puppet month! I attended the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center this past week to study, train, and collaborate with some of my puppet heroes. 
This month, I’ve been working with Pearl Arts Studios as part of their Pearl Diving Movement Residency. It’s been a joy to be in residency with them, and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been exploring! It’s a kid-friendly puppet show using a hand-carved marionette, movement, and object performance. We’ll be telling an allegorical version of Pandora’s myth, with themes of containment and the ambiguity of hope. The performance will be June 30th, with further details soon to come. >In conjunction with this residency, I will be holding a community event at Pearl Arts Studios (201 N Braddock Ave) this Monday, June 19th at 6 pm. Join us to hear a story and make a collaborative crankie that will appear in the show. See image above for the flier, please feel very free to print it and post it wherever you like. Bring a friend! See you there. 

Puppet Slam 2017 Dates!

19424464_10213206165011133_5925955720166123085_nBig News! The Pierogi Power Puppet Slam will be hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art this year! Hold the date: Saturday, August 19.WOO HOO!

“If you are interested in applying as a puppeteer/performer please contact for more info, or stay posted for our online form!”

Poster art by Kirsten Ervin
Original Poster concept sketch below: