Artists biographies will be posted in April 2018. Artists coming to the inaugural festival include: Concrete Temple Theatre to present the internationally-acclaimed family show: Gepetto: Extraordinary Extremities Sam Gold to present his brand new Czech-marionette and Balinese shadow-inspired piece, War with Newts Dan Hurlin will screen his documentary Puppet with a panel discussion featuring Dan, the fim’s director David Soll, and the Jim Henson Foundation’s Manager Z Briggs. Tom Lee and Lisa Gonzales will premiere their dance/puppetry hybrid piece Place (No Place) Tom Lee will also present a shadow puppet piece for children, Tomte Josh Rice will present his original puppet piece The Marooned Fifth-generation traditional Japanese master puppeteer of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Theater, and designated National Intangible Folk Treasure of Japan, Koryu Nishikawa V, will headline the festival and give workshops in traditional cart puppetry (kuruma ningyo) and 3-person manipulation technique (sanninzukai), as well as performing traditional kuruma ningyo performances, including the Sanbaso.
New York State Puppet Festival (NYSPF) is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. The Perry Main Street Association served as the fiscal sponsor for the NYSPF.