Times and workshops are subject to change.
Locations will be printed in the festival program.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

4:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception at Hasta La Pasta Italian Restaurant, 6915 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379. Featuring Performances by: Greg Ruhe, Joanne Schroeder, Rikki Shaw, and You!

Friday, September 16, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Store Opens.

9:30 Puppet Exhibit Opens

9:00 – 10:00 Shadow Puppetry Illusions – Make and Take by Greg Ruhe. Learn simple techniques to create amazing shadow puppetry illusions using paper cut outs, found objects and a flashlight. Perfect for the classroom or stage. Greg is the director of Puppet Pizzazz a Houston based company that creates extraordinary event entertainment and educational puppetry adventures worldwide.

9:00 – 10:00 Masking Tape Puppets and Scenery – Make and Take Part 1 of 2 by Terry Tannert. Learn an inexpensive way to construct puppets and scenery. Terry, from Austin, TX, learned these techniques at a P of A National Festival.

10:00 – 10:15 Snack and Store

10:15 – 11:15 The Variety Show – Why and How by Pix Smith. Pix, director of the Dallas Puppet Theater will talk about the variety show format, and its relative strengths and weaknesses as a performance choice. He will also discuss how to format a variety show, and how to use the format to teach curriculum points as well as keep an audience engaged. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and subjects that they would like to see addressed in a variety show format.

10:15 – 11:15 Tape Puppets and Scenery – Make and Take Part 2 of 2. by Terry Tannert. Learn an inexpensive way to construct puppets and scenery. Terry, from Austin, TX, learned these techniques at a P of A National Festival.

11:15 – 12:00 Lunch in the Activity Room.

11:15 – 12:00 Shop in the Store and Visit the Puppet Exhibit.

12:00 – 1:00 Walk Around Stage – Make and Take by Jean Pirtle. Construct a small portable puppet stage with neck strap. This small stage can be used with hand or sock puppets in the classroom or to entertain at events. Member of Greater Houston Puppetry Guild with experience as a puppet team leader with students in Fort Bend ISD. Also registered clown with Cheerful Clown Alley of Houston with many years of volunteer service using music and puppetry.

12:00 – 1:00 Puppets in Prague: An In-Depth Experience From Design to Performance by Joanne Schroeder, Adventureland Puppets, and Karen Konnerth, Calliope Puppets. These two puppeteers spent two weeks in Prague, Czech Republic, last year, each building an entire show, featuring carved wood Czech marionettes. They will share their work and the workshop process. Joanne, former librarian, wrote the book: Fun Puppet Skits for Schools and Libraries. She performs puppet skits based on children’s books, stories and songs. She also wrote Puppets Tell Bible Stories. She performs these as ventriloquist routines.

1:00 – 1:15 Break, Shop in the Store and Visit the Puppet Exhibit.

1:15 – 2:15 The Mix-Methods of Ware House Puppets by Allen Ware. A crash course in how we mix different styles of puppetry, including traditional hand puppetry, into our “Goat in the Chili Patch” show.

1:15 – 2:15 Developing Character Voices by Brian Berlin. Fun exercises designed to help create, refine, and perform an assortment of distinct and compelling character voices.
Dr. Berlin is an interdisciplinary teaching artist from Kemah, Texas. He teaches elementary school music and maintains a private music studio teaching classical guitar, accordion, and piano. Dr. Berlin enjoys writing songs, poems, short stories, and dramatic works. A life-long fan of puppetry, he teaches puppet theatre in his classroom.

2:15 – 2:30 Break, Shop in the Store and Visit the Puppet Exhibit.

2:30 – 3:30 Puppet Performance: “The Goat in the Chili Patch” by Rick Strot and Allen Reeves Ware, Ware House Puppets, Waco, TX – FREE ADMISSION. Allen Reeves Ware holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Baylor University with a focus on educational theatre and puppetry. Dr. Ware created the Ware House Puppets with fellow educator and friend Rick Strot, a School of Education Senior Lecturer at Baylor University. Both gentlemen are members of The Puppeteers of America (PoA), and active with PoA’s Puppetry in Education and Therapy, for which Dr. Ware serves as a committee member. Together they entertain children and families with fun stories that carry simple but important lessons. Strot and Ware bring decades of puppetry experience to The Ware House Puppets, and they are pleased to return to the show that began their creative partnership as they present “The Goat in the Chili Patch.”

3:30 Exchange Evaluation Forms for your Clock Hour Certificates in the Forum Theater Foyer.

3:30 – 4:30 Southwest Region Business Meeting and Snack.

4:30 – 5:30 Puppet Performance – “Strings Variety Show” by Pix Smith, Dallas Puppet Theater, Dallas, TX – FREE ADMISSION. Large-scale marionettes perform to lively and familiar music all operated in full view of the audience. After the show, our special backstage look has inspired not only new puppeteers, but even other performers!
Pix is the director of the Dallas Puppet Theater and has been performing since beginning with Fred Cowen in 1980. The Dallas Puppet Theater is in its 36th season of production family entertainment, and exists to promote and advance the performing, visual and creative art of puppetry. Pix has performed throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, and at a local library near you.

6:00 SW Regional Pepper Puppet Festival Dinner (offsite)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Store Open

9:00 – 10:00 Sock it to Me – Make and Take by Sandy Shrout. Create your very own mouth puppet from a sock that will be as wonderful as the person who made it.

9:00 – 10:00 Holiday Puppetry Story Time – Make and Take by Aileen Kirkham. Make budget friendly puppets with stories using repetitive refrains to develop stronger literacy skills for young children, especially those in ESL and bilingual classes.  

9:00 – 10:00 Top Ten Reasons to Use Puppets in the Classroom by Lynnette Tello . Enjoy ideas for using teacher made, child made and manufactured puppets in the early childhood classroom. Puppets help second language learners.

9:00 – 10:00 Craft Stick Puppets – Make and Take by Twanda Smith. Participants will have fun creating and retelling Peter and his Snowy Day adventure with popsicle sticks.

10:00 – 10:15 Break – Shop in the Store!

10:15 – 11:15 Puppet City: Memorable, Standards Based Social Studies Through Puppetry by Karen Konnerth. Build an instant puppet community of simple materials to experience the purpose of maps, community roles, goods and services! Leave with your own puppet citizen and get a plan to bring Social Studies to life!

10:15 – 11:15 Spider Puppet – Make and Take by Sandy Shrout. Watch the puppet show of Anansi the Spider and the Moss-Covered Rock, then make your own spider puppets.

10:15 – 11:15 Ranch & Rodeo Roundup Fun – Make and Take by Aileen Kirkham. Make budget friendly puppets to use in literature-based ranch and rodeo activities.

10:15 – 11:15 Puppets Through the Week by Pat Miller. Puppets can be your ally through the week with kids. Learn how to use a mascot puppet, poetry puppets, and puppets for math, sequencing, and center activities. Patterns and handout.

11:15 – 12:00 Lunch in the Activity Room

11:15 – 12:00 Shop in the Store!

12:00 – 1:00 Newspaper Tabletop Puppet – Make and Take by Ellen Scott and Robbie Lueth. Learn how easy it is to make a new friend who does exactly what you want! After an hour you will walk away with a tabletop puppet and a basic understanding of how to manipulate your character.

12:00 – 1:00 Monster or Alien Puppet – Make and Take by Sandy Shrout. Make a glove puppet to be your trash or germs monster or the new kid from outer space.

12:00 – 1:00 Tale of Peter Rabbit – Make and Take by Joanne Schroeder. Make a glove puppet with 4 bunnies and Mr McGregor on it.

12:00 – 1:00 Everyone Has a Seat at the Table by Pat Miller. All students will see themselves when you use puppets with world folktales. Three tales from multiple cultures will be performed. Handout includes patterns and instructions for puppets and an inexpensive, portable puppet stage.

1:00 – 1:15 Break and shopping in the store.

1:15 – 2:15 Talking Socks – Make and Take by Jennifer Lushbaugh. Participates will create their own movable mouth sock puppet along with template, lesson plan ideas, and script ideas for students/adults.

1:15 – 2:15 Grocery Bag Body Puppets for Story Characters – Make and Take by Augusta Lynch. Join early childhood librarian and make puppets for storytelling favorite books or writing and telling new stories.

1:15 – 2:15 Chili Pepper Shadow Puppet – Make and Take by Greg Ruhe. Learn to manipulate a Chili Pepper Shadow Puppet with animated opening and closing eyes and mouth. Use with overhead projector or flashlight.

1:15 – 2:15 Portable Stage Building – Make and Take by Joel Bangilan. Get ideas in building and designing a portable cardboard stage for hand puppets. We will have plenty of boxes to use and tools to share.

2:15 – 2:30 Break and shopping in the Store.

2:30 – 3:30 Puppet Performance and Raffle Prize Winners Selected! “The Bumper Crop” by Ellen Scott and Robbie Lueth, Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Austin, TX – FREE ADMISSION. Young Wally Wheeler wonders when he swallows a watermelon seed, if vines could grow out of his ears. It’s his wildest dream, but just watch it come true in this visually stunning, outrageously funny show.
Ellen Turner Scott and Robbie Lueth discovered puppetry in the 1970s. For 10 years they brought literature to life with puppets for the Austin Public Library. For 40 years with their own troupe, they are building puppets, performing, script writing, set designing, and producing music. Robbie was a high school teacher. Ellen is a puppeteer with Literature Live, the Austin Library Puppet Troupe. Ellen received a scholarship in 2008 to attend the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, studying under Luman Coad, and in 2010, studying under master marionette artist, Philip Huber. Ellen is the proud owner of Nancy Renfro Studios, Inc., a Puppet Resource Company. with 250 puppet character designs and 18 books on puppetry and puppet activities.

3:30 Exchange Evaluation Forms for your Clock Hour Certificates in the Forum Theater Foyer.

3:30 – 4:30 Snack in the Activity Room. Bring your puppets to share. Visit the Store and Puppet Exhibit.

4:30 – 5:30 Puppet Performance – “A Fable, a Fairytale and a Folktale” by Karen Konnerth, Calliope Puppets, New Orleans, LA – FREE ADMISSION. Karen adapts traditional stories for puppets, specializing in thoughtful, verbal audience participation. Featured here, a lively Tortoise and the Hare, a shocking Emperor’s New Clothes, and a mouthwatering Three Pigs!
Karen is artistic director of world traveling Calliope Puppets, presenting thoughtfully interactive puppet theater for forty years for children, families, and art lovers of all ages featuring handmade puppets in a wide variety of techniques. She is also an award winning arts integration specialist, with over thirty years’ experience developing and implementing arts integrated (puppetry, creative writing, visual art) curriculum in elementary school classrooms and now sharing this experience with teachers through participatory workshops on strategies to engage students and deepen learning across the curriculum, using simple and easily available materials. Teacher workshop presentation sites include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa.

6:00 SW Regional Pepper Puppet Festival Dinner (offsite)