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New York State Puppet Festival

Arts & Entertainment, Arts, Culture, and Music, Festival

A bi-annual festival bringing internationally renowned, game-changing puppet masters and artists together in Perry, NY, the NYS Puppet Festival returns in 2020.

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Tickets for 2020 events and performances will be available at


The inaugural New York State Puppet Festival – held June 14 - 18, 2018 in Perry, NY-- was the first of its kind in the state: a gathering of game-changing, internationally renowned puppet artists and masters to perform their works and discuss emerging topics in the art form.

Many cultures have developed their own puppet arts traditions. Today, puppeteering is flourishing with the collaboration of artists from around the world to share their art form to each other. The artists brought together at NYSPF exemplify this global story, while also highlighting artists who are challenging the media to tell new stories. Artists at the inaugural festival included Concrete Temple Theatre, Sam Gold, Dan Hurlin, Tom Lee and Lisa Gonzales, and Tom Lee. Fifth generation traditional Japanese master puppeteer of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Theater, and designated National Intangible Folk Treasure of Japan, Koryu Nishikawa V, headlined the festival and gave workshops in traditional cart puppetry (kuruma ningyo) and 3-person manipulation technique (sanninzukai).

New York State Puppet Festival is a Josh Rice Projects production. Josh Rice has been part of the Wyoming County arts community since 2012’s launch of Shake on the Lake, Silver Lake’s resident Shakespeare company. A professional theatre artist, Josh started Shake on the Lake the summer before he began his MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. At Sarah Lawrence, Josh studied puppetry, an art form that has taken him around the world. He launched the New York State Puppet Festival in 2018.

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