Release Schedule

Welcome to the Release Schedule! You can look here for what was shown on the VPC stage by day and time.  But just because it's already happened on the schedule doesn't mean you missed it! Most of the great content that will be presented at Virtual Puppet Con: Northeast Edition 2021 is available for streaming!
Except for the Puppet Slam and Potpourri/Open Mic, most of the other content is now available for streaming.
This streaming is only available for a limited time, though. The content is only available until midnight of November 18. The Lobby is open 24 hours a day, and the store will be open until December 1!

New! Rating system (Look on the left side of event listings):
laughing Smiley Face = appropriate for Youth and Families
No icon = suitable for General Audiences (Parents, watch first to determine appropriateness for your child)
Exlamation point in a triangle = Content only appropriate for Adults (Parental discretion suggested for those aged 16-18)

Click on the "View" button to view the Schedule for that day:

Day 1 - Friday, November 5th

Day 2 - Saturday, November 6th

Day 3 - Sunday, November 7th

Day 4 - Monday, November 8th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 5 - Tuesday, November 9th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 6 - Wednesday, November 10th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 7 - Thursday, November 11th

On the Fringe

Day 8 - Friday, November 12th

Day 9 - Saturday, November 13th

Day 10 - Sunday, November 14th

Day 11 - Monday, November 15th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 12 - Tuesday, November 16th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 13 - Wednesday, November 17th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 14 - Thursday, November 18th

Streaming Day

  • Content featured on the Stage is available
  • Store is Open
  • Lobby is Open

Day 3 – Sunday Nov, 7 Daylight Savings Time Ends! Check your clocks!

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Virtual Puppet Con runs on Eastern Time. We will be changing from EDT to EST on this day.

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9:30 AM

FILM

Fun Time with Mr Dave

By David Herrera

Fun Time with Mr. Dave.Children's puppet and live action program with music, special guests and a story.Three Episodes.
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10:16 AM

FILM

Milkshake Meadows Puppet Show responsibility episode

By Mike DeRushie

A beagle puppy and his rabbit friend learn about responsibility.
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10:26AM

FILM

To be a Brave Friend

By Leigh Baltzer

"To Be A Brave Friend" is an original short about bullying and anti-racism. Newton calls his friend, Sam, for their afternoon Zoom call. Sam tells Newton about a new kid he met at school. Sam wasn't sure if he could be brave enough to go over and talk to the new student, but he decides he does not want to be a "silent bully" and instead lets his curiosity take over. In the end, Newton comes to understand he sometimes is a "silent bully" without realizing it. He thanks Sam for showing him another way.
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11AM

WORKSHOP: one part of a special 3-presenter workshop on technical aspects. 2 hour total workshop.

Sound Design and Puppetry; a basic introduction

By Scott O’Brien

An overview of the use of sound design and music in performance, touching on microphones, basic sound systems and equip and useful software programs.
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11AM

WORKSHOP: one part of a special 3-presenter workshop on technical aspects. 2 hour total workshop.

Sound Design for Puppetry

By Scott O’Brien

Pre-recorded workshop on sound design as it relates to puppetry, focusing on some technical aspects (like micing along with playback and editing options in software); a live Q&A and discussion w/attendees to answer specific questions and go into some of the technical developments I've been involved with since last year's Virtual Puppet Con.
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11AM

WORKSHOP: one part of a special 3-presenter workshop on technical aspects. 2 hour total workshop.

Technology for Puppeteers

By Melissa Perenson

Will cover basic specs and approaches to tech, in a way that helps folks navigate tech specs and understanding what their needs are. Will touch on laptops; video capture via phone vs DSLR and everything in between; microphones; lights.
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11AM

WORKSHOP: one part of a special 3-presenter workshop on technical aspects. 2 hour total workshop.

Puppet Video Basics (‘n’ more!)

By David Herrera

This workshop is designed to teach you the basics of filming for puppets - from cell phones all the way to HD cameras. We will go over lighting, framing, and editing styles.
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11AM

WORKSHOP: one part of a special 3-presenter workshop on technical aspects. 2 hour total workshop.

Panel discussion with the 3 Technical Aspects Workshop Presenters

This special workshop ends with a discussion with the 3 panel Presenters. Ask your Questions!
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2:00PM

WORKSHOP

Shadow Puppets with the Silhouette Cameo

By Lyssa Troemel

This will be a workshop looking at the process of using the Silhouette Cameo to create Shadow Puppets. This technique was used to create shadow puppets for the music video 'Whale Fall' . (See the Friday, November 5 schedule for more information about 'Whale Fall'.)
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3:30 PM

Performance

To-Do List

By Amy West

To-Do List is an overhead projector shadow piece that takes a whimsical look at the creative process, including procrastination, writer's block, inspiration, self-doubt, and exhilaration. It's an homage to the nemesis and friend of every artist.
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3:36 PM

PERFORMANCE

What Time Is It, Mrs. Wolf?

By Georgia Bellas

This teatro lambe lambe puppet performance is a meditation on memory and grief
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3:41 PM

Performance

Coming Home Again

By Amy West

Coming Home Again is an overhead projector crankie/shadow piece set to an original song. It is a love letter to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a three-day Brigadoon-like community that forms in the Berkshires each August at the tri-state corner of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
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3:47 PM

Performance

Navenad

By Maggie Winston

Navenad “The Wandering” is a puppet based performance inspired by the life and poetry of yiddish writer Rokhl Korn. LONG: Navenad “The Wandering” is a performance inspired by the life and poetry of Rokhl Korn. Rokhl (Rachel) Korn (1898–1982) was a female Montreal-based Yiddish poet. Three of her poems depict three periods of her life; her childhood in rural Poland, her mid-life and escape from Nazi occupation, and her vibrant life in the Montreal Yiddish arts community on “The Main” (St. Laurent Blvd.) The piece is a nostalgic, sensorial and layered glimpse of her life and poetry, using a table-top puppet, crankies, shadow puppetry, and digital projection. Presented in English and Yiddish. Spoken text by Anna Gonshor. Music by Antonia Hayward.
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4:30PM

WORKSHOP

Scriptwriting – Making ideas come to life.

By Robin Polfuss

This workshop is about having or finding an idea, organizing it into a story, making sure it's legible, and making sure it's performable. I am going to encourage some writing down and sharing out loud of ideas, so I'd like it to be a live interactive workshop, if possible. Come join us!
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6PM

PANEL

The Importance of Building a Targeted Audience as a Puppeteer

Panel/Talk

Caroline Bernier-Dionne and Elie Castonguay. We are the Co-Founders of the Puppet Podcast and we want to share our experience of the rise of the podcast during the pandemic and how we managed to interview successful puppeteers from all around the world.
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7:30PM

PANEL

Slam Panel: A discussion about Puppet Slams

Panel

Click here to see the full panelist list

Co-Moderators Brendan Schweda and Anatar Marmol- Gagne

Deborah Hunt – Titeretada de Noches – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Liz Joyce – Puppets After Dark – Garden City, New York
Jenny Romaine – Great Small Works – New York, New York
Ailin Ruiz – Puppet Slam Mexico – Sonora, Mexico
Christine Papalexis – Puppetzilla – Los Angeles, California
Michael Lamason – Puppet Slamwich – Baltimore, Maryland

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