WP Puppet Theatre

Registered Name: W P PUPPET THEATRE SOCIETY

Business Number: 128831476RR0001

Once upon a time, two little girls named Wendy and Pam crawled into their attic to create puppets from popsicle sticks and cardboard, making epics with sock puppets. Inspired by these childhood memories, in 1991 Artistic Director, Wendy Passmore-Godfrey BFA, established WP Puppet Theatre Society in Calgary, Alberta.

WP Puppet Theatre’s impact has been deep and wide. Puppets speak an innovative language. They have long been a voice through which creative individuals have challenged authority and delivered powerful social messages. Puppets play a broad role in contemporary society. They provide a creative platform to express controversial and significant social issues and can help modern minds in their quest to find effective and unique ways of generating fresh ideas and working collaboratively. Puppets can be a catalyst for thought-provoking experience and conversations that lead to new ways of perceiving contemporary life and its many social and cultural challenges.

VisionUsing the power of puppetry to impact positive social change.

MissionOur puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances inspire, challenge, empower, support expression and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants.

ValuesWP Puppet Theatre Society (WPTS) values originality, adaptability, diversity, imagination, communication, curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, best practices and creativity. We believe puppets have a special role as representatives and that art has a responsibility and opportunity to mirror and shape reality. We experiment with the definition of ‘puppet art’ and showcase the potential of this medium valuing high aesthetics and inquiry and skills-based learning.

Land AcknowledgmentIn the spirit of reconciliation, WP Puppet Theatre acknowledges that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

What People Are Saying

"Art has the ability to heal and transform. Art has the ability to soothe your soul… The process of doing the mask and evaluating who am I helped get back in touch with who I lost. "

— Eli, participant of VIEW from the Inside

"The idea was special and unique… it was the first time I enjoyed art, like that I can hide secrets… Everything was special, the whole thing. It made you accept yourself, all sides… love yourself. "

— Syrian Refugee Youth, participant of VIEW from the Inside

"“Puppets truly are a healing medium.”"

— Attendee of Puppet Power 2018

"Puppets give voice to the voiceless and help us express deep, heartfelt feelings."

— Attendee of Puppet Power 2018

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