Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets. It is very ancient, and is believed to have originated 3000 years BC. Puppetry takes many forms but they all share the process of animating inanimate performing objects. Puppetry is used in almost all human societies both as entertainment – in performance – and ceremonially in rituals and celebrations such as carnivals. Most puppetry involves storytelling.
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Site with information on various types of puppets, construction and materials etc.
Don’t Move Puppet Theatre A rare example promoting a commercial website, but if you live in Melbourne, Australia, John Evans and Don’t Move Puppet Theatre perform fantastic puppet shows. Otherwise known as The Puppetman to thousands of adoring school children, his puppet shows are a must see! Website includes a great image gallery of student-made puppets.
Jim Henson Muppets Official Jim Henson Muppets website.
Legends and Lore Puppets Website with instructions on how to make sock and sack puppets, plus a collection of puppet scripts.
Marla Gold Small gallery of puppets, some with construction tips.
Muppet Central Another Muppet fan site.
Nassau Library System Great image gallery of various puppets.
Punch and Judy Lots of information about Punch and Judy including information about the characters, a collection of historical Punch and Judy scripts, scrapbooks etc.
Puppet Word Products Images of finger puppets.
The Puppetry Home Page Amazing website with thousands of puppetry links from around the world including puppetry organisations, festivals, theatres, types of puppets, exhibits, puppet museums, puppet construction techniques and more.
The Puppetry Lounge Webpage with a list of materials used by most puppeteers, with American suppliers.
The Puppetry Lounge An interesting list of mainstream movies that involve puppets, useful for showing to students as examples.
Wikipedia General entry on puppet.
Wikipedia Entry on marionettes.
Wikipedia Entry on hand puppets.
Wikipedia Entry on the art of digital puppetry.