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NATIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL COMES TO UCONN
Puppetry alumni, photo credit Richard Termine '78 MFA

Nearly 50 alumni and current students participated in the 2015 National Puppetry Festival, which was held in Storrs last August to kick off the 50th year of UConn’s internationally renowned Puppet Arts Program. About 600 puppeteers from 12 nations on five continents and from 40 U.S. states ­attended the festival presented by the Puppeteers of America, which was highlighted by a whirlwind week of puppet-related activities including workshops, master classes and performances. The last time UConn hosted the festival was in 1970, when it was chaired by the legendary founder of the Puppet Arts Program, Frank W. Ballard. This year the festival director was Bart P. Roccoberton Jr. ’90 MFA, center of the photo, who succeeded Ballard as program director.

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