We can hardly wait!

The Great Plains Puppet Train, originally scheduled for September 10-13, 2020, is finally going to happen! If you applied to perform or teach a workshop at the canceled 2020 event and you still want to be part of our festival, let us know! The computer monster gobbled some of the applications. We’ll be looking for more shows and workshops, so feel free to propose one!

Because the pandemic is still lurking and we don’t know what the situation will be in September, we are requiring proof of vaccination. If you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, please bring an excuse from your doctor. Depending on the situation, we may require masks for indoor shows. 

Onward and Upward!

Monica Leo, Festival Director

Pamela Corcoran, Artistic Director

Dan (Digger) Romano, Workshop Director


Come to West Liberty, Iowa for the Great Plains Puppet Train 
Sept. 8-11, 2022!  

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Located close to Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa and the internationally renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, West Liberty is an iconic small town, with an active main street and midwestern hospitality.  The Regional Festival will take place in various buildings downtown, all within a distance of about four to six blocks, starting Thursday evening with registration, finger foods, a show, and a party.  Friday will include workshops, performances in our opera house, and a Puppet Slam.  Saturday will feature the West Liberty Children’s Festival, complete with five puppet performances and lots of street food and activities, A street dance with a Latino band, and finally a delicious catered dinner and another performance.  Sunday: breakfast, one last show, and farewells to friends, old and new!

We’re looking for the following kinds of shows:

  • Family friendly shows that can be performed outdoors
  • A school show that connects to the curriculum
  • Any other show including adult-oriented, small shows, slam pieces, etc.                                                                                                     

 And workshops:

  • In view of current events, workshops that help navigate the online world might be especially helpful
  • Connecting puppetry to the curriculum (for puppeteers and teachers)
  • Workshops helpful for librarians
  • Business workshops to help puppeteers make a living in the current economy
  • Any other workshop including performance, construction, and/or writing
                      West Liberty Children’s Festival


Monica Leo, Festival Director
Stephanie Vallez, Assistant Director
Pam Corcoran, Artistic Director
Dan (Digger) Romano, Workshop Director
Gary Neil Holmquist, Technical Director.                          
Justin Cornett, General Assistant
Puppetry Store: Twin Cities Puppeteers
Festival Exhibit: Michelle O’Donnell and Kallie Melvin

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