Cattywampus Puppet Council
The Cattywampus Puppet Council first convened during the summer of 2014 when good friends Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler came together one afternoon with the desire to create a little magic in Knoxville. Both brought with them many years of creating art, performing, and mischief-making. You see, before moving back to Knoxville in 2012, Rachel had been working with a puppet troupe in Saxapahaw, NC called Paperhand Puppet Intervention and had ever since dreamed of bringing puppets to her hometown of Knoxville. It didn’t take much convincing to bring Shelagh on board, along with her creativity, artistic prowess, and love of paper and paint. Thus, on that hot, muggy afternoon, these two ladies sculpted their first puppet head together, and the magic was born.
The mission of the Cattywampus Puppet Council is to craft community and play through puppets. We strive to do this through creating shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds in this process. We hope to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way.
Play in Public Spaces
BY CATTYWAMPUS PUPPET COUNCIL
@ VOL 21
ON NOV 17, 2016
The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.