Lost & Found Puppet Co.

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Fondée à Vancouver en 2007 par Maggie Winston, la compagnie Lost & Found Puppet Co. est basée à Montréal depuis janvier 2016. Elle a participé à divers festivals tels que OUF! Festival Off Casteliers (Montréal), Vancouver Fringe Festival, Out The Box Puppetry Festival (Le Cap, Afrique du Sud). Lost & Found Puppet Co. explore la relation entre les humains, les objets, les plantes et les animaux. 

Lost & Found Puppet Co. originally created in 2007, now splits time between Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC. Members of the company consist of Maggie Winston and any person interested in joining the company for any given project. Interdisciplinary collaboration and community activism are at the heart of the work. L&FP Co. is dedicated to the promotion of puppetry as a unique and valued art everyone can experience.

L&FP Co. has toured throughout in Canada, USA and internationally. Productions usually incorporate several types of puppetry, clowning, and other media. Themes such as family, cultural history, human relationships to objects, nature, and spirituality are the inspirations for performances. There are stories about lost socks, giant junk monsters, larger-than-life invasive plant species, beaver dreams, and grandma’s memories in her recycled quilt.

Maggie Winston is a puppeteer and community engaged artist who facilitates transformative creative processes with an emphasis on inclusion and imagination. Originally from Baltimore, MD, USA, Maggie graduated from Carver Centre for Arts and Technology (MD, USA), she received a BA in Performance/Puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA), and trained at British American Drama Academy (London, UK). She received clown training at Fantastic Space Enterprises (BC, Canada). Recipient of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award- Emerging Artist in Community Arts (2010). Using puppetry, an interdisciplinary art form, communities create original performances that reflect salient topics. She has been an artist in residence through programs with ArtStarts BC, Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Parks & Recreation, and Instruments of Change. 

Festivals and venues Lost & Found Puppet Co. has presented:

Creative Theatre Alliance (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Black Cherry Puppet Theatre (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Puppet Showplace Theatre (Brookline, MA, USA)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival (BC)

Victoria Fringe Festival (BC)

Casteliers Festival des Marionnettes (QC)

The Centaur Theatre (QC)

At. Ambroise Festival Fringe de Montreal (QC)

OUF Festival Off Casteliers (QC)

The Zipper (NYC)

The Starr Barr (NYC)

Firehall Arts Centre (BC)

Vancouver International Fringe Festival (BC)

The Heart of the City Festival (BC)

The Western Front (BC)

In the House Festival (BC)

Arts Wells (BC)

Edge of the World Fest (BC)

Kispiox Music Festival (BC)

Komasket Music Festival (BC)

Sweetwater 905 Music Festival (BC)

North Country Fair (AB)

Music on the Mountain Music Festival (BC)

Robson Valley Music Festival (BC)

Elevate the Arts Festival (BC)

Tiny Lights (BC)

Quadrapalooza Festival (BC)

InJest- a Festival of Clown and Play (BC)

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival (BC)

Out The Box Festival (Cape Town, SA)

Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival (Seattle, WA)

Katkatha Puppet Arts Studio (Delhi, India)

Companies & organizations Lost & Found Puppet Co has collaborated with:

The Lookout Arts Quarry (WA, USA)

The Bread & Puppet Theater (VT. USA)

The Banff Centre Puppetry Intensive with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (AB)

Chemainus Theatre Festival (BC)

Vancouver Moving Theatre (BC)

Runaway Moon Theatre (BC)

The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (BC)

The Vancouver International Puppetry Festival (BC)

Instruments of Change (BC)

Something Collective (BC)

Gogobonkers (BC)

Body Narratives Collective (BC)

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. (BC)

ArtStarts (BC)

Vancouver School Board Artists in Residence Program (BC)

Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS Arts-in-Education Program (BC)

Kids on the Block (BC)

Cassie & Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis (BC)

Heri Dono (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust (New Delhi, India)

The Puppet Theatre Chandigarh (Chandigarh, India)

Critical Mask Theatre Society (Cape Town, South Africa)

Sogo Visual Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa)

UNIMA-SA (Cape Town, South Africa)


Schools and other venues Lost & Found Puppet co. has facilitated workshops or residencies:

Simon Fraser Elementary (BC)

Lord Nelson Elementary (BC)

Confederation Park Elementary (BC)

Sir Walter Moberly Elementary (BC)

L’Ecole Bilingue Elementary (BC)

Mayne Island School (BC)

Phoenix School Salt Spring Island (BC)

Salt Spring Island Elementary (BC)

Gitwinksilkhw Elementary School (BC)

Arts Umbrella (BC)

Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (BC)

Roundhouse Community Centre (BC)

Trout Lake Community Centre (BC)

Strathcona Community Centre (BC)

Sunset Community Centre (BC)

Kensington Community Centre (BC)

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House (BC)

Vancouver International Children’s Festival (BC)

Deer Crossing the Art Farm (BC)

Coveda School (Chandigargh, India)

Cambridge Primary School (Delhi, India)

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