A great big thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts. I recently got word that I was awarded a professional development grant to fund my time at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Puppetry Conference to study materials and movement with Alice Gottschalk. It was a great experience - days and nights working with fellow puppet people and learning from them and from Alice. I left with a bunch of new skills and my thoughts on the difference between animation and manipulation and the relationship of the puppeteer to the puppet. I am grateful for the support from the CC.