formerly The Conservatory of Puppetry Arts (COPA)


Mission Statement 
The International Puppetry Museum is dedicated to promoting, preserving and advancing the International art of puppetry.   IPM supports the Cook/Marks Collection at the North West Puppet Center located in Seattle, Washington with outreach whenever possible.


The Bylaws of the International Puppetry Museum were adopted on January 11, 1990.It is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

The specific purposes of this corporation are to perpetuate and foster an appreciation of puppetry, to establish and maintain a permanent collection of puppets and related archival materials and provide for their display, to educate the public about puppets, their history and use, and to engage in other lawful activities  permitted under the California Nonprofit Benefit Corporation Law.

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Dmitri Carter has been performing professionally as a puppeteer since childhood and currently serves a Development Director and Associate Artist for Seattle’s internationally acclaimed Northwest Puppet Center, established in 1986 by his parents, Chris and Stephen Carter.. During second and third grade, Dmitri lived in Romania and traveled throughout Europe picking up foreign languages and learning cultural traditions. Upon returning to Seattle, he attended Summit Alternative School where he and a few fellow students established the still successful potter program. At 16 Dmitri went on to attend college through the recently established Running Start program resulting in combined high school and college graduation, both with honors. In college, he served a term on student government and served on the tenure committee for professor of cultural anthropology and ethnic studies.

In 2003, Union Internationale de la Marionette awarded Dmitri one of only two International Scholarship Awards to conduct research in China on the ancient tradition of marionettes. In addition to fundraising, Dmitri also conducts research, curates exhibitions, teaches educational programs, writes articles, documents a variety of puppetry techniques with video and photography, designs publicity materials and still performs regularly. In 2002, Dmitri participated in the pilot session of “Technology Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders” after which NPower, one of the nation’s leading technology focused nonprofits, invited him to serve on the Advisory Committee.

Dmitri has also assisted with various outside puppet projects including:
International Puppet Museum of Holon, Israel
Quanzhou Marionette Troupe, China
Venice Theatre Arts Festival, Italy
International Performing Arts Festival of Brasil
Zhangzhou Hand Puppetry School, China
Puppet Arts Festival of Segovia, Spain

The Carters have been professional puppeteers since 1976. They trained with master puppeteers of Romania, Sicily, and China. Stephen Carter received the Fulbright Award for puppetry studies in 1984 and holds a postgraduate degree from the Institute of Theater and Cinema in Bucharest. The Carter Family Marionettes have been featured performers at National and World Puppet Festivals from Scotland to Uzbekistan. They have presented their plays in five different languages and have also been invited as guest director/designers internationally. The company has been awarded the "UNIMA/USA Citation of Excellence" (the highest award in American puppet theater) for three of their productions. Chris and Stephen Carter were the Directors of the 1999 Puppeteers of America Festival of the Millennium held at the University of Washington August 1999. The Carters are especially known for their mastery and preservation of the traditional Sicilian

In 1993 they purchased and renovated a charming church in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle. The center presents a family season of puppetry by the Carters and selected guest artists with over 250 performances each year. The Northwest Puppet Center provides a valuable resource and fascinating entertainment for children and families.

Dimitri Carter & Alan Cook

North West Puppet Center


Over the past six decades, Alan Cook has amassed an internationally acclaimed collection of over 5,000 puppets. Included are traditions from around the world and works by prominent puppeteers from the past few centuries. After a panel of artists, consultants and advisors carefully considered institutions across the West Coast, the Northwest Puppet Center was chosen to become the permanent home for the collection.

The Cook/Marks Collection is named for Alan Cook and Jacqueline Marks. In 1999, a group of friends gathered in California to help Alan with the important task of organizing the collection and helping decide on a permanent home. Jacqueline has been one of these dedicated volunteers and a generous benefactor. A very kind and visionary contribution by the Jacqueline Marks Fund of The California Community Foundation has been made to support the endeavor.
Learn more about NWPC – www.nwpuppet.org

Alan Cook collection going to
Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, WA.
Great Media Coverage
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Donor Spotlight:
Jackee Marks Finds Passion with Puppets
CCF News - July 2010
California Community Foundation Newsletter
Northwest Puppet Center's
"The World of Puppetry" Exhibit Seattle's Child
Community Bulletin Board, July 2010

Jim Tune, writer of that blog, is CEO of a large foundation and he also sent a mass email out to his list of business leaders and philanthropists.

Misha Berson, Theatre Critic from Seattle Times, said she was going to cover the exhibit and I'm hoping that will come out this coming Weds., Thurs., or Fri.


Dimitri Carter
Dimitri Carter with Knight puppet.
Dimitri Carter
Dimitri Carter with Japanese rod puppet.

The editor of Seattle's Child including special mention of the exhibit in the July magazine which already hit stands in late June.

Washington State Arts Commission has expressed interest and staff and/or commissioners will likely visit the exhibit.

We'll be setting up at Seattle Center Pavilion next week. The puppets are prepped for installation and ready to go. That's the news from here.

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