Video from 2nd Black Sheep Puppet Festival, 2000
The Black Sheep Puppet Festival took place from 1999 through 2008 at the Brew House, Pittsburgh. Puppeteers from across the country converged on the South Side during the month of October for performances, workshops, and impromptu happenings. Black Sheep introduced Pittsburgh to puppetry with an activist edge. The collaborative nature of the event made it difficult to compare with anything else in town. Black Sheep offered a critical view of society, without the pretentious layers of the art world. It operated as far as it could be directed from the corporate, commercial world. It was driven by the hard work of organizers, who volunteered hundreds of hours to see it through.
Perhaps the festival will return on a small scale and gradually build up to a city-wide event.