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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Undiscovered Countries Infinite Festival

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Deadline: October 3, 2021
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Submissions wanted: theater, music, puppetry, burlesque, dance, visual art, drag, you name it.  

Undiscovered Countries is a New York City-based incubator of new and developing interdisciplinary art. Our Infinite Festival, founded in 2012, is an ongoing series of new and developing live art performing every other month. 

The festival was founded to create a space for artists to show in-progress work without paying for production, and for audiences to see that work without paying for tickets. The goal of Undiscovered Countries is to foster a diverse, engaged community of artists by uplifting subversive and accessible work lacking conventional support.

For our 2021/2022 season, we will be doing bimonthly shows, split seasonally between in-person, outdoor events in NYC (September, November, May and July) and remote events hosted on Zoom (January and March). In light of the ongoing pandemic, in-person events might be moved to Zoom if cases rise significantly in New York City - we will follow CDC guidelines and be in frequent touch with artists if this needs to happen.

For these shows, you can pitch us a piece according to the guidelines, or volunteer to be part of an artistic "Bake Off", in which you create a piece picking elements from a list of "ingredients" we send you. All pieces should:

- last 3-10 minutes for in-person shows, 3-5 minutes for Zoom shows
- be fully realized for performance
- be new and/or in development
- be personally fun or fulfilling for you to make, and engaging and rewarding for an audience to watch

If you have any questions, please email us at undiscoveredcountriesfestival@gmail.com

Monday, July 26, 2021

2022 Object Movement Puppetry Residency Program

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Deadline: August 1, 2021 11:59 PM EDT

Object Movement is a CWP Residency Program for the development of new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins, Object Movement supports the development of new work that addresses eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, culminating in an annual festival of short performances.

We are delighted to be returning to the theater for the 2021-2022 Object Movement Residency & Festival! Residency meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings with a hybrid of in-person and virtual sessions, and the festival will be entirely in-person with live audiences if COVID safety conditions permit.

The Spring 2022 Object Movement Puppetry Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation and generous donations from people like you. Thank you for your support!

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

For eleven weeks in Fall 2021 and eleven weeks in Spring 2022, a cohort of eight puppetry and object theater artists (or pairs or teams of artists) will meet to share progress on developing new work. Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm and will be a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. In-person meetings will be held at the Center at West Park and virtual meetings will be held on Zoom. Meetings will be facilitated by the curatorial team, which includes Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins. The goal of these meetings is to provide supportive feedback for the artists and a useful but flexible structure for making and sharing work.

Each resident artist will develop a single piece over the course of the residency. There will be a work-in-progress showing for invited audiences at the second-to-last fall meeting on December 7. Completed pieces will be presented in a festival in the Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Theater March 28 through April 9, 2022. 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Spring 2022 Object Movement Puppetry Festival will take place over two weeks from March 28 through April 9, 2022 in the Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Theater. Each week will feature a different program of four original short pieces 10 to 15 minutes long. Each week will include a dedicated tech day for each of the four pieces, a dress rehearsal, and three performances.

The festival will provide a stage manager and technical director, a rep lighting plot, basic sound system, and marketing and box office services. Each lead artist or team will be paid 1/16 of the net box office proceeds or $100 (whichever is greater) at the end of the festival. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications open: July 1, 2021
Applications due: Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm
Applicants notified: Monday, August 30
Fall residency meetings: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm from September 28 through December 14 (off Nov 23 for Thanksgiving)


Work-in-progress showing: Monday, December 7 at 7:30pm

Winter break: December 15—January 31

Spring residency meetings: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm from February 1 through April 12, 2022

Spring festival: March 28—April 9, 2022

Program A performances: Friday, April 1 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 2 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Program B performances: Friday, April 8 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 9 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

HOW TO APPLY

Online applications open on July 1 and are due by Sunday, August 1 at 11:59pm. Applications are open to all artists over 18 who live in the New York City metro area. Both experienced puppetry artists and puppetry beginners with experience in other disciplines are welcome. We are not able to accept applications from full-time students. You may apply as an individual artist, a duo, or a collective/company. Please submit only one application per artist.

We are seeking a diverse cohort of artists of different backgrounds and with different interests and experience levels within the realm of puppetry and object theater. BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA artists, and artists with disabilities are heartily encouraged to apply!

https://www.centeratwestpark.org/object-movement

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Festival de la BĂȘte Noire Call For Projects

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

SUBMISSION FORM

We are so excited about what YOU can bring to our unique horror theatre festival. The Festival will run exclusively online from Feb 15th to March 15th 2021 for a limited edition experience. We are offering you an online platform through which to share your weird, creepy, freaky, spooky, and macabre horror performance work.

Please read the information and guidelines before applying. There is no fee to apply.

ONLINE EXPECTATIONS:

1) All projects accepted to the festival will be pre-recorded performances, with NO post production edits. This is to ensure a most genuine and organic theatre experience albeit online. We are not a movie festival, we are a theatre festival. Keep this in mind when submitting your ideas as you will have to record and submit a finalized copy for viewing to the festival.

2) Projects /performances must remain as close to an organic theatre piece as possible: Whatever environment you choose to perform your project in EX: your living room, rented space, outside, a car etc...is to be interpreted as your stage. Remember if you can perform it on a traditional stage then, it can be done in your chosen environment (with a little creative thinking).

3) When describing your project in the form below please be as descriptive and concise as possible. Please include your idea for the type of “stage” or “stages” you will be performing in to give us a greater understanding of what to expect. You can submit more than one project.

4) During the festival all projects will be stored in our google drive and audiences will buy access to the links via our website. Most activities will come with a ticket purchase, but some other events will be free for all (Panels, workshops, live streams). There will be No live streams of the submitted projects on standard social media platforms( fb/youtube or Instagram) However, to ensure a more interactive relationship between the audience and artist we will have an opportunity to present live streams through “About the Creator” series. Which will be featured on standardized social media platforms.

SUGGESTIONS OF PROJECTS TYPES:

- Radio Plays - Audio Dramas - Living Room Theatre
- Dance - Puppets - Magic
- Spoken word - Interactive games - Murder mysteries
- Panels/Workshops


REQUIREMENTS:

- All projects must be pre-recorded
- Projects /performances must remain as close to an organic theatre piece as possible: Whatever environment you choose is your stage and if it can be done on stage, it can be done in your environment.
- Artists can apply individually or in groups with performance projects.
- We strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including BIPOC and queer artists, and artists of varying abilities.
- No post production/Digital Manipulation
- 45 minutes or less
- Ticket profits split 85/15 in favour of the artist
- Tech, rehearsal spaces and other needs are your responsibility, although we can guide you in the right direction if you feel stuck.
- Flexibility, on yours and our part. We live in strange times and things can and may change.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 31st
Calls by November: 7th


Email us at betenoire.festival@gmail.com if you have questions.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

FALL 2020 OBJECT MOVEMENT DIGITAL PUPPETRY LAB

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a residency program for developing new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, and produces an annual festival of performances. The Fall 2020 Digital Puppetry Lab will focus on the creative opportunities and challenges of making puppetry and object theater for a virtual audience with the tools of modern technology.

Eight participants will meet weekly on Zoom to share the questions they’re wrestling with and the discoveries they’ve made. Participants will take turns sharing works in progress and offering peer feedback, with moderation and support from the curators. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm starting September 29, culminating in an online festival of “lab experiments” over four evenings, Thursday 11/19 through Sunday 11/22. The final meeting of the lab to reflect on the process will be on Tuesday, November 24.

Thanks to a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation, participants will each receive a performance fee of $100 for participation in the festival, as well as a share of the donations collected from the festival audience.

Artists may apply with a specific project in mind, or with topics and themes they want to explore. All work for the residency will be created for an online audience, and artists will perform a 5 to 10 minute piece developed during the residency at the festival.

Applications for the Fall 2020 Object Movement Digital Puppetry Lab are now open and are due on Friday, September 11 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 17. Email us at objectmovement@centeratwestpark.org with any questions.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

OBJECT MOVEMENT PUPPETRY RESIDENCY & FESTIVAL

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OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of 15-20 minute performances. Participants meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer peer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from September 2019 to March 2019, culminating in a spring festival of performances.

Object Movement is curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins.

Important Dates

Applications due: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Applicants notified: Friday, August 9, 2019

First Residency meeting: September 10, 2019

First work-in-progress showing (closed): Tuesday, November 26

Second work-in-progress showing (invited audience): Tuesday, January 28

Object Movement Festival tech and performances: March 23 to April 5 (performances Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30)

Final residency meeting: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Workshop meetings will take place weekly at 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesdays at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimal number of absences. All residency meeting dates: September 10, 17, and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; November 5, 12, 19, and 26; December 3, 10, and 17; January 7, 14, 21, and 28; February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 3, 10, and 17; April 7.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2020. Each participant will have three total performances on one of the two weekends. Each artist will have up 20 minutes to show either a completed short work or a selection of a full-length piece.

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Stipend

All participants will receive a stipend of $250 at the residency to offset materials costs and other expenses.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2020 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 and Program B running Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B by January 2020 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $20 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

a summary of the story you are telling or experience you hope to share

the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project

the social and/or aesthetic questions you hope to explore with the project

why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing these questions and serving the intention of the project

the length of the completed piece as you envision it

when, where, and how much of the material you have already created and shared

Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.

Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Object Movement Festival for puppetry seeks submissions

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APPLICATIONS FOR OBJECT MOVEMENT 2018-2019 ARE DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 AT 5PM. 

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through May 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications due August 31, 2018
Participants notified by September 10, 2018
Residency meetings start September 18, 2018
Work in progress showing in December 2018
Performance festival May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019
Workshop meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side starting September 18, 2018 and continuing through May 2018. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimum number of absences.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019. Each participant will have at least three total performances on one of the two weekends. Final performances may be short (15-20 minutes) or full length (40-50 minutes).

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Fee

All participants will receive an equal share of the box office proceeds from the festival as an Artist Fee at the end of the residency.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2019 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 and Program B running Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B in early 2018 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $15 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

  • the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project
  • the social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical question(s) addressed in the project
  • why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing the question(s) and the conception of the project
  • the length of the piece you are hoping to perform at the festival and how much of the material you have already created, if any
  • Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.


Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund

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The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund was established in 1975 to honor the passing of a fine performer and great friend of puppetry, Rufus Rose. The Endowment Fund makes possible financial grants to active puppeteers for projects that will further the growth and development of the art of puppetry.

Contributions to the fund are invested and every other year awards are made from the interest that has accumulated. Awards generally range from $500 to $1000.

An Endowment Fund contribution is a fitting way to honor a departed friend of puppetry or to express thanks to a consultant, committee or guild. It is also a concrete way to express interest in and dedication to the art of puppetry. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. As this fund grows, more money will be available for the financing of worthy projects.

CRITERIA FOR FUNDING

The first priority of the Endowment Fund Committee is the allocation of funds to support the development and creation of NEW PROFESSIONAL PUPPET PRODUCTIONS.

These can include:
  • The production of new shows
  • The creation of experimental puppets or techniques
  • The production of puppet-related films, DVDs, videos, slide shows or publications

After production grants have been awarded, and if funds are available, puppetry projects in the field of education will be considered.

Any North American puppet company or individual puppeteer may apply for a grant from the Endowment Fund. Either the person making the application or one member of the applying company must be a current member of Puppeteers of America.

In general the Endowment Fund Committee will not fund transportation, living expenses, tours or performance bookings. Grants for equipment will be considered only if a specialized need can be demonstrated.

Proposals and requests for Endowment Fund grants are judged on the following criteria:

QUALITY: Is the project well developed, is it feasible, is the budget realistic?

CREDIBILITY: Based on your past performances and on recommendations. Visuals and a script outline are important.

IMPACT: Will the project serve as a pilot? Will it stimulate further activity? Will it help develop an artist or group? How large an audience will it reach?
DEADLINES
Grant applications are due by: April 15, 2017Awards will be determined by mid-June, 2017
Money award will be available by the PofA National Festival, July 18-22, 2017

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