Puppet Lab is our new artist incubator. Facilitated by Alison Heimstead, this program is entering its 7th year of radical, genre-expanding, boundary-pushing work, and applications are now open!
Deadline of Submission Friday, June 9, 2017, 5pm
Informational Meeting for Puppet Lab Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:30 - 9pm
Drop in for proposal feedback Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11am - 3pm
What is Puppet Lab?
Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Four artists or collaborative teams will be selected on the basis of a proposed project that will be work-shopped from mid-August 2017 through February 2018. The Puppet Lab program culminates in a public presentation at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (HOBT) in March 2018.
Puppet Lab establishes a formalized process for emerging puppet and mask theater artists to advance their artistic development – to test and create new works within a supportive and challenging workshop environment. This program gives artists the time and space to test ideas, learn from others, and receive and respond to critical feedback.
We are interested in pushing the boundaries of what we collectively consider to be “puppet theater”. We are curious and stimulated by exploratory, experimental, and innovative performance. We are interested in ideas that work within traditional forms as well as projects that are new in every way.
We look forward to supporting artists who have worked with puppets as well as artists of other disciplines who are interested in delving into a new art form: shadow puppetry, hand puppets, masks, found objects, automatons, any and all sized spectacles, rod puppets, bunraku, miniature installation, marionettes, ventriloquism, integrated media, cantastoria, toy theater, animated projections or new inventions of any of these ancient forms. We will look deeply into how stories (ideas, concept or content) are shared through the means of puppetry.
Mentoring and Support:
- Honorarium of $2000 to artist(s)
- Rehearsal space and some studio space access and temporary storage
- Materials stipend of $500
- Critical response workshops (Puppet Lab Group Sessions)
- Two sessions with guest artists
- Two Super Sessions with all participants and all mentor directors
- Honorarium of $750 to hire a Director to help artist(s) develop the work
- Modest technical support. A lighting designer, a stage manager, and a run crew will be provided. Access to HOBTʼs lighting, sound, and audio visual equipment.
- Promotion and marketing of the performances.
- Photo and Video documentation of the Performances.
Questions? Interested in reviewing past successful applications? Need help submitting your work samples?
Please contact Alison Heimstead, Performance Curator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application must be received by mail or hand delivered no later than 5pm Friday, June 9, 2017. We will announce the recipients by July 10, 2017.
To apply, submit materials to: email@example.com OR attn: PUPPET LAB / Alison Heimstead
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
This program is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.