NBC Now Casting International Puppet Show Competition


I was hoping you could forward our casting notice to your members.


Experienced and 1st time puppet acts for new competition series.

For Los Angeles Acts, there will be scheduled private auditions.

Please submit a performance video – phone and email info.

Email to sarahfurlongcasting@gmail.com

Sarah Furlong Casting

Casting Producer


Grant Application Deadline-September 7th (For Round 1)

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Applications for Round I are due September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017. Click here for additional deadlines.

How to apply for USArtists International

Step 1: Read program guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility. Guidelines have been revised for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Join us for a webinar below! 

Step 2: Review the work sample and budget instructions.

Step 3: Complete the online application.

Thinking about applying? There's a webinar for you!

Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants, and are most helpful when attended in sequence.

USArtists International: Am I eligible?

Webinar CompletedView the Recorded Webinar

USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. Gain a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are encouraged to review.

August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants

2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!
In USArtists International: 2017 Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. A recording of this webinar will be made available on our website a week after completion.

USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

USArtists International is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for grantees in the Chicago area is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional support for grantees in New York City is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.


6 Day Master Class in Australia-Presented by Erth and Carriageworks

Video featuring Ricky Syers work - Ricky & Doris: A Unconventional Friendship in New York City.Hi there.

MASTERCLASS - 12 to 17 September 2016

Cost $600 AU, Includes puppet making materials, suitable for 18+

Information and bookings through Erth - info@erth.com.au

Erth, in partnership with Carriageworks and artist Ricky Syers are presenting a six-day masterclass in September for puppeteers and puppet makers. The master class is for those wanting to further their skills in puppet making and puppet manipulation. Explore principles of design and construction covering some of the key materials and techniques that have become part of Erth’s signature practice. Learn performance techniques and intuition skills to create authentic puppetry.

To participate in the master class please submit the following items to info@erth.com.au:

  • A short intro outlining who you are and the nature of your creative practice (Max 1 page)
  •  CV or Resume
  • 5-10 images of your work or up to 3 web links to your work







Classical tale turns modern allegory through puppetry

Director and puppet creator Janni Younge works with one of her puppets for “The Firebird,” which will make its U.S. debut at six summer orchestra festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Luke Younge Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/arts-culture/arts-blog/article91080547.html#storylink=cpy

Director and puppet creator Janni Younge works with one of her puppets for “The Firebird,” which will make its U.S. debut at six summer orchestra festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Luke Younge
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/arts-culture/arts-blog/article91080547.html#storylink=cpy

Check out this article from the Idaho Statesman news blog. By Dana Oland http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/arts-culture/arts-blog/article91080547.html



                  *24 to 30 September 2016 * Lodz Poland*

   Facebook: World Puppet Carnival* Email: puppetcarnival@gmail.com


Support Puppet Arts! It's Good for Humanity!   


Dear Puppeteers:
World Puppet Carnival with Arlekin Puppet Theatre, Ministry of Culture Poland and city of Lodz invite you to participate in the spectacular “Harmony World Puppet Carnival” in Lodz, Poland from 24 to 30 September 2016. The best Puppet productions (theatre, video and film) from all over the world will be selected to perform in Lodz one of the most beautiful and Artistic European City.

You are invited to present your Puppet Art: show, video, or film for children, family or adults in Polandto share your talent with the world, learn about other cultures, and you will be able to meet the amazing Poland life, customs and culture, to present your Art in Lodz, city of Arthur Rubinstein and Roman Polanski.

Your program can be traditional, classic, new, innovative or experimental, for theatres andstreets. Groups, duos, and solo performers with big spectacles or small performances are encouraged to apply.

The Harmony World Puppet Carnival” is a competition. Valuable prizes with Gran Prix Award will be awarded by an Intercontinental Jury. The Prize categories include Best Animation, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Scenery, Best Puppet Design, Best Film, Best Video, Best Children Performance, Best Original Performance, Best Traditional Performance, Best Artistic Creation and Gran Prix for the Best CarnivalPerformance.

Participants at the World Puppet Carnival will be provided with accommodation, meals, local transportation and daily pocket money.

You are kindly asked to choose one of your performances, film or video and send with completedon DVD or USB Flash Drive with required materials by post to the Carnival before30 April 2016. The Carnival Directorium will announceselectedPerformances, Films and Video on 15 May 2016.  

You need to send :

- Completed Application Form

- DVD or USB Flash Drive with Show, Film or Video

- 5 photos of the Show, Film or Video

- A short Summary –story- of the Show, Film or Video

Send your complete application with required materials to main World Puppet Carnival  address:

World Puppet Carnival

P.O.BOX 21

150 19 Prague 519

Czech Republic

World Puppet Carnival the world's largest Puppet eventwelcomes Puppeteers from all over the World to meet and present their Art in the one of most ArtisticEuropean city Lodz in Poland, with most beautiful Puppet theatre in the world. 

Rod Petrovic, World Puppet Carnival Artistic Director  



Humber College Puppetry Intensive

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

I am writing to you on behalf of Humber College’s Theatre Production Program to give you some information about the Humber College Puppetry Intensive.  This year we are offering a 14-day workshop: June 12-25, 2016. Last year we had a lot of interest from both students and teachers in all areas of theatre and dance; performance, design and production, and fine art. 

To find out more about the Intensive and to apply to our program please visit our website: www.humberpuppetry.ca

More Info: The Intensive is an exciting, vigorous, hands-on, 12-day training program in the art of puppet theatre.  It is designed to introduce participants to all of the basics of puppetry from design and construction to performance creation. Our registration is open to puppeteers, artists, teachers, writers, performers, designers, dancers, or anyone interested in integrating puppetry into their creative practice. All workshops are taught by some of the best professional puppetry artists in North America, in our outstanding facilities, in small groups focused on your ability and interests.

Dates and Tuition:

The Intensive will run from June 12th – 25th, 2016 with one day off half way through the program.

Early Bird Applicants Pay Only: $1375 + HST - To receive the Early Bird discount apply by April 8, 2016. 

Regular Tuition: $1,575.00 + HST - Final application deadline is May 16, 2016. 

Tuition includes materials, social events and Industry Networking Night. 

We're proud to say there hasn't been an increase in tuition in three years! 


All classes will take place in the recently renovated, state-of-the-art facilities at the Humber College Arts and Media Studios, situated by beautiful lake Ontario parkland, the Historic Lakeshore Campus and a short streetcar/subway ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

We would like to thank you for helping us to get the word out about this amazing program over the years and hope that you will help us spread the word again this year.

Please feel free to contact me if you require any additional information.

Yours truly,

Shawna Reiter

Coordinator - Humber College Puppetry Intensive

Theatre Production Program

Humber Arts and Media Studios

300 Birmingham Street, 

Toronto, ON, M8V 2E6


416-675-6622, ext. 3670

Grant: Arts Oasis Residency for Performers

Grants for professional performers announced:
dancers, choreographers, actors of dance, physical theatre, drama, musical theatre, contemporary circus artists, movement directors, physical theatre directors, multidisciplinary artists.

The grant covers accommodation and meals
during participation in the international arts residency in Tuscany, Italy.

The program is based at the territory of the XII century Monastery famous for being the place of seclusion for the legendary Dante Alighieri.

Residency dates:
May 25 - June 1, 2016

Arts Oasis is the annual international multidisciplinary residency for performing arts practitioners from all over the world, passionate and inspired by movement, dance and physical theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from different countries.

The grant applications are considered on the basis of the candidates experience and qualifications. Priority is given to those artists who are able to show their potential to professional development and motivation to participate in contemporary performing arts processes at international level. The number of grants is limited.

For grant conditions and application guidelines, please view:


Announcing 2016 New England Puppet Intensive Dates

Join us for 15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance presented by members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Instruction focuses on physical awareness, character development, ensemble building & puppet design. In addition, participants will work toward the development of original material presented at the end of the workshop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

The New England Puppet Intensive aims to create an environment which fosters colloquy, experimentation, and collaborative development—framework which we believe promotes truly inspired work. Sessions start at 9am and go well into the evening. The fields and facilities at Buxton School in Williamstown allow us to work indoors and out, bringing our creative laboratory into the natural surroundings of this hillside playground. Several blocks of time will be designated as "time-off/artist-dates" when participants may choose to explore some of the surrounding arts and culture venues including Mass MoCAThe ClarkTanglewood, and the Willimington Flea Market

The New England Puppet Intensive is open to puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, designers, teachers, visual artists, writers, and anyone with a willing spirit.

Where and When: August 5 – 21, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Tuition: Register before May 1: $1850. Register after May 1: $1950. Tuition includes materials, shared accommodation and meals.

Questions? Please write dave@newenglandpuppet.org, call 413-652-7249 or visit www.NewEnglandPuppet.org

Puppet Workshop in Morinesio, Italy

Dear friends and previous attendees of the Morinesio Puppet Workshop,

We are delighted to let you know that we will do our next session in 2016 with Alex & Sophia and wanted to keep you posted as soon as possible.

Here is the information about the Workshop:

The planned dates of the workshop are Saturday June 25 until Sunday July 3, 2016 with arrival on Friday June 24th.

  1. The cost of the workshop includes:
  2. Workshop fee
  3. Lodging (price dependent on single, double or shared accommodation)
  4. Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner incl. local wine)
  5. Occitan dancing lessons (depending on number of participants)
  6. Festa participation
  7. Local sightseeing (cheese farm, hair museum, and local transportation)
  8. Pizza & bread baking in ancient community wood oven

Costs not included in the workshop are:

-- Transportation to/from Morinesio (flights/taxi transfer from/to the airport – either Nice or Turin)

Based on the kind of accommodation the price ranges from around 2,290 - to 3,290 Euros per participant.

There is a 1,000 Euro (about 1,250 US$) enrollment deposit required to get a confirmed participation.

You can enroll via email with us and we will provide you with any further information. We are already getting the first enrollments and if you were interested in the lower fees, it would be very good to enroll asap. 

Minimum attendance of 10 participants. If less than 10 are enrolled by April 1, 2016 the workshop may be cancelled and enrollment deposits would be refunded.

You can also use our website www.casadeifiori.com under apartments to get some impressions about the accommodation and the beauty of the area. There you will also find the details about the workshop under special events.

  An important item may be the possibility to go for the early bird booking discount

o  of   10% by booking prior to January 15th, 2016.

o   Of    5% by booking prior to February 1st, 2016

Please use also the web sites of Sophia Michahelles & Alex Kahn, the artists running the workshop, under www.processionalart.org  andwww.superiorconcept.org to get further details about the puppet production during the workshop and the background of this annual event.

You can also direct any questions to them regarding the puppet production, themes etc.

If you need any further information about prices, travel etc., do not hesitate to let us know.  

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Christa Gaebler

Frz. Morinesio 89, I-12020 Stroppo, CN, Italia

Fon +39-0171-999303 email@casadeifiori.com 

www.casadeifiori.com  & www.casadelsole-morinesio.com