“Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Designed by David Fichter, Directed by Irina Niculescu, Produced by Madcap Productions
Photo: Philip Groshong Photography
IN THIS EDITION
Letter from the Executive Director
Volunteers Needed – Scholarship Committee, Social Media, and More
National Puppetry Festival – Registration begins in January
Apply for Festival Scholarships
PofA Grants for New Productions – Apply in January 2015
Seeking Nominations – PofA Awards
Save the Date – (Inter)National Day of Puppetry, March 21st
Job Postings on the PofA Bulletin Board
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Every December, I am inspired by all of the gifted artists who share their talents to make the holiday season special! Whether you are entertaining crowds at a department store, or bringing magical stories to life at a theater, or dressing up for a giant puppet nativity pageant (like me), I hope that puppetry lifts your spirits and connects you to others in your community.
If you’re still looking for the perfect present, give the gift of puppetry! A PofA gift membership to your favorite puppeteer or puppetry fan will bring a smile to their face and will last all year long. It is easy to do by visiting our website. Or, make a donation to ensure that PofA can offer grants and scholarships to puppeteers across the country.
Supporting PofA with a membership is a great way to keep your puppet community strong. If you have not yet renewed your own membership, renew by December 19th, and you will receive the last issue of The Puppetry Journal this year and all the issues for 2015!
“Spectacular Extravaganzas: The Puppetry of Frank Ballard,” curated by Sarah Nolen
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 2014. Photo: John Bell.
NATIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL
Registration begins in January!
The PofA National Puppetry Festival team has been hard at work all year planning an amazing festival at the University of Connecticut. Festival dates are August 10-15, 2015! Stay tuned for an e-blast with more festival announcements, including the workshop and performance roster. In the meantime, you can follow festival updates on Facebook, and make sure that your PofA membership is up to date! Registration will begin in January. Be sure to register early and SAVE!
APPLY FOR A FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline February 1
Scholarships are available to attend the National Puppetry Festival!
Scholarships cover registration fees for the festival, and are awarded by age group (“Youth” ages 12 to 17, “Young Adults” ages 18-26, and “Adults” age 27 and older).
Selection is based on completed applications, that demonstrate involvement in puppetry (current and future), support materials, letters of recommendation, energy/passion/enthusiasm, and financial need.
You must be a member of the Puppeteers of America, Inc., or be sponsored by a member organization in order to apply.
2011 Endowment Recipient: Pamela Roberts, Imagination Stage: “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”
Photo: Scott Suchman
POFA GRANTS FOR NEW PRODUCTIONS
Accepting Applications in January 2015
Beginning January 2015, PofA will be accepting proposals in the development and creation of NEW PROFESSIONAL PUPPET PRODUCTIONS. Any North American puppet company or individual puppeteer may apply for a grant. Either the person making the application or one member of the applying company must be a current member of Puppeteers of America.
The Puppeteers of America delights in giving recognition for achievements in the Art of Puppetry! Do you know any individual or group that has made an extraordinary contribution to the art form? Follow the link to find out how to make your nomination!
Puppeteers of America and Unima-USA have joined forces to celebrate the International AND National Day of Puppetry on the same date, March 21st 2015! Learn more about the National Day of Puppetry
Need ideas about how to get involved? Read this blog post about how guilds and puppetry centers around the country found creative ways to celebrate the National Day of Puppetry in 2014!
Want to get involved? E-mail Executive Director Paul Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more!