Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency

National Puppetry ConferenceHeld at the O'Neill's Waterford campus, the residency expands and broadens the work of the National Puppetry Conference and offers space and support to a deserving artist/company towards the completion of a new work of puppet theater. Interested puppeteers and puppetry companies are invited to submit Letters of Intent.

Residencies may be between 2-4 weeks, can support up to 10-12 project participants, and covers full room and board. Dramaturgical support for the project will be provided by the O'Neill's literary office, a unique feature of the residency that is comparable to the support offered to plays developed at the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference.  The residency can take place during the winter, spring, or fall months, with space available beginning in January 2018.

The residency is intended to be the last phase of work on a production before its ultimate premiere within 1 year of the residency.  At this time the focus of the residency is work for adults.

Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist must be American.  Projects that will only take place outside of the United States are not eligible.

In addition to the residency, a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the artists by the Jim Henson Foundation to help cover expenses.

Those interested in applying must submit the following multi-page PDF for review in the Letter of Intent stage:

• a one-page Project Description
• a one-page artist(s) description and/or company bio
• a one-page visual

All PDF pages must be 8.5" x 11." Proposals need to include a clear plot outline, a description of the dramatic arc of the piece, what kinds of puppets will be used, and how those puppets are integral to the work. The one-page visual can be a photograph, illustration, or combination of images that are directly relevant to the puppetry proposed in the project. If your visual has notes or captions, please be sure to include them with the imagery. 

> For questions, please email info@hensonfoundation.org

Letters of intent and materials must be received by 11;59pm PST Monday, July 17, 2017 for consideration. Letters of intent are accepted only via online submission.

Letter of Intent Submission Link: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/HensonFoundation

You will receive an email of receipt from our office within 3 business days of submission.  If you do not receive an email, please contact us.

Approximately 5 proposals will be chosen to submit full applications due at the end of October. Final selections will be made by early December. The proposals will be reviewed by a five-person panel composed of Jim Henson Foundation and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center representatives.