National Puppetry Conference Tuition

Room and board are included in tuition price. 
 
Pre-Conference Only

Pre-Conference Intensives

$575

Main Conference Only


Participant

$1,100

Music Participant

$500

Emerging Artist

$750

Resident Company Member

$500

Artist In Residence

$750

Both Pre-Conference and Main Conference


Participant

$1,600

Music Participant

$1,000

Emerging Artist

$1,250

Resident Company Member

$1,000

Artist In Residence

$1,250

Materials Fee


Pre-Conference Strands with Jim Kroupa and Lisa Lichtenfels

$50

Main Conference Marionette Construction Strand

$50

 
**Please also note that some strands have additional materials fees

As listed above, a $75 discount is offered to attendees of both the pre-conference and the main conference.


 

National Puppetry Conference Scholarships


Please click on each scholarship to learn more. The application for scholarships is included within the application for conference attendance.
 
All gifts toward puppetry scholarships are appreciated and go directly to support the next generation of puppetry artists. Click below to make a donation, or contact development@theoneill.org for more information. 
 
Allelu Kurten Generous Spirit Scholarship

Please help us honor the memory of the one and only Allelu Kurten with a donation to the "Generous Spirit Scholarship" that has been created in her memory.

                                     






Lisa Simon Scholarship

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On April 4, 2015, we lost a dear friend in Lisa Simon, longtime producer and director on "Sesame Street", on her 64th birthday. Winner of 20 Emmys over a career spanning four decades, Lisa started with a summer job as a file clerk and a caretaker for children who appeared on the show during the early days and rose to supervising producer/director of "Sesame Street". She directed shows for "Between the Lions", "Oobi" and many humanitarian outreach projects.

The Lisa Simon scholarship is awarded to a female director whose work is currently or is growing in the puppet arts.

Please consider a gift to the Lisa Simon Scholarship. 

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Jerry Nelson Scholarship

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This scholarship honors one of the great character puppeteers, Jerry Nelson, and is awarded to puppeteers who have a special interest in character and vocal development of puppet performances.

Please consider a gift to the Jerry Nelson Scholarship: 

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Alumni Grants

Alumni Grants are awarded to returning participants who display a desire to retool their thinking about their work in the art of puppetry.  These artists display a strong desire to learn new skills or challenge themselves in unconventional ways thus bringing a newly invigorated desire for growth to the conference and to themselves.  

The Alumni Grants, formerly the Alumni Scholarship and Travel stipend, began through the generous and passionate efforts of conference alumnus Honey Goodenough.  For these heartfelt efforts, the conference and The O'Neill are truly indebted to this truly ardent artist and all who helped her to support this grassroots effort.


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Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Scholarship in honor of Margo Rose

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Given by the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry. Margo Rose was one of American Puppetry's pioneers, with over 60 years of contributions to the field. In 1931, Margo, with her husband Rufus, started the Rufus Rose Marionettes. They were founding members of the Puppeteers of America and organized the first festival in 1937. Rufus and Margo are perhaps best known for giving life to the marionettes of the popular television program Howdy Doody. The couple went on to win a Peabody Award for the best children's program for their series The Blue Ferry. In addition, Margo was a founding member of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1964 and one of the founders of the National Puppetry Conference at the O'Neill in 1991. 

 

 




Eric Engelhardt Memorial Scholarship

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Partial scholarship award, for up to 2 people per conference year.

For first-time attendees, a partial scholarship for a "diamond in the rough" in puppetry, 2 awards maximum per yearly conference. The Eric Engelhardt Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an individual exploring puppetry much in the spirit of our friend and colleague, E. When Eric first participated in the Puppetry Conference in 1996, he was a sculptor, musician, and new-ish puppet builder at the Jim Henson Company, but did not have much previous puppeteering experience. That year, he performed in guest artist Larry Hunt’s ensemble, created his first participant piece called Redstone, and created the musical score for and puppeteered in Ronald Binion’s The Alien Cow Puppet Show. He returned the following summer as an ensemble member in Jon Ludwig’s “Home” and performed in additional participant projects. These two summers at the O’Neill contributed to Eric’s decade-long New York career as a puppet builder and table-top team puppeteer in TV and theater.

In addition to being a first-time attendee, applicants for the Eric Engelhardt memorial scholarship should have professional arts experience or be well-versed in another or several other art forms, but have had limited or nontraditional exposure/training in the art of puppetry.  In addition to being a part of the main conference, the participant is asked to create his or her own participant piece, or have a major contributing role in another participant’s project. He or she is also asked to host the Eric Engelhardt Memorial Karaoke night that happens mid-week during the conference.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Scholarship

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center offers this scholarship for anyone who is in financial need and shows a talent and commitment to the art of puppetry. The O'Neill Center recognizes the need to continue to support the art of puppetry while holding participants to a higher standard to further the development of puppet works.

This is a need-based scholarship awarded to conference candidates who are in need of financial support.

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Minority Scholarship

The Minority Scholarship is intended to build and promote the community of minority puppeteers in this country. Past recipients have gone on to join the casts of many well known television and Broadway shows as well as create and perform their own small works of puppet theater. All are encouraged to apply with passion.

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