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artistic residencies

The O'Neill's campus is buzzing year round with artists working in residence. For more information on these programs, please see below and reach out to the designated contacts.

Applications were due by Friday, July 14th, 2023 11:59pm PST.


The Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency expands and broadens the work of the National Puppetry Conference by partnering with the O’Neill to provide space and support to an artist/company working on the final stages of a new work of puppet theater.


  • Residencies may be between 2-3 weeks, can support up to 10-12 project participants, and covers full room and board.

  • A unique feature of the residency, dramaturgical support for the project will be provided by the O'Neill's literary office.

  • The residency can take place during specific windows of time in the winter, spring, or fall months.

  • The residency is intended to be the last phase of work on a production before its premiere within 1 year of the residency.

  • At this time the focus of the residency is work for adults.

  • Projects that will only take place outside of the United States are not eligible.

  • Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist must be American.

  • 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.

  • The residency does not include access to technical equipment or support.

  • Preference is given to projects that have received or are applying for a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant.


Interested puppeteers and puppetry companies are invited to submit Letters of Intent:

  • a one-page Project Description

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

  • a one-page visual

Submit one multipage 8.5" x 11." PDF. Proposals need to include:

  • A clear plot outline

  • 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 must be of the puppetry in this specific piece.


Letters of intent and materials must be received by 11:59pm PST Friday, July 14, 2023 for consideration. Letters of intent are accepted only via online submission. Click here to submit your letter of intent.


You will receive an email of receipt within three business days of submission. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact Jim Henson Foundation manager Z. Briggs at the email address below.


Approximately five proposals will be chosen to submit full applications due mid-October. Final selections will be made by early December. The proposals will be reviewed by a six-person panel composed of Jim Henson Foundation and O'Neill representatives.


For questions, please email

At select times throughout the year, the O'Neill offers alumni artists the opportunity to work in residence on independent projects. For more information about how to apply, please email Line Producer Jorge Lopez Rivera at

The O’Neill offers partner companies the opportunity to work in-residence. With our versatile spaces, charming buildings, and large 12-acre campus, the O'Neill provides the ideal spot to gather as a creative team. For more information and pricing, email Line Producer Jorge Lopez Rivera at

The Scarecrow (Henson Residency)
Kim & Heath Saunders in Residency
Cameron Crowe & Tom Kitt in Residency with Almost Famous
Florencia Iriondo's South in Residency
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