artistic residencies

jim henson foundation puppetry residency

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic there will be no application cycle for the Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency this year. Please check back in 2021 for information about the next granting cycle. Applications are now closed for 2020. Held at the O'Neill, the Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry 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.

  • Residencies may be between 2-4 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 the winter, spring, or fall months.
  • 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.
  • 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 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. If your visual has notes or captions, please be sure to include them with the imagery.
Letters of intent and materials must be received by 11:59pm PST Monday July 15, 2019 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 3 business days of submission. If you do not receive an email, please contact please contact Z. Briggs at the email below.

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 O'Neill representatives.

> For questions, please email

commercial theater institute

The Commercial Theater Institute is a project of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and The Broadway League. Dedicated to training the next generation of commercial theater producers, CTI provides resources and guidance to individuals interested exploring the various paths toward creating commercial productions for the stage. CTI's O'Neill Summer Workshop is a one-of-a-kind chance to explore the creative contributions a producer makes to the development and selling of a show. In a three-day, hands-on intensive program, teams of participants will develop plans for a selection of plays and musicals at the O’Neill's National Music Theater Conference and National Playwrights Conference. The experience will be a mixture of talks and breakout sessions with working producers and theater professionals, interaction with writers and directors, and group discussion. The curriculum and setting provide a unique opportunity to interact with the O’Neill’s renowned artistic community and to be part of the development process at the O’Neill’s beautiful campus on the Connecticut shore. The workshop culminates with the teams presenting their strategies to a panel of industry professionals. The program is led by Tom Viertel — CTI Executive Director, O’Neill Board Chair, and Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer — along with an all-star faculty from the New York theater community. The 2019 residency will be held from July 9 - July 13. > Learn more & apply

independent residencies at the o'neill

At select times throughout the year, the O'Neill offers alumni and partner companies the opportunity to work in-residence on independent projects. For more information, please email


Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

305 Great Neck Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Administrative Offices: (860) 443-5378



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