Incubator: New Works by Local Artists

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Puppet Showplace supports the development of world premiere puppetry productions by local artists. Incubator puppeteers become part of a supportive artistic community and receive rehearsal space, a materials stipend, and fiscal sponsorship for outside funding. They also participate in peer reviews and periodic works-in-progress showings with members of the community.

Incubator projects typically culminate in January and February with extended world premier runs for youth and family audiences during the β€œNew Year! New Shows!” series. Incubator shows have been seen by thousands of people across Greater Boston and New England, and have gone on to tour nationally and internationally.

Incubator applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in developing a production through the Incubator program, please send a statement of interest, work sample, and initial production proposal to artistic director Roxanna Myhrum at artistic@puppetshowplace.org.

2019-2020 Incubator Productions

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My Night in the Planetarium

by Tanya Nixon-Silberg, Wee The People

based on the book by Innosanto Nagara
puppet design by Sarah Nolen

Innosanto Nagara's story of political repression and resistance in Indonesia comes to life as a dynamic pop-up book puppetry performance. The piece is filled with visual surprises, fascinating discoveries, and moments of profound humanity, all seen through the eyes of a curious child.

Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social justice project for kids. Launched in 2015 by two Black mothers, WTP organizes free, interactive workshops and events that explore activism, resistance, and social action through the visual and performing arts: music, dance/movement, theater, graphic arts, spoken word, and storytelling.

Join us for a work in progress sharing on August 4, 2019. More info coming soon.
Full performance dates: February 1-17, 2020.

This project is made possible (in part) by the Jim Henson Foundation and a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

Past Incubator Productions:

  • Judy Saves the Day by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist (2019)

  • Go Home Tiny Monster by The Gottabees (2019)

  • The Fairy Tailor by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist (2018)

  • The Bremen Town Musicians by CactusHead Puppets (2018)

  • I Spy Butterfly by Faye Dupras and Max Weigert (2017)

  • Word Play by Honey Goodenough, Good Hearted Entertainment (2016)

  • Cardboard Explosion by Brad Shur, Puppet Showplace Resident Artist (2016)

  • Lollipops for Breakfast by Bonnie Duncan, The Secret Agents (2015)

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin by CactusHead Puppets (2015)

  • The Great Red Ball Rescue by Faye Dupras, Foreign Landscapes Productions (2014)

  • Robin Hood by Brad Shur, Puppet Showplace Resident Artist (2014)

  • Squirrel Stole My Underpants by Bonnie Duncan, The Secret Agents (2013)

  • Tall Tales: Stories and Songs from Old New England by Brad Shur and Chris Monti (2013)

The Incubator program is supported by a generous gift from the Sakharoff Family Trust, given in honor of Micheline Sakharoff.