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Resident Artist - Call for Applications
Apply by: April 1, 2017
Puppet Showplace Theater seeks an established or emerging puppetry artist to join our team in a multi-year residency relationship. Through this creative partnership, the artist will be able to impact diverse audiences of all ages throughout New England and beyond.
About the Position
Puppet Showplace Theater, established in 1974, is a non-profit puppetry center located at the intersection of Boston’s urban and suburban communities. As a presenting theater, Puppet Showplace works with 30+ professional puppetry companies each year to present more than 300 performances to 20,000+ audience members at our Brookline Village location. The theater reaches thousands more through our numerous off-site shows and events.
The Puppet Showplace Resident Artist is an essential member of the Puppet Showplace team, and a key ambassador to the community we serve. The Resident Artist fulfills the theater’s mission by bringing exceptional quality, professionalism, and a welcoming spirit to all of the theater’s programming, including performances, workshops, and community outreach activities.
Depending on the artist’s abilities, interests, and available repertoire, annual residency activities could include:
- Performances at Puppet Showplace for youth and family audiences.
- Touring of shows to schools, birthday parties, and cultural centers.
- Workshops, classes, camps, or school residencies for students of all ages and abilities, pre-k to adult.
- Creative development of new work.
- Designing, building, or performing in large-scale puppetry collaborations with regional theaters or community organizations.
- Appearances in puppet slams or in the Puppets at Night series for adults.
In partnership with the Artistic Director, the Resident Artist may propose, design, and implement new productions, performance series, workshops, or outreach programs for Puppet Showplace Theater to present. Whenever possible, the theater will provide resources to support the artist’s development of new programming.
The Resident Artist is an independent contractor. A yearly agreement establishes the scope of his or her partnership with Puppet Showplace Theater and sets prices and target frequencies for all potential puppetry activities. Specific bookings are individually subcontracted with the artist, allowing for flexibility in the volume and scheduling of activities within a given residency year. As an Independent Contractor, the Resident Artist maintains autonomy as a company while working in partnership with Puppet Showplace Theater.
For the duration of the residency, Puppet Showplace will be the exclusive presenter of the Resident Artist’s puppetry work. In most cases, the Resident Artist will have right of first refusal for all bookings arranged through the theater. Puppet Showplace will represent the resident artist in all contract negotiations related to touring performances and privately contracted puppetry events. Puppet Showplace will also serve as a fiscal sponsor for any grant-funded puppetry projects that the Resident Artist may pursue.
Depending on the resident artist’s available repertoire, Puppet Showplace will guarantee the artist an annual number of bookings in our mainstage series for youth and family audiences.
Puppet Showplace staff will provide the artist with professional administrative services related to contracted work, including promotions and client relations services. While Puppet Showplace will be the Resident Artist’s exclusive presenter, the Resident Artist retains ownership of his or her productions, teaching curriculum, and other creative work product.
Any special circumstances related to the Resident Artist contract can be proposed and discussed during the interview process.
Historically, this position has generated between $30,000 and $40,000 of annual contract income for the artist, depending on the volume of commitments taken on in a given year. We project that this amount will expand as new revenue-generating programming is proposed and introduced. Mini-grants are also available to support the artist’s development of new programs or productions.
The artist will have access to numerous in-kind resources, including Puppet Showplace Theater’s performance, storage, and teaching facilities. The artist will also receive guidance and support from the Artistic Director, the past resident artists, and the vibrant community of visiting artists who perform at the theater each year.
The Resident Artist operates under a 1-year contract, with the hope that it will be renewed annually to create a multi-year partnership between the artist and the theater. The exact time commitment in any given year is flexible and variable based on the artist’s preferred schedule and availability. Current resident artist activities take anywhere from 10 to 40+ hours a week and may include daytime hours, nights, and weekends. The artist maintains the right to decline any particular booking offered within the contract term.
The Resident Artist would ideally begin orientation and some teaching responsibility during summer 2017, with the official first term of the residency beginning in fall 2017.
This position can accommodate other part-time work or teaching commitments.
- A contagious enthusiasm for and extensive knowledge of puppetry arts.
- At least 3 years of professional puppetry or related performing arts experience.
- Experience teaching puppetry in a variety of settings to multiple ages and abilities.
- A repertoire of full-length (appx. 45 min) performances for youth and family audiences OR a willingness and demonstrated ability to create performances for this demographic within the first year of the residency.
- A commitment to inclusion and experience working in diverse communities.
- Geographic proximity to Greater Boston, or ability to fulfill regular work commitments in this area.
- Ability to work well with a small team and manage projects independently in a non-profit theater setting.
Please familiarize yourself with Puppet Showplace Theater’s mission, history, and current programming. Mission / History
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A 500 to 1000 word statement of interest summarizing past experiences and current artistic and professional goals. How, as Resident Artist, would you hope to impact the communities we serve?
- A resume or c.v. of past work experience.
- Other supporting documentation that demonstrates your past puppetry work: press, awards, behind-the-scenes video, upcoming tour schedule, etc.
- Three professional references with titles and contact information.
- A link to a portfolio demonstrating the scope and quality of your creative work. Photo and video documentation are encouraged.
Deadline to Apply
April 1, 2017
Puppet Showplace Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.