New England Puppeteers: Spend a Month in Montreal!


Calling all professional puppeteers! Puppet Showplace Theater, in partnership with Casteliers and the Montreal Arts Council, is thrilled to announce an international cross-creative residency for professional puppeteers based in Montreal and New England. Applications are due November 5, 2018.

About the Residency

With the goal of developing innovative puppetry while bringing together puppeteers from various backgrounds to exchange contemporary practices, Casteliers, the Montreal Arts Council (CAM) and Puppet Showplace Theater have teamed up to offer a residency for research and cross-creation to professional puppeteers. This international program, now in its third year, selects a Montreal artist to stay in Brookline while a New England-based puppeteer will travel to Montreal. For the visiting U.S. artist, the residency will last twenty-eight (28) days in Montreal from March 3 to 31, 2019.


New England Artists will receive the following benefits:

  • A $1000 living / per diem stipend and a $500 research and creation grant.

  • Housing for 28 days in the Outremont neighborhood of Montreal.

  • Festival pass to attend all shows at the Casteliers International Festival March 6-10.

  • Workspace, materials, and creative supplies.

While in attendance, artists will be expected to give one workshop to an audience of peer professionals.


This project is for professional puppeteers from Montreal and New England who have been working in the professional puppetry business for a minimum of five (5) years and whose experience is recognized at the national or international level. The New England puppeteer must necessarily: be a US citizen or permanent resident for at least 12 months, and be domiciled in New England for at least 12 months.  A professional puppeteer means any artist who, having acquired basic training, and possessing a competence recognized by their peers, creates, interprets, or distributes works in a professional context, devotes themselves mainly to the practice of their art, and receives remuneration for the works they produce.

How to Apply

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of artistic work (50%)

  • Interest and relevance of the project submitted by the candidate (30%)

  • Feasibility of the project (20%)

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of three (3) members from each country, whose expertise is recognized in the arts of puppetry.

For New England puppeteers, the deadline for submitting applications is Monday, November 5, 2018, before midnight. Records must be emailed to Puppet Showplace Theater Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum at:


Incomplete files will not be retained. Files sent after the deadline will not be accepted. The decision of the selection committees will be known in mid-November 2018.