Puppet Showplace Theater welcomes inquiries from outstanding professional puppetry companies interested in bringing full length productions to our stage.
Companies selected for our mainstage season typically perform 6-8 shows/week, depending on the time of year. Performances are 40-60 minutes in length with no intermission, targeting families and school groups with children ages 3-10.
Companies selected for Puppets at Night typically perform 2-5 times during weekday and/or weekend evenings. Performances are ideally 1-2 hours long and target adult audiences.
To submit your production for consideration, please e-mail Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum (email@example.com) with the following materials:
- Statement of Interest
- Show Title and Description
- Company/Performer Bio
- Tech rider with stage dimensions, lighting/sound/electrical needs, and number of performers
- Link to a video of the complete show
You can also mail submissions to:
Puppet Showplace Theater
Attn: Artistic Director
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Incubator New Works Development Program
Puppet Showplace annually supports the development of several 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. Incubator projects culminate in January with extended runs for youth and family audiences during the “New Year! New Shows!” series.
Incubator applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in developing a production through Incubator, please send a statement of interest, work sample, and initial production proposal to artistic director Roxanna Myhrum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Incubator Productions:
- Lollipops for Breakfast by Bonnie Duncan, The Secret Agents (2014/2015)
- 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)
- The Yankee Peddler: Stories and Songs from Old New England by Brad Shur and Chris Monti (2013)
Puppet Slam Submissions
The Puppet Showplace Slam features short form puppetry performances in many different styles. Information about slam submissions is available on the Puppet Slam page.
Learn Puppetry / Teach Classes
Puppet Showplace offers a wide variety of classes taught by professional puppeteers. Information about workshops and classes for adults can be found on our Education pages. If you are interested in teaching at Puppet Showplace, please send a resume and statement of interest to Roxanna Myhrum at email@example.com.
Other Puppetry Resources
Boston Area Guild of Puppetry – The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry is a collection of puppeteers and puppet enthusiasts dedicated to celebrating and advancing the art of puppetry in upper New England. The guild holds meetings several times each year to share knowledge and inspiration and to offer support to other puppeteers. Guild members receive a bi-monthly newsletter and are eligible for scholarships to attend national festivals or other puppetry training programs. http://www.puppetsbostonguild.org
Puppeteers of America – The Puppeteers of America is dedicated to advancing the art of puppetry. P of A publishes The Puppetry Journal and produces national and regional puppetry festivals across the country. http://www.puppeteers.org/
UNIMA-USA – Unima-USA is the American branch of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette. UNIMA is dedication to promoting international friendship through the art of puppetry. UNIMA publishes Puppetry International and sponsors the UNIMA awards, the highest honor in American puppetry. http://www.unima-usa.org/
The Jim Henson Foundation – The Jim Henson Foundation offers annual grants to puppeteers developing new productions and publishes “Puppet Happenings,” a newsletter of contemporary puppet theatre. http://www.hensonfoundation.org/
Puppet Slam Network – IBEX puppetry’s Puppet Slam Network aims to catalogue, connect, support, and raise awareness for puppet slam producers and artists across the country. http://puppetslam.blogspot.com/