Now Accepting Puppet Lab Applications

Emerging performance artists in Minnesota are invited to apply for Puppet Lab, a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Four artists or collaborative teams will be selected on the basis of a proposed project that will be work-shopped from mid-August 2017 through February 2018. The Puppet Lab program culminates in a public presentation at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (HOBT) in March 2018.

Selected artists will receive mentoring and support including:
• Honorarium of $2000 to artist(s)
• Rehearsal space and some studio space access and temporary storage
• Materials stipend of $500
• Critical response workshops (Puppet Lab Group Sessions)
• Two sessions with guest artists
• Two Super Sessions with all participants and all mentor directors
• Honorarium of $750 to hire a Director to help artist(s) develop the work
• Modest technical support. A lighting designer, a stage manager, and a run crew will be provided. Access to HOBTʼs lighting, sound, and audio visual equipment.
• Promotion and marketing of the performances.
• Photo and Video documentation of the Performances

Deadline of Submission Friday, June 9, 2017, 5pm

Informational Meeting for Puppet Lab Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:30 – 9pm

Drop in for proposal feedback Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11am – 3pm

About In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre brings people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. We are located at 1500 E Lake Street in Minneapolis.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

Qualifications or requirements
The artists must consider themselves emerging artists who live in Minnesota.

Jerome Foundation defines that as: Artists who have evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. Examples of recognition include: exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions.

Is it possible to be pre-emerging?
Yes, if the artist applying hasn’t created a base level amount of work. Please contact the coordinator if you have questions on this.

You are ineligible if:
• You are a full time student
• You are not a Minnesota resident by the application date (you must live in Minnesota)
• You intend to create a work of puppetry that is solely intended for youth
• You are a Puppet Lab panelist (this year)
• You are a former Puppet Lab Artist
• You are an employee at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (contracted artists are welcome to apply)

For more information and the application, please visit

Contact information

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Alison Heimstead
Web site

Respond by
Friday, June 9
Posted May 16