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Friday, April 05, 2013



Call for Talent

Deadline: May 1

We’re looking for puppeteers to participate in a performance series in east Somerville


The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) seeks to support and present local puppet companies in the area. SAC seeks touring puppeteers and puppet companies for a curated outdoor performance series of short-form (5 to 20 minutes) puppetry works that will take place on the streets, parking lots, municipal parks, and other found outdoor spaces located in east Somerville. We are open to various models-- series of short vignettes or an evening of longer performances. We anticipate that the series will take place on Tuesdays in June and that we will support four to six productions.

The SAC will provide:

• Joint marketing

• Permitting & Location scouting

Performances Companies will provide:

• A production ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length (with the possibility for multiple performances in an evening)

• Joint marketing

• An appreciation for the complexity of outdoor productions

• Applicants may propose work from one company or a combination of companies.

Performers will be compensated. Submit the fee for the production. If applicable, include pricing for multiple shows. Please indicate if price is negotiable.

Preplanning: Applicants should scope out the locations below or other public areas; i.e. parks, public squares and determine three dates in order of preference. Applicants may propose an indoor space but SAC is not budgeting for space rental expenses. Puppeteers are expected to be technically self-sufficient and to plan or adapt their productions to the contingencies of site-specific outdoor performance.If you wish to discuss whether an area is appropriate please contact : Heather Balchunas at or 617.625.6600 ext. 2985.

How to Apply:

Send an email to with “SomPuppet” as the header, and provide the following info:

Applicant or Company name:

E-mail & Phone:

Brief Bio and summary of puppetry experience (75-words or less):

Proposed piece title:

Thematic description of piece:

Technical description of piece (set-up time, run time, technical elements required, number of performers, style of puppetry, range of audience size, sight-line concerns, etc.):


Link to media (images, video, press, etc.):

Preferred location:

Site specific elements: How will your piece “fit in” to your proposed location?:

Preferred Dates:

From locations provided below or other locations along Broadway Ave. in east Somerville. This area is easily accessible from I-93 and the Orange Line, Sullivan Square Station. View a community map: map/ ).

SAC has secured these spaces/locations but open to other locations with your own site secure efforts:

__Outdoor Balcony of Mudflat Studios

__Great facade facing street to the left of Broadway Brake View location at

__Library Courtyard

__Other location ______________________________

Deadline: May 1

Deadline: May 1

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

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