Organization: Puppet Kitchen
Location: Ridgewood, Queens or East Village, Manhattan
Timeframe: Summer 2018, 8-10 weeks
Deadline: February 2018
Description: The Fellowship position will be a combination of Puppet Kitchen’s Studio Apprentice and Management Apprentice positions.
Puppet Kitchen Apprentices assist skilled designers and builders on studio projects, so a typical day might include hands-on building, a brief lesson on a new material, a shopping run and help with studio upkeep. Occasionally, Studio Apprentices help teach workshops or join us onstage or backstage in performances. Skill-building at the PK is both self-directed and supported: apprentices are trained in materials and techniques for puppet building and are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process. Apprentices may also staff occasional professional development workshops at the PK and attend them free of charge.
The PKP Management Apprentice assists the three Head Chefs (Emily, Eric, and Michael) as well as our Studio Manager on both project-based and company business. A typical day could include attending our morning meeting, scheduling coordination with staff, taking photos of puppet builds in progress and putting together a presentation for a client.
All PKP Apprentices work on a project of their own during their time at the PK. This can be as simple as research into a particular type of puppet, a building project, a short cabaret style performance piece or something else. Apprentices are invited to use the studio facilities to develop their own work. We meet weekly as a group to discuss project development, troubleshoot and problem solve, and gather materials, advice, and ideas for the next week’s work.
Applicants should have some experience in puppet making, art fabrication, sculpture, theater tech (costume/set/props) or any combination of those fields. Direct puppet making or puppetry performance experience is a bonus but is not necessary. Organizational or administrative experience is desired and familiarity with theater production, or stage management is a plus. Other desired skills: familiarity with Macintosh OS, Google Apps, good oral and written communication skills, familiarity with WordPress, Photoshop, iMovie, etc a plus. We look for curious, self-motivated individuals whose work in puppetry will continue to develop beyond their time with us.
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