We are looking for 8 of the best puppeteers in the UK to join the
2022 Puppet Academy Team
WHAT IS IT?
Puppet Academy is a special training week taking place from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th August, during this time you will be part of the team developing and rehearsing a puppet production to be showcased at the 2022 Puppet & Creative Ministry Festival taking place at Rugby College on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October (more details on the Festival to be confirmed soon). Whilst Puppet Academy is intense, it's also an excellent opportunity to really advance your puppetry skills and be part of a team in bringing a full performance together. PLUS, it’s great fun and the friendships made during Puppet Academy last long after the week has finished.
"2019 has been my first year at Academy, and the entire experience has been absolutely brilliant. It’s been an opportunity to do some amazing puppetry that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise, and a chance to get to know a fantastic group of people who are passionate about both puppetry and God. Everyone there was so welcoming, and it’s really been the highlight of my year. If anyone is considering whether or not to apply, I would wholeheartedly recommend going for it. A massive thanks to everyone on the team this year for making this such a great experience, it’s been an absolute blast, and I can’t wait for the festival!" Jonny Crookes, Puppet Academy Team Member 2019
WHERE IS IT?
The Puppet Academy week is held at a venue in Grimsby, Lincolnshire with local accommodation provided.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
If you are selected to be part of the team, there is a nominal cost to you of £100, this will go towards the cost of your accommodation, food for the week and the teaching you will receive. The Puppet & Creative Ministry Festival will be free to all Puppet Academy team members (including meals and accommodation).
DO I QUALIFY?
To be able to apply, you need to be over the age of sixteen (we require parental consent for those aged under 18 years) and be a competent rod-arm puppeteer.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Simply complete the online application form below and include a link to a video of you demonstrating your skills with a puppet. This can be on YouTube/Vimeo/DropBox etc. or can be emailed separately to email@example.com. For the video:
- This must include lip synchronisation to a music track.
- The performance needs to have been recorded specifically for this application.
- It should last between three minutes to six minutes.
- The performance should be in an un-curtained stage so that your technique can be observed clearly by the judging panel.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th May 2022.
WHEN WILL I HEAR IF I'VE MADE THE TEAM?
We will notify all applicants by Friday 13th May 2022.
If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01472 362810. Huge thanks to Catrin for the original footage used in the Puppet Academy video! To see even more from her experience of her time on the Puppet Academy team see the full video here.