object movement
Puppetry Residency & Festival

 is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of 15-20 minute performances. Participants meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer peer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from September 2019 to March 2019, culminating in a spring festival of performances.

Object Movement is curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Object Movement Residency were due July 28 and are now closed. Applicants will be notified by Friday, August 9.

2019-2020 Residency Information

Important Dates

  • Applications due: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM

  • Applicants notified: Friday, August 9, 2019

  • First Residency meeting: September 10, 2019

  • First work-in-progress showing (closed): Tuesday, November 26

  • Second work-in-progress showing (invited audience): Tuesday, January 28

  • Object Movement Festival tech and performances: March 23 to April 5 (performances Fri/Sat/Sun at 7:30)

  • Final residency meeting: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Workshop meetings will take place weekly at 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesdays at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side or at a rehearsal studio in New York City. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimal number of absences. All residency meeting dates: September 10, 17, and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; November 5, 12, 19, and 26; December 3, 10, and 17; January 7, 14, 21, and 28; February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 3, 10, and 17; April 7.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Sanctuary Space on March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2020. Each participant will have three total performances on one of the two weekends. Each artist will have up 20 minutes to show either a completed short work or a selection of a full-length piece.

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Stipend

All participants will receive a stipend of $250 at the end of the residency to offset materials costs and other expenses.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2020 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 and Program B running Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B by January 2020 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $20 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

2018-2019 Object Movement Resident Artists

Hulk and Fleet by KK Tobin

An Easy Guide to Time Management by Sarah Scholl

Otherworlds by Monica Lerch

New Mony! An Aricamian Play by Maria Camia

Remembered Joys Are Never Past by Ayun Halliday

You Can See Nothing from Here by Vincent Mraz & Chris Carcione

Damascus by Jenny Hann

Dark Ages Deadly Wit by Tyler Gunther

2017-2018 Object Movement Resident Artists

The Sixth Day by Andrea Ang

Teacups by Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck

Molting by Leah Ogawa and Sarah Plotkin

The Ramayana by Little Did Productions

Giveness by Amy Jense

Antrak by Shayna Strype

Wolf Life by Kate Brehm

Untold Stories From The War With The Newts by Sam Jay Gold