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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500
Puppet Festival


Puppet Festival

Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


  • Open Call for Puppetry Acts

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The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles seeks eight to ten puppetry acts for its fourth annual one-day Family Puppet Festival on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The festival will feature a wide range of puppetry, from small to large scale, utilizing diverse media and drawing on a variety of cultural traditions.

About the Skirball

For the Skirball Cultural Center, founded in 1996, the arts serve as a vehicle to explore and forge connections among individuals, cultures, and communities. Rooted in Jewish culture and the values of community, diversity, and caring for the world around us, the Skirball realizes its mission through museum exhibitions, performances, lectures, films, and educational offerings for people of different ages and backgrounds. With the 2007 opening of Noah's Ark at the Skirball™, an award-winning exhibition that contains 386 life-sized animals—including more than thirty puppets made from repurposed materials—the Skirball established itself as a major venue for family audiences to experience the arts and celebrate community.

What we're looking for:

  • Puppetry acts that represent diverse styles and cultures
  • Stories told through puppetry that connect to the Skirball's mission (see above) of connecting people across cultures, examining history and identity, and making the world a better place through social action
  • Acts that tell original stories or—like the Noah’s Ark exhibition—provide a new take on classic tales, folklore, or Jewish-themed stories
  • Family-friendly acts that engage audiences across generations
  • Acts that can be performed in traditional and nontraditional performance spaces like outdoor patios, museum galleries, or public spaces (special consideration will be given to performances that do not require technical support)
  • Shows running approximately 10–45 minutes that have been previously performed for family audiences
  • Pageant/strolling puppets and acts

What we're not looking for:

  • Non-narrative work that would prove challenging to a mixed-aged audience
  • Performances geared toward adults (e.g., include sex, depictions of violence, or storylines and situations that might be too sophisticated for young children)
  • Performances with significant technical needs, requiring elaborate sets, lighting, or sound


  • Each participating group will be offered a stipend, marketing opportunities, and amenities on the day of performance.

How to apply:

Send an e-mail introducing yourself, including the name of the proposed piece, along with the following:

  1. A brief description of the performance
  2. Links to video clips and/or high-definition images of the performance
  3. A list of the technical requirements and number of performers
  4. Your contact info
  5. A résumé and a list of at least two references
  6. Any other work samples you'd like to share

Send the e-mail to with the subject line PUPPET.

Deadline for submissions:

Monday, February 16, 2015

We will contact you after receiving your materials if we are interested in setting up an in-person interview/audition.

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