Puppet Designer

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago

Website Kerfuffle

Theatre for the Very Young

Kerfuffle is seeking a Puppet Designer for Bookworms, an original, interactive play for very young children touring Chicagoland libraries and to Lincoln, Nebraska. Bookworms is about a library storytime where all the stories have been mixed up. The Storyteller blames The Bookworms for the chaos. The Bookworms ask the audience for help and bring them Beyond the Bookshelves where The Storyteller and the audience work together to restore the stories.

Production Requirements

2 Bookworm puppets (each to be manipulated by a separate performer)
1 Bookdragon puppet (to be manipulated by 1-2 performers)
Designer does not need to be the puppeteer for the show

Production Calendar

Design meetings: 3-4 virtual meetings between August-November
Rehearsals: October 8 – November 9, 2024
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Daytime on Saturday, November 2; Evenings of Monday, November 4-Tuesday, November 5; Thursday, November 7; Daytime on Saturday, November 9
Performances: Daytime performances from November 10-December 8 at libraries in Illinois and Nebraska.
Closing: December 8

About Kerfuffle: 

Kerfuffle is an award-winning midwestern theatre and dance company devoted to creating aesthetically and emotionally engaging performances for children ages 0-6 years old. Founded in 2015, Kerfuffle centers young children as major creative partners in the development of new work and shares playful, multi-sensory performances in museums, libraries, parks, and other nontraditional spaces. Children’s imagination is at the center of Kerfuffle’s process. In order to understand what engages, delights, and surprises children, Kerfuffle’s plays are developed through creative drama workshops where young people create stories, characters, and worlds in collaboration with adult artists. Kerfuffle is a registered 501(c)3 organization and is the 2020 recipient of the Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company Award through the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Visit www.kerfuffletvy.com for more information.

Instructions to Apply:

Any interested applicants should submit a resume and portfolio to Managing Director Jeff Sachs at jeffsachs@kerfuffletvy.com.

To apply for this job email your details to JeffSachs@KerfuffleTVY.com

Pay Rate/Range*: $500
Organization Contact Name: Jeff Sachs
Organization Email Contact: JeffSachs@KerfuffleTVY.com