Announcing NYC’s First International Puppet Fringe Festival

happening the week of August 6-12, 2018.

The Big Apple will host puppets from around the world as they will take center stage at NYC’s 1st International Puppet Fringe Festival in August 2018. Emerging and established puppeteers and puppet troupes of various styles will showcase their artistry and ingenuity through Performances, Exhibits and Symposiums which will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. 

The very first edition of the festival will be held at “The Clemente” on the Lower East Side, a cultural institution known for its variety of cultural programming, broad-minded cultural vision and collaborative philosophy. “We are excited to bring all of these national and international artists to the Lower East Side and to provide an event that culturally reflects the diversity of New York City. We feel that the Clemente is the perfect venue for a fringe style festival since many festivals have taken place at the center over the years,” stated Dr. Morán, Festival Producer.

The International Puppet Fringe Festival will take place every other year with its first edition happening August 6 – 12, 2018. The application process is now open. We encourage puppet artists and professional puppet companies from around the world to apply. All materials will be submitted online.

The festival will only accept applications for performances that exemplify the best in puppetry. Performances can be classical, experimental, or musical and targeting adult or family audiences. There is an application fee ($50 USD) for all companies submitting an application. The selected companies invited to participate in the festival will receive a stipend as well as a percentage of the ticket sales.

The festival will provide all participating companies with a space (in the form of a stage or an alternative space), technical, production staff and marketing and publicity. 

Participating companies will be responsible for covering all of their expenses, including travel, accommodation and meal expenses. Additionally, international artists and companies are 100% responsible for making their own arrangements for their necessary visa. The festival will only provide an official invitation letter to the selected companies and artists. 


The First International Puppet Fringe Festival is produced by Manuel Antonio Morán (The MORÁN Group) and by Teatro SEA.

Producing Organizations:

Teatro SEA

Established in 1985, SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.), is the premiere Bilingual Arts-in-Education Organization and Latino Children’s Theatre in the United States. Its celebrated programs include school, outdoor, community and main stage performances, workshops and residencies, among others. The organization, established by Dr. Manuel A. Morán, currently has offices in San Juan, New York, and Florida. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary in 2010, SEA opened a brand new state-of-the-art performance space at “The Clemente” Teatro SEA, the nation’s only Latino Children’s Theatre.

The MORÁN Group

An independent presenting/producing group under the direction of Manuel Moran, which boosts a create team of seasoned creative professionals that has the multi-disciplinary capabilities and experience to be a comprehensive producing agency. The main objective of the MORAN Group is to create high production value: digital video for film/television, theatrical events for main stage, and educational publications that inspire people to action and enrich target audiences.

Venue Partners:

The Clemente

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center Inc. (The Clemente) is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. The Clemente’s houses and promotes artists and performance events. The Clemente provides spaces uniquely adaptable to the creative vision and goals of theatrical and dance production companies, start-ups, film and fashion shoots, special events, festivals and others wishing to test new grounds in facilities unlikely to be found elsewhere in the city.

Teatro LATEA

Teatro LATEA (Latin American Theater Experiment Associates) is a theater production company, which for over 30 years has run its own performance/rehearsal space in The Clemente located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.   Since its inception LATEA has opened its doors to a multitude of performers, artists and theater companies to forge theatrical experiences in this 74 seat experimental space.  The mission of LATEA involves promoting multicultural theater and developing underrepresented audiences while presenting a variety of theatrical works with a Latino emphasis.

Collaborating Institutions and Organizations:

UNIMA (Three Americas Commission)

The UNIMA (Union internationale de la Marionnette) Commission Three Americas was created in June 2016 in Tolosa, Spain as part of the XXII UNIMA International Congress. The goals of the Commission are to increase international collaboration and to promote the Art of Puppetry in the Americas and the Caribbean. 

© International Puppet Fringe NYC, 2017.