For our festival’s inaugural year, we have an exciting array of happenings taking place in addition to our scheduled performances. We are excited to announce that the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York and Great Small Works will be hosting Puppet Cabaret nights at 11pm on August 10-11. The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York’s Joshua Holden will act as co-producer of the event.
We will be screening various puppet themed films throughout the week of the festival for free for any attendees that wish to indulge in another facet of our festival programming.
Also taking place on August 10-11 will be “Artist Talks”, where we will open the floor to artists from participating troupes to answer questions from audiences about their methods and productions.
In addition to this, UNIMA will be hosting an “Artist Symposium” on Saturday, August 11 where Directors of participating troupes will engage in dynamic dialogues about the future of international puppetry.
Join us for a week celebrating diversity, puppetry, and a cultural exchange of international theater arts!
The First International Puppet Fringe Festival is produced by Manuel Antonio Morán (The MORÁN Group) and by 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.
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.
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. www.theclementecenter.org
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. www.teatrolatea.org
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.
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