The International Puppet Fringe Festival, New York’s only international fringe festival dedicated to puppetry, returns August 6th, 2023, and will once again feature performances by leading puppet makers and troupes from around the world. Organized by Teatro SEA, Grupo Morán (The Morán Group) and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, the festival is currently seeking applications from puppeteers and troupes for the 2023 festival, with applications due by February 15, 2023.
Following the sensational success of the 2021 and 2018 festivals, and the inaugural Puppet Week NYC, Puppet Fringe 2023 will honor rich puppetry traditions and talented puppeteers, including an award for the founder of the Village Halloween Parade, Ralph Lee. Lee is known for his visionary, surreal, life-sized puppets that have become a feature of New York City’s parades, theaters, and public celebrations. In honor of Lee’s vast contributions to the puppetry arts, the 2023 Puppet Fringe Festival theme will be “Halloween in August,” featuring spooky and silly puppets that celebrate this beloved holiday.
The Third International Puppet Fringe Festival is produced by Teatro SEA (www.teatrosea.org), The Clemente (www.theclementecenter.org) and Manuel Antonio Morán (Grupo MORÁN).
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 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
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.
Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), The Museum of the City of New York, Latea Theater and The Center for Puppetry Arts.
Disclaimer: The International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC is a production of The Society of the Educational Arts, TeatroSEA.org, The Moran Group and their collaborators. None of these organizations are associated with The Present Theatre Company, Inc., The New York International Fringe Festival or FringeNYC.
For information about the latter, please visit www.fringenyc.org
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