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The 2016 National Puppetry Conference is now accepting applications through 11:59pm PST on Friday, February 26th, 2016!

If you are interested in applying, please look over the materials on these pages and sign up to receive email updates about the National Puppetry Conference. As soon as we post our 2016 application, you will be the first to know.

Please look at the 2016 Conference program as well as the different roles listed below. You may apply to attend the pre-conference, the main conference, or both. Applicants may choose from several strands — from marionettes to writing. The main conference offers many different roles, and it is important to learn more about each available role and strand, and apply to the one best suited to you. Beyond their strands, all attendees have the opportunity to create their own original short form works in the evening Participant Projects and learn from mentor teachers outside their strand in the multiple master classes offered each day.

Only complete applications will be considered, which include  1) an application form, 2) additional materials (requirements differ by strand; see preplists below), and 3) application fee of $35.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 860.443.5378 x227


Below are the many different roles available to our applicants. Please click on each role to learn moreand access its distinct programming and application.


All strands in the pre-conference are open to both new and returning attendees. If you are applying to attend only the Pre-Conference, please use the Participant Preplist below to ready your materials.

Pre-Conference Intensives offered in 2016 are:

Directing Puppet Theater

Soft Sculpted Puppets


Please consider which role in the main conference is the best fit for you. Please note that some roles are only appropriate for past attendees of the National Puppetry Conference and/or experienced puppet artists, while others are open to all applicants.