APPRENTICESHIPS:

Since our establishment in 2008, almost 100 Apprentices (formerly known as Interns) have assisted on PKP projects. These new puppeteers are 18 or over and range in experience from college students to experienced arts professionals expanding their skill set. We look for curious, self-motivated individuals whose work in puppetry will continue to develop beyond their time with us.  There are Studio Apprentices and Management Apprentices at PKP.

Applicants to the Studio Apprenticeship should have some experience in puppet making, art fabrication, sculpture, theater tech (costume/set/props) or any combination of those fields. Direct puppet making or puppetry performance experience is a bonus, but is not necessary.

Applicants to the Management Apprenticeship should have some organizational or administrative experience with small business management, theater production, stage or company management, or the like. They must be familiar with Macintosh OS, Google Apps and have good oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with WordPress, Photoshop, iMovie, etc a plus.  

PERSONAL PROJECT:

All PKP Apprentices work on a project of their own during their time at the PK. This can be as simple as research into a particular type of puppet, a building project, a short cabaret style performance piece or something else. Apprentices are invited to use the studio facilities to develop their own work. We meet weekly as a group to discuss project development, troubleshoot and problem solve, and gather materials, advice and ideas for the next week’s work.

A TYPICAL DAY FOR A PKP APPRENTICE: (WE HIRE UP TO FOUR PER SESSION):

Puppet Kitchen Apprentices assist skilled designers and builders on all studio projects, so a typical day might include hands-on building, a brief lesson on a new material, a shopping run and help with studio upkeep. Occasionally, Studio Apprentices help teach workshops, or join us onstage or backstage in performances.  Skill-building at the PK is both self-directed and supported: apprentices are trained in materials and techniques for puppet building and are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process. Apprentices may also staff occasional professional development workshops at the PK and attend them free of charge.

A  TYPICAL DAY FOR A PKP MANAGEMENT APPRENTICE: (WE HIRE ONE PER SESSION):

The PKP Management Apprentice assists the three Head Chefs (Emily, Eric and Michael) as well as our Studio Manager on both project-based and company business. A typical day could include attending our morning meeting, scheduling coordination with staff, taking photos of puppet builds in progress and putting together a presentation for a client. The Management Apprentice is also the studio Lunch Captain, putting together lunch deliveries and making sure everyone gets fed. They tend to become very popular, very fast. 

COMMITMENT & COMPENSATION:

Studio Apprentices work Tues, Weds & Thurs,10:00am-6:00pm.   Management Apprentices work Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (plus lunch!) Apprentices may also help out during other times on an opt-in basis.

Puppet Kitchen Apprenticeships are not paid. Lunch is provided, and we generally eat as a group. College credits can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. If college credit interests you, please indicate that in your application and include contact information for the appropriate administrators at your school.

LOCATION:

Apprentices may work at either or both of our locations: the PKP Shop (Ridgewood, Queens) and the Puppet Kitchen (East Village, Manhattan).

PROFESSIONAL TRAJECTORY:

Many of the builders and performers we regularly employ at PKP started with us as apprentices. While advancement from apprentice to staff is assessed on a case-by-case basis, apprentices are generally required to complete two sessions (or the equivalent at another studio or on an independent project) and a portfolio review to be considered for paid work at Puppet Kitchen Productions.

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THESE SESSIONS:

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2017 Apprentice program.

Summer 2017: May 23rd-August 31st

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

Please send the following documents in one email to apprentice@puppetkitchen.com:

  1. A cover letter which describes your interest in pursuing an apprenticeship at the Puppet Kitchen, professional/creative interests, experience and skills in detail. Please be sure to note which session you’re applying to, and mention any dates for which you will not be available during that period. You may apply for more than one session. Please also note which Apple programs with which you are competent (Excel, Photoshop, Quickbooks, etc.)

  2. A current resume/CV

  3. Contact information for 2 professional references

  4. 4-6 portfolio photographs which show your creative work, both 2D and 3D.

  5. Optional: 3-5 minute video of your performance work — with or without puppets — which displays facility in movement with or without text. Please post on Vimeo, YouTube, etc. rather than sending video files.

Successful email applications will be invited to interview at the studio or via Google Hangout.  Please be prepared to discuss your personal project during this interview.

NOTE ** There is a $100 Materials Fee for all PKP apprentices, due upon acceptance to the Apprenticeship Program. This fee covers supplies for lessons, studio materials for use in personal projects, and administrative costs associated with the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!