Black Indigenous Puppet Artists and/or Storytellers

Drama of Works would like to create an evening or series of pieces celebrating Black Joy. We are looking for pieces that tell the story of Juneteenth, from the Emancipation Proclamation to tea cakes, to dancing and rodeos, and all the stories of freedom in between. We hope you will want to join us! Inspiration:

“Kamikaze” is a term we use for our puppet slams, where we take a theme or event or story and retell it in order with a number of different artists, creating a collage of an experience. You can read all about it and view our previous themes HERE. Obviously we’d like most of the pieces to be told with puppets, but are open to other forms of visual storytelling and spoken word. Our slam evenings often relate to current events and in this moment we are committed to furthering our mission to bring people together through multimedia performance.

The idea here is to celebrate and have fun. You should create your piece using things in your home or puppets you already have. Write your own text or find something that inspires you, or simply give us a visual feast or beautiful music. The finished pieces should be under 10 minutes long. The end performance can be presented live or pre-recorded. And if you want to be involved but have no idea what to do, let us know as we have been brainstorming ideas...


The series will most likely be launched whenever we have enough submissions. We want to listen and collaborate with artists to create the most meaningful series possible. Maybe it is a series of postings? Maybe it's a traditional slam sometime later this summer and we merely announce the lineup on the 30th, who knows!

There will be a stipend paid to all artists involved.

Email us if you would like to create a piece about Black Joy!


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