File puptcrit/puptcrit.0502, message 70

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Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] O'Neill Puppetry Conference
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 17:45:47 -0600

Speaking as one the "repeats" that Fred mentions, I do remember being a bit
intimidated about the application process for the O'Neill Puppetry
Conference, when I applied the first time.  As Fred made so clear, the
application process is not at all a hurdle.  If you desire to "learn and
share" (and I would add "grow"), you'll fit right in at the O'Neill.  It's
an amazingly supportive environment for taking risks, learning, sharing and
growing.  I never miss an oppoprtunity to sing it's praises.


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] O'Neill Puppetry Conference

<< Fred:
    Is this the one that requires a resume and one's  approval before being 
allowed to
   Mark >>

I have responded to Mark privately, but thought a shorter reply here might

The application form for the O'Neill which is downloadable from the site 
( has a listing of what they would like to 
receive from you to see where you may be in the field of puppetry (or other

Having said this, I know that the selection process is extremely flexible
at times, a phone conversation has been the determining factor.  They want 
whatever materials you can send along to understand who you are and what

The list may seem intimidating but don't let it bother you. Call or email 
Bobbie and let her know why you are interested. It's not meant to be

There is an 'interview' process, whereby Bobbie Nidzgorski determines if the

'fit' for a prospective participant with the conference is right. Believe me

when I say, it has more to do with making sure that you will benefit from
conference and less to do with your status.
--->>>>The most important thing is that any participant has a strong desire 
to learn and share. <<<------

Once you're in, everybody starts at the same place. It depends more on what 
you need to get out of the conference. The staff adjusts to meet those
We have also had folks there who have no puppetry experience but may have
dance or theater connection and who are interested in puppetry.

This is just a quick reply. I'd be glad to give you details on specific 

It's not as intimidating as it looks.
And it's a GREAT experience for most....We have had a lot of repeats.

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