File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 264

Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 21:05:09 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] O'neill Puppetry Conference announcement

Hi Mark:

It would 'seem' that the requirements to be accepted at O'Neill are rather 
severe and to some, intimidating. 
Despite the language of the application, I can tell you that this is one of 
the most welcoming and supportive group of people I've ever worked with.
I can also attest to the fact that the MOST important quality for ANY 
applicant to possess is a strong DESIRE to learn more about good puppetry. Trust me.

The purpose for requesting this much information is simply to give Bobbie 
Nidzgorski, our General Manager, as much information about the applicants as 
possible so that she can make the best choices / matches for the applicants and 
the conference as a whole. It isn't possible to hold personal interviews, since 
our applicants come from all parts of the world. At times, a phone call will 
make the difference. 

Bobbie is careful to make sure that the 'fit,' especially for the applicant, 
is good. It's important to all of us that participants get the most they can 
from the conference. It works the other way as well. The people who make up the 
participant list are critical to the success of the conference. The many 
shared backgrounds and experiences that evidence themselves during the conference 
give the O'Neill Puppetry Conference its dynamic, and contribute to it's 

In the past, we have accepted applications from folks who have had no 
experience in puppetry but who felt that the conference might add to their frame of 
reference. In these situations, Bobbie will often discuss the possibilities 
over the phone.

It really is friendlier than it appears. It really is easier than you think.
Last year's conference was the largest ever. Many of our participants were 
We have had some folks tell us that the OPC   was a 'life-changing' 
On the other hand, for some, it may not have been. 

It's entirely possible that some on this Puptcrit list have attended. It 
might be nice to hear from some of them. And of course, you can contact Bobbie 
( to find out more. 

I would be happy to respond to any questions you may have.

All the Best,
Fred T.

> it appears one needs a top national security clearance , resumes,=A0 
> references
> galore , life history
> and many other things just to attend?
> Mark

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