Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline has opened applications for a new Black Puppeteer Empowerment Grant & Creative Research Residency for summer 2020.
The grant offers five black artists $1,000 grants to support the research and development of new projects, along with mentorship from master puppeteer Brad Brewer and the facilitation of a performance of the works in progress.
These grants are part of a long-term mission at the Puppet Showplace Theater to diversify voices in the industry.
Myhrum says that the puppetry industry in the United States is often centered on white voices, despite the many talented black artists involved.
She recalls Jeghetto’s performance “Just Another Lynching” at the Puppet Showplace Theater; the piece sparked in-depth dialogues after the show about the black American experience.