1985 Grants

Project Grants
by Figures of Speech Theatre

Photo by Richard Termine

"I met Jim Henson in the 70s when the Muppets were capturing the hearts of the entire world. Even before I met him I was aware of his genius. But until I got to know him I was unaware of his gentle nature and true caring for all that is good and his unselfish love of the entire puppetry field. I believe that his true generosity and concern was the impetus that created the Foundation. The field would not have its vitality today without his vision."
-Vince Anthony,
Center for Puppetry Arts

Figures of Speech Theatre - Anerca
A piece inspired by the world of the Inuit that explores the relationship between mask, actor, and puppet. ($2,000)

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater - Lightning
A puppet and mask opera dealing with the splits between heaven and earth, men and women, body and mind. ($5,000)

Marin Community Playhouse - Untitled
A series by Bob Hartman exploring simple, stylized puppet forms and common technical problems like flight. ($1,000)

Mettawee River Theatre Company - North Wind
An outdoor drama based on traditional Yup'ik eskimo legends using song, dance, masks, and giant puppets. ($4,000)

Sandglass Theater - Sand
A final phase of development for a dream play told with actors and puppets in which the proverbial Sandman takes many faces. ($5,000)

Center for Puppetry Arts - Touring program
A subsidy for the administrative and public relations costs associated with the national touring program. ($ 5,000)

Skysaver Productions - The Age of Invention
The second part of a trilogy dealing with the American spirit of invention, featuring both life-size and small-scale puppets. ($5,000)

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center - The Institute for Professional Puppetry Arts
A program to develop and support student puppetry projects. ($2,500)

Amy Trompetter - Mulata
An adaptation of a novel by Guatemalan author Asturias about contracts with the devil using Sicilian style rod puppets. ($4,000)