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Arroyo Arts Collective

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents:

Puppets Retake Northeast Los Angeles:

In May 2013, the Arroyo Arts Collective will host Puppets Retake Northeast Los Angeles, a puppetry festival in and around Highland Park. The festival will include a gallery show, community workshops, and a weekend of performances.

We are looking for artifacts (props, sets) from previously performed puppet shows, AND puppeteers to present original works. Here’s how to get involved:



February 22, 2013
Exhibition Proposals received

March 2, 3
Artwork drop-off and Installation

March 9
Exhibition Opening

April 13



February, 2013
Ebell Club Walk-Through

March 15
Proposals received (not postmarked)

March 29
Notification to artists

May 23-25

A gallery show entitled The Lost World of Puppet Artifacts, will take place at Future Studio in Highland Park. Puppetry requires that the puppeteer create and perform not just the puppet characters, but all the objects, clothes, and furniture that fill the puppet’s world. The Arroyo Arts Collective wondered what treasures might lurk in the attics and storage units of puppeteers. The Lost World will feature set pieces, costumes, and other memorabilia from puppetry in Los Angeles. The gallery show will be featured on the Northeast LA (NELA) second Saturday art walk in March 2013. No honoraria will be provided, but there will be lots of glory!

Proposal Submission Process

Applicants should send their basic information:
Telephone number:

Submissions for the gallery show should send a picture of their prop or set, noting the size (width, height, depth), and any display requirements (i.e., can work be hung on the wall, or does it require a stand)

Puppeteers wishing to put on their own show should send a brief (250 word) description of the show. Please include supporting materials such as photos, sketches, and reviews. Be sure to tell us if your work is for adults or families and what is needed for lighting and sound. The Ebell Club consists of a large hall with raised stage and seating for 100-150. There is also a smaller, more intimate space with seating for 30-50. There will be applicant walk-throughs of the Ebell Club for interested applicants.

Please contact to schedule a walk-through.

All applicants may send information by mail to:
Arroyo Arts Collective
P.O. Box 50835
Highland Park, CA 90050-0835

Or by email to:
(Please include PUPPETS in the subject line of your email)



Alan Cook is a professional puppeteer, puppet collector and CEO/curator of the International Puppetry Museum, the largest private puppet collection in the United States. He is co-founder of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry (LAGOP), member of Puppeteers of America (P of A) and former member of the P of A Board of Trustees, and a Member of Honor of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, USA (UNIMA-USA). He has exhibited his collection to numerous venues including museums and galleries throughout the United States. He has performed on stage, screen and in commercial TV.

Christine Papalexis began her puppetry career working at Bob Baker Marionette Theater and has worked in film, television and onstage for over 25 years. She has worked a variety of types of puppets as well as building puppets, movie monsters and costumes. Her credits include "Team America: World Police", "Men in Black II", "Alien Resurrection", "Dude, Where's My Car", numerous commercials and many others. She is currently the president of the LAGOP, and belongs to UNIMA-USA, P of A, and the AAC.

Arroyo Arts Collective

Established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, the mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the artistic vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles.