Puppetmobile Request

About the PuppetMobile
New York City Parks Department and City Parks Foundation offers a traveling puppet show, CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free outdoor performances in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schoolyards throughout New York City.

During the 2022 season, the PuppetMobile will present the tale of Little Red's Hood. The season will run from May 1 through October 31 (Note: Applications are currently open for September through October dates only).

City Parks Foundation and the PuppetMobile are committed to serving neighborhoods in historically under-resourced areas and priority will be given to performance requests in these areas. Please note that PuppetMobile performances can only take place in New York City parks, recreation centers and schoolyards. All performance must be open to the public. The PuppetMobile is not available for private functions. 

Performance Criteria
In order for a performance from the PuppetMobile to be provided, certain criteria must be met. Please review below to see if your park or school meets all of these requirements.
  1. The size of the entrance to a park or schoolyard needs to be at least 7 feet wide in order for the PuppetMobile to access the performance location. [View PuppetMobile | View Stage]
  2. A flat surface of 25 feet wide x 20 feet deep with height clearance of at least 20 feet is required for all events.
  3. The PuppetMobile needs to park behind the performance area to generate power for the performance.
  4. The PuppetMobile and crew will arrive to location 60-90 minutes prior to showtime to allow for optimal set up time, the performance lasts for 35-45 minutes, and a 45 minute period of time is required after the performance for breakdown to occur.
  5. All performances must have access to a bathroom

Step 1: Contact & Group Information

Step 2: Location Information

On Site Contact Information

Step 3: Performance Date
Please share two dates that would work for the PuppetMobile performance. If your event can only take place on one date, do not include an option 2. 

The PuppetMobile has limited availability, especially for weekend dates. To serve more applicants, please select a weekday as one of your preferences.

Please note that applications are only available for September and October dates only.

English, Spanish and Mandarin performance options are available.

All approved applicants are responsible for outreach and promotion. We strongly encourage you to partner with other organizations/ camps/ schools for recruitment. 
Each PuppetMobile performance requests at least 100 participants in attendance.

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