Job Opportunities

Assistant to the Executive Director


The Center for Puppetry Arts is in search of an Assistant to the Executive Director to manage the daily activities of the Executive Director and provide comprehensive administrative support and office management. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organized and detail-oriented work ethic, and the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

For Executive Director:

  • Schedule professional and personal appointments and maintain calendar on a daily basis

  • Serve as Executive Director’s liaison to various departments; board of directors; international organizations; corporations and foundations; major donors, and the public
  • Compose, prepare, and distribute Executive Director’s correspondence
  • Coordinate domestic and international travel arrangements
  • Plan and coordinate meetings and site visits, including site itineraries, meeting agendas and minutes, PowerPoint presentations, and catering arrangements as necessary
  • Develop and implement special projects as assigned  by the Executive Director
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Executive Director


For Office Management:

  • Serve as primary contact for telephone calls to the Administrative Office and for answering questions of callers and/or routing calls to the appropriate extension
  • Maintain primary responsibility for admitting office visitors and couriers, and informing Center employees of arriving appointments
  • Serve as primary contact for pickup and delivery for courier services, including FedEx, UPS, U.S. Postal Service, and others as necessary
  • Receive and distribute mail for entire facility
  • Maintain office supply inventory for facility and replenish weekly or as needed
  • Maintain, service, and provide supplies for office equipment, including postage machine and fax machine
  • Operate as point-person for copier service calls; keep copy paper in stock
  • Maintain Staff Calendar; send a weekly email reminder
  • Manage general email inbox for the Center and respond to inquiries or forward messages to appropriate staff and/or departments
  • Laminate nametags and any other signs on request
  • Provide general administrative support to other departments as necessary


For Board Management:

  • Arrange all board and executive committee meetings; includes set up and taking minutes during meetings
  • Organize and file meeting minutes (soft and hard copies), including all relevant meeting documents
  • Update board and advisory council in Raisers Edge and on hard copy documents.   Maintain board, committee, and tenure lists.
  • Prepare board notebooks for all incoming board members
  • Arrange annual board briefings for all board members and advisors
  • Manage Center email accounts for Board Chair and Government and Community Relations Chair


Director of Membership Services – UNIMA-USA

  • Respond to inquiries from UNIMA-USA members and UNIMA International by telephone, email, and fax
  • Administer and maintain membership and sales databases
  • Provide detailed reports and resource analysis on a biannual basis for Board of Directors
  • Compile and distribute annual ballot for election of Board members
  • Maintain Board tenure list
  • Maintain and update secure online forms with for membership, ventures, and publication purchases
  • Fulfill membership, ventures, and publication orders submitted online and by mail
  • Prepare, submit, and secure federal grants
  • Prepare visa petitions for foreign performers
  • Conduct regular mailings of renewal notices, welcome packets, membership publications, annual mailing to UNIMA International Centers, and other information as needed
  • Coordinate and art direct graphic design of UNIMA-branded items
  • Compile, edit, and distribute annual Membership Directory in both online and print formats. Information is updated monthly.
  • Coordinate distribution of the biannual magazine, Puppetry International
  • Communicate regularly with the Webmaster and send frequent updates for the Membership Directory, Puppetry Yellow Pages, and any news or festival entry notices
  • Create and send quarterly newsletters with important information, plus coordinate with the board for extra articles to include
  • Maintain and order project / office supplies as needed
  • Develop and implement other projects as determined by the Board of Directors or General Secretary


Please send resume with cover letter, salary history and salary requirements to No phone calls please.

Baritone Puppeteer



Center for Puppetry Arts seeks a baritone puppeteer to perform in the stage adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Must be able to capture the vocal quality of the characters of Donner, Comet and the Elf Foreman as seen in the original 1964 television special. Experience in puppetry is preferred but will train. Paid position. Non-equity.


Must be available for the following rehearsal and performance dates:

Rehearsals: October 17-November 8, 2017

Performances: November 9-December 31, 2017



To schedule an audition, email headshot and resume to  No phone calls please.

Overhire Electrics Technicians


The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes from theatre technicians with skills in electrics, sound, and video for part time opportunities on an as-needed basis.

Primary responsibilities will be to assist in the operations of the electrics shop, including but not limited to the following:

  • Assist in the changeover of shows, which includes installing the lighting, audio, and video needs for Center and guest artist productions
    • Hang, circuit, and focus lighting plots
    • Prepare sound systems for rehearsals and performances 
    • Hang and focus of video projection equipment
  • Prep upcoming shows (building practicals, pulling gear, cutting gel, etc.
  • Help to maintain and organize the Electrics shop, keeping it in a state of readiness for upcoming events 
  • Repair and maintain equipment
  • Fulfill the electric needs for other Center activities (events, tours, etc.)



  •          Three years of formal theatre education or professional experience
  •          Skills in lighting and sound system operations
  •          Skills in electrical, audio, and video wiring
  •          Skills in trouble shooting and problem solving
  •          Motivated and responsible
  •          Team-oriented attitude
  •          Comfortable working on ladders (all spaces have dead-hung grids)
  •          Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds regularly
  •          Knowledge of ETC Lighting equipment and Q-lab


Overhire Electrics Technicians are compensated on an hourly basis.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit multi-division organization featuring a production department along with museum and education departments. The production department produces an average of 8 new works and/or remounts per season. In addition to in-house productions, the Center also hosts a wide variety of guest artists and event rentals. 

The Electrics division of the Center is responsible for overseeing the operations and maintenance of lighting, audio and video for the production department. The Production Department operates two theatres (330 and 170 seat) that employ show automation control to co-ordinate audio, video, and lighting cues. The Center also runs a full complement of wireless microphones and a healthy inventory of lighting equipment for its productions. In addition to working with show operation hardware, the electrics department is called upon to create unique solutions for the technical needs of puppet theatre as well as ways to allow multigenerational equipment to work together efficiently. Occasionally, the electrics department is also called upon to work with the museum to assist with maintenance and the creation of new exhibits. 


To be considered, please mail or email your resume to the following: 

Center for Puppetry Arts
ATTN: Production Department
1404 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 USA

or Email In the subject line: "Name-Overhire Electrics Technician"   (Example: John Smith-Overhire Electrics Technician)


Are you looking for invaluable nonprofit work experience, professional connections in the arts community, and to be a part of one of the most dynamic places in Atlanta?   Interns at the Center for Puppetry Arts are an integral part of our organization and our goal is to inspire interest in the arts through an in-depth view of our administrative and artistic processes.

Available Internships

  • Development/Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Museum Education
  • Collections Management
  • Library/Archives
  • Production: Puppet Building
  • Production: Electrics
  • Production: Stage Management
  • Production: Performance
  • Production: Directing

Click here for application instructions and FAQ. 

Fall Session: September- December (12-15 weeks)                            

Application Deadline:  July 15th 

Spring/Winter Session: February- May (12-15 weeks)           
Application Deadline: November 30th
Summer Session: June- August/September (12-15 weeks)
Application Deadline:  March 1st

Internship Descriptions 

Development/Fundraising Internship: 

Development interns assist with the writing and production of fundraising appeals, researching potential contributors and fundraising ideas, and assisting with the planning, organization and logistics of cultivation parties and other special events.
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Marketing Internship:
Marketing interns assist the Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, and/or Community Coordinator with the day-to-day activities of the Marketing department. Duties include assisting with cross promotions, writing promotional copy and press releases, distributing Center materials managing a physical and digital press archive, and researching potential audiences/marketing tactics. 
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Graphic Design Internship:
Graphic Design interns’ duties include assisting with the creation of various materials such as print and online ads; flyers, invitations, and other printed items; photo illustrations and emails; as well as possible video projects.
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Museum Education Internship:
Under the supervision of the Museum Services Coordinator, Museum Education interns will assist with the daily operations involved in running a small museum. Interns will be trained to give tours and conduct educational programming designed to help museum patrons of all ages and backgrounds interact and explore the art of puppetry.
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Collections Management:
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Collections Manager in the Museum department. This internship grants broad hands-on experience in collections management and preventive conservation with emphasis on object  handling, cataloging, rehousing, and condition reporting. Tutorials and workshops will be conducted to expose the intern to various aspects of the collections field
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Library/Archives Internship: 
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Museum department with processing manuscript collections in the Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library. This internship provides the intern with valuable hands-on experience processing collections including organization, rehousing, data entry, and creating finding aids for researchers.
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Electrics Internship: 
Assist the Resident Production staff with the implementation of lighting, sound, and video elements for upcoming CPA productions. Duties may include: the hang, circuit, and focus of lighting plots, preparing sound systems for rehearsals and performances, the repair and maintenance of equipment and fulfilling the electric needs of other Center activities. 
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Puppet Building Internship: 
Assisting Resident Puppet Builders with the construction of puppets, props and costumes for upcoming CPA productions. Duties may include: sewing, patterning, foam patterning and fabrication, molding and casting, sculpting, painting and basic woodwork. 
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Stage Management Internship:
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. Through hands-on activities, the program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of the workings of a professional puppetry company                                                                                

Summer Internship Download the job description and application instructions > 

Performance Internship:
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater.  The focus of the program will be active participation in a Center production from the first day of rehearsal until final strike.

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Directing Internship: 
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Directing Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe the development of the production as script, design, movement and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.
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Family Series & New Directions Series for Adults and Teens

The Center for Puppetry Arts strives to present the best in puppetry and therefore is always seeking engaging puppet productions from both the United States and abroad. 

Companies selected to perform in our Family Series generally perform 13 shows per week (Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:30am, Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Sun: 1pm & 3pm) for 1-3 weeks. Performances last 45-50 minutes, and include a brief puppet demonstration following the show. Target audience age range is 4-10 years.  

Companies selected to perform in our New Directions Series for Adults and Teens generally perform 4-8 shows per week (schedule varies) for 1-2 weeks. Performances last 1-2 hours, and may include audience discussions following the show. Target audience age ranges are either 12+ (for teens and adults) or 18+ (adults only).

The Center’s season runs July 1-June 30.  Booking generally takes place 10-12 months before the beginning of each season. 


To submit your production for consideration, please send a cover letter, tech rider (including required stage dimensions, sound/light/projection needs, number of people traveling with the show & any other essential elements the Center would need to provide to present your show) and video of the complete show to be considered. We do not select shows based on excerpts or highlight reels. If you wish multiple shows to be considered, please submit a complete package for each.
Center for Puppetry Arts
c/o Production Department
1404 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 USA

With your permission, we would like to add your video to our library collection after our review process has concluded. DVDs in the library are available for scholars and puppeteers to view by appointment on the premises and do not leave the library. Please specify your preference in your cover letter. If you would prefer that we return your DVD to you, please include a self-addressed mailer, and we will return it as soon after viewing as possible. 

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please email