Associate Puppet Builder


The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes for Associate Puppet Shop Builder. The Associate Builder is responsible for assisting the Resident Puppet Builder in operations of the Puppet Sop including, but not limited to:

  • Construction of all new puppets used in Center shows and Special Projects
  • Repair and Refurbishment of existing show puppets
  • Maintenance of all puppets in the Center shows running currently
  • Work closely with the Resident Puppet Builder to achieve the realization of the artistic goals of each production
  • Assist in the load-in and strike of puppets for productions as required
  • Manage the maintenance, safety, and organization of the Puppet Shop
  • Assist in tool maintenance in the Puppet Shop
  • Maintain show documentation for Puppets, Props, and Costumes used per show
  • Work within assigned budgets for each project
  • Assist in the upkeep and arrangement of the Warehouse Puppet Storage area
  • Assist in research, purchasing, and inventory of materials
  • Manage Overhire puppet builders, customers, or interns as needed including scheduling, workstations, and project management
  • Participate in promotion marketing efforts as needed
  • Other reasonable duties as needed by the Center for Puppetry Arts


Puppet and Prop building, Costume and Craft Construction Skills which include:

  • Sewing: hand and machine
  • Patterning
  • Foam patterning and fabrication
  • Molding and casting
  • Sculpting
  • Painting
  • Basic woodworking
  • Basic knowledge of a variety of puppet styles – hand, rod, marionette, mascot, etc.


  • Previous theater experience
  • Strong craft skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience working with a variety of materials and tools
  • Portfolio/images of previous work scope
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Personnel management skills
  • A positive attitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


Full-time positions with benefits: Some weekends and evenings are required.

Reports to Resident Puppet Shop Builder and Producer

Direct Reports (shared with Resident Puppet Builder)

  • Overhire Puppet Builders
  • Puppet Shop Inters (if applicable)
  • Overhire Costumers


The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry.  For further information, visit our website at


Please send your resume and portfolio to: or mail to: Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn: HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309-2820.

Please note any attachments over 10 MB may need to be sent in separate emails. 

No phone calls, please.  If you have questions, please email

  • Complete the form below or call 404-873-3391 to contact our Ticket Sales Office for this program. You should expect to be contacted by our Ticket Sales Office within 48 hours. Thank you!