Providing a platform for professional puppetry training and is one of our key focuses. After the Intensive training Program the internships provide a space to continue and learn the ropes while working on projects. The most valuable result of our internships has been the long term relationships built with puppeteers and artists across fields and regions. For young artists it is a glimpse into a working puppet theater learning many practical aspects of managing a group, organizing rehearsals and the brass tacks of creating and mounting a show. For an international intern there is the added aspect of experiencing puppetry in India. For all puppeteers there is the unique opportunity to interact with and create art for the local community around the studio. This occurs through Sunday Club and open days.
In the past interns have chosen two ways of working with us.
The first way internship model is the Shadow Internship, which means joining in every activity of the group and choosing what role fits their skill and interest.
The intern can also focus on specific projects the group is engaged in. These may include joining backstage in performances, through rehearsals and other activities or by following the creation of a new production from beginning to end as an assistant in the production work, or following a community based project from planning to execution stage. Their roles can be mutually agreed on in advance and interns.
The second internship model is the Project-based Internship. Here, the intern creates their own projects with the guidance of team Katkatha. This may include the creation of a show or learning to make puppets, undertaking a research project or working in the neighboring community to create a project with the community members and stakeholder.
Eric Finck from the US became one of the puppeteers and puppet makers in our production Gulbadan during the duration of his 3 month internship.
Maggie Winston from Canada brought her own idea and realized a whole show at the Katkatha workshop with help from the Katkatha team to construct her puppets.
Frida Leon from Switzerland and (Prohelvetia artist-in-residence), directed Swiss Box with team Katkatha.
Lotte Van Den Berg directed Gopi Gyne, Bagha Byne with team Katkatha.
Namrta Kaushal from Delhi set up a project for children where they learn more about the food that they eat and its journey from the fields to their plate.
Laura Van Dijk of Belgium conducted research on Katkatha's community projects based on gender and health.
Shravana Heggodu and Raghuvendra stayed in Katkatha studio for two years and made a show called Dinosaur with the team.
Maneesh Pachiaru interned with Katkatha and during his internship, he became a part of an International project and ended up making a production named Wool Symphony. Later he joined Unima Puppeteers Trust's Foundation course in Puppetry to dwell into it. Now he is Katkatha's core team member.
Suhail Parrey joined Katkatha as an intern early in 2020 and assisted in making puppets and documentation for Katkatha's latest production i.e., Arabian Nights. He also documented the Art of Healing Project in Pulwama.
How to apply?
Applicants need to send their portfolio, a proposal and a statement of purpose (not more than 500 words) to Katkatha.
Who can apply?
Any individual may apply for an internship. Katkatha accepts only one intern at a time. Inters are not paid and all short term (less than 6 months) internships have a small fee which is specific to each application. Katkatha will be happy to assist any candidate in any way such as applications for scholarships for supporting their internships. Interns are responsible for their travel and living arrangements in New Delhi. Katkatha will also assist in finding a place to stay in the city, puppetry resources in the city and with any other aspect of stay New Delhi. Katkatha can sometimes provide support for interns who are from a financially disadvantaged background. If the intern travels with Katkatha on a project as a collaborator, Katkatha will bear all travel and living costs.
Duration of Internship
As in the submitted application. Internship applicants need not have any experience in puppetry and all applications will be equally considered.