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Shadow Puppeteer KARLY BERGMANN Selected as DePaul University’s 2016 Recipient of The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists

Karly Bergmann
Karly Bergmann

The Theatre School at DePaul University announces that puppeteer Karly Bergmann is the 2016 recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. The award is a cash prize of $30,000 granted to a recent alumnus/a from DePaul University in Music or Theatre. The prize’s purpose is to advance the award recipient’s professional career by giving them the freedom to engage in their intended artistic pursuits. Karly graduated from The Theatre School with a BFA in Dramaturgy/Criticism in 2013.

The Edes Foundation Board has established the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists at four institutions in the Chicago area, including DePaul University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Edes Foundation Board also provides support to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition and Apprenticeship.

Karly Bergmann’s application outlined her plans to further her studies in shadow puppetry, and to attend the Incanti International Puppet Theatre Festival in Turin, Italy. The theme of this year’s festival, “Puppetry and Film”, applies directly to her work. The festival hosts a free, daylong shadow puppet workshop with an international shadow puppet master. Additionally, part of the Incanti festival is the Cantiere Project, a series of works in progress created by emerging artists in the field of puppetry. Karly plans to apply to the Cantiere project in 2017, and will also attend an intensive international shadow puppet workshop held annually by Teatro Gioco Vita in Piacenza, Italy.

Shadow puppetry
In addition to studying shadow puppetry at festivals and workshops, Bergmann will create a blog space to host a weekly shadow puppet video or gif—a short animation experimenting with new techniques she has studied. The Edes Prize will also support monthly street performances that she will perform. These nonverbal shows will be performed in a public space at night, projected on Roman architecture. The development of nonverbal shadow shows in a foreign country will enable her to develop work for an international audience that relies on visual dramaturgy and storytelling rather than spoken language.

“The Edes Prize opens up opportunities for me to develop my craft that would otherwise be impossible for me to pursue,” explained Bergmann. “This is a life-changing opportunity for me, the effects of which will stretch way beyond this next year. I am filled with gratitude and with excitement for the year to come!”