The Maker’s Lab: How To Apply

Applications for The Maker’s Lab Cycle 2022/2023 are now opened!

Maker’s Timeline

May – July 2022Research, Prototyping and trial sessions with puppeteer(s) and Puppeteer Consultant
Playwright enters process
August – September 2022Puppet design, character creation and movement sessions with puppeteer(s) and Puppeteer Consultant
Performance design team enters process
October – December 2022Puppet make, further exploration and movement sessions with puppeteer(s) and Puppeteer Consultant
Continuation of performance creative process
January – February/March 2023Puppet maintenance and improvements
The Maker’s Workshop as part of The Maker’s Project 2023
(Refer to The Maker’s Workshop 2020 and 2021)


How do you define “2 years of experience in related fields” ?

Related fields that involve building and designing physical performative objects. If you are unsure, please write to us at to clarify.

What if I don’t have 2 years of experience eg sporadic, part-time, amateur/non-professional?

If you are very keen to apply, please still write to us stating your experience.

What if my builds are not physically present with me anymore?  

We welcome photos, videos, drawings and/or journals that are able to depict the puppet/object or its build.

If my current profession is not a designer, can I still apply? 

Yes, as long as you are able to conceive of an idea and translate that into a build. 

I have no interest in puppetry, should I apply?

The Finger Players is a theatre company that specialises in puppetry, and most productions would include some form of puppetry. You do not need to have an interest in puppetry, but we encourage you to have an open mind. A curiosity in the art form would be desirous.  

What are the hours for the lab like? 

Your journey as the Maker would greatly depend on how you want to structure your developmental process over the duration of nine months. Our Programme Manager, Daniel Sim, will also be supporting you in coming out with a workable timeline.  

If I have other existing commitments, can I still apply?  

We understand that this lab is not able to offer complete financial sustainability, and so we are open to discuss and negotiate scheduling possibilities to get to a common understanding. Commitment is of utmost importance to us, so do let us know your existing commitments in the application email to us. 

What will the interview process be like?  

The interview will be conducted with the Programme Manager and Co-Artistic Directors. The Core Team of The Finger Players will also be present, whenever possible.  
Aside from finding out more about your proposal, we are also interested to find out more about you.  

Who will I be working most closely with?  

The Programme Manager, Daniel Sim, and the Co-Artistic Directors.