Piccadilly Puppets Announces Rachel Frawley as New Artistic and Managing Director

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ATLANTA, GA September 19, 2022 – Atlanta’s touring puppetry company, Piccadilly Puppets, has selected a brand-new Artistic and Managing Director. In support of the company’s mission to provide puppetry experiences of high artistic quality to young audiences, The Piccadilly Puppets Company (PPC)  is excited to move forward with new leadership. 

Incoming Artistic and Managing Director Rachel Frawley is an Atlanta based actor, writer and producer. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University and is an apprentice company graduate of the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. In addition to acting, she has narrated over 30 audiobook titles, and was a producer for the Weird Sisters Theatre Project for their 2017 and 2018 seasons. She has taught and directed acting camps, classes and master classes for theatres and studios across Atlanta. Rachel has worked and continues to train as an intimacy professional, and is enrolled in courses with the Association of Mental Health Coordinators. Currently she is writing, directing and producing a new children’s puppet musical for Synchronicity Theatre’s Stripped Bare series.

Veteran puppeteer Nancy Riggs has led the company for the past eleven years. She has endeavored to continue and grow PPC’s commitment to making puppetry accessible, interactive and affordable to underserved communities.  At her recent decision to step back from the role of Director, she led the search for her successor. “Piccadilly Puppets has been a wonderful part of my life for 25 years, and I hope to continue to be involved as a puppeteer and advisor for the near future” says Ms. Riggs. “However, I am ready to hand off leadership of the company to someone with new energy and vision. Rachel has just the combination of artistic and administrative skills needed, along with a love of children and puppets! I am excited to see how she moves the company forward.”

Rachel Frawley is thrilled to take on this opportunity, and is committed to honoring and expanding PPC’s stellar work entertaining and educating young audiences.

Piccadilly Puppets is a 501(c)3 non-profit touring puppetry company. Since its inception in 1970, Piccadilly Puppets has produced and performed puppet plays for schools, theaters, festivals and a variety of community organizations in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Incorporated in 1976, the nonprofit organization has been awarded a Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the oldest international theatre organization in the world. 

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For more information, contact Nancy Riggs, (404) 636-0022, piccadillypuppets@gmail.com

Thanks to Fulton County Arts and Culture!

Thank you to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for funding us through the Fulton County Arts Council! Piccadilly Puppets is headquartered in Fulton County and offers many shows and workshops to county residents. This funding allows us to offer our services at affordable prices.
The Contracts for Services (CFS) provides unrestricted general operating and project support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, arts & culture organizations, cultural institutions, colleges and universities, as well as units of government that produce or present ongoing arts programming open to the public. CFS contractors present programs that reflect the cultural diversity of the County, captures the imagination of adults, families and youth, invigorate neighborhood growth, support economic development and provides jobs.This year the Board of Commissioners approved $2.3 million dollars in funding for 190 recipients comprised of individual artists, arts organizations, non-profits, schools, colleges and universities, and municipalities. Awards range between $1,000 and $42,000..The awards represent funding recommended for the Annual Funding opportunity for operating and project support that closed in late January 2022 as well as the Second Round Funding opportunities including the project support, partnership and planning categories that closed at the end of May 2022.CFS award recipients are reviewed and awarded using the following evaluation criteria; artistic merit, service to the community and field, organizational effectiveness, and accessibility. Contractors are selected after a thorough evaluation by an advisory panel of professionals representing all artistic categories. The recipients that were awarded funding are projected to serve more than five million people in Fulton County. Community-based arts organizations throughout Fulton County are encouraged to apply annually for participation in the CFS Program through the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture. Applications are reviewed by staff, the Fulton County Arts Council, and the Allocations Committee, which provides additional accountability to support the Fulton County strategic goal that “AII People’s Lives Are Culturally and Recreationally Enriched” prior to submission to the Board of Commissioners.The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) will announce the 2023 Contracts for Services Program (CFS) funding opportunity in Fall 2023.
CLICK HERE FOR 2022 CONTRACT FOR SERVICES AWARDS
www.fultonarts.org

Remaining public summer shows:

LeeAnna performing A Shore Thing at the Fayetteville Public Library

We have been so busy this summer that we have neglected to post a lot of our library and park shows, but there are still chances to come see us for free!

In Alabama: Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 am CST A Shore Thing B. B. Comer Memorial Library 314 N. Broadway Ave., Sylacauga, AL

Sandy Springs: Saturday, July 23 at 3:00 pm A Shore Thing Sandy Springs Library 395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE Sandy Springs, GA 

DeKalb County: Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 am A Shore Thing and a puppet-making workshop N. H. Scott Recreation Center 2230 Tilson Rd. Decatur, GA

Madison, GA: Friday, July 29 at 6:30 pm (2 shows between 6:30 and 8:30) Cat and Mouse Tales Firefly Festival in Town Park, Madison, GA

DeKalb County: Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 TBD show and workshop in another Dekalb park – watch our social media!

Thank you to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Thanks once again to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for supporting us through the Municipal Support for the Arts Program. This support helps us reach more children in the city by keeping our prices low and sometimes providing free programs for children experiencing homelessness (for example). They are also responsible for much of the new public art we’ve been seeing in the past few years!

Read on for more information about this wonderful program.

Municipal Support for the Arts

The Municipal Support for the Arts program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. MSA awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. The program recognizes that the presence of artists and non-profit organizations involved in the arts are critical to Atlanta’s cultural vitality. The arts enrich the creative development of the city’s diverse populations and contribute positively to the social and economic well being of Atlanta and the region. The goals of the MSA program are:

  • To provide support for the existence and excellence of artists and arts organizations in Atlanta.
  • To assist in the artistic development of the arts in Atlanta so that all citizens may participate in the diverse cultural life of the city.
  • To develop the contributions of Atlanta’s culturally diverse communities.
  • To ensure that the arts have broad geographic distribution and reach all segments of the population.
  • To support a broad range of educational activities in the arts.
  • To preserve the city’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage.
  • To enhance neighborhood vitality and economic development through the arts.

Support from Fulton County in 2021!

Piccadilly Puppets is very grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support in 2021, through the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council!

Logo for Fulton County Arts and Culture with a tree image

Like the FCAC, we believe the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities – even (or especially) during a pandemic.  The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.  By supporting us financially, they are helping us bring our educational entertainment to every district of the county. Support from the county helps us to pay our puppeteers, other artists and staff, as well as the costs of traveling from one end of the county to the other, while still keeping our prices low. Funds from the county also subsidize a few shows for other non-profits, so that we can perform for children with disabilities or those experiencing homelessness, for example. Some funds were also used for puppets and props for our new version of Cherokee Tales.

For more information on Fulton County Arts and Culture, including many virtual events, exhibits, classes, please visit their website: http://www.fultonarts.org/

Virtual options still available!

Still not allowed to have visitors into your school? Can’t afford to pay travel costs to bring Piccadilly Puppets to your group? Need an option for virtual content for those last-minute short-term shutdowns?

Puppeteer holding a carrot rod puppet
Puppetry 101 Streaming class

Our virtual content is still available!

All of our shows can be used to help teach Fine Arts and English Language Arts standards. Use Butterfly Ballad to enhance your Science lessons or Cherokee Tales for Social Studies. Other titles include Cat and Mouse Tales and Puppetry 101. Check out our Show pages for more info.

Prices are very reasonable, and you can easily share videos with students at home as well as in the classroom! Watch a video at whatever time is most convenient, then schedule a live demonstration and Q&A session with a puppeteer (optional).

Most content is on YouTube through a private link you will be sent once you purchase a show. Prices start at $20 per classroom. You can check out a few free videos first. (Note: many promotional videos made from live shows are lower quality than the shows filmed in 2020, so if you are watching a video with a live audience, don’t use that video to determine the quality of what is available for purchase).

Thank you to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs!

round logo that says Resurgens Atlanta and has a phoenix in the middle

As our 2020-21 year comes to an end, we would like to thank the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for their vital support through the Contracts for Arts Services program!

It was great to be able to rely on these funds during a year when things were so uncertain. These funds help make the arts accessible to Atlanta children by helping us to keep our fees low while still traveling to districts all over the city. We also have been offering virtual shows, demonstrations and streaming Q&As all year.

Business is building back up!

With restrictions easing and our puppeteers vaccinated, we are doing more in-person shows and have added in-person workshops back into the mix. We are still offering virtual shows, too!

A photo of our booth-style puppet stage, set up on a sunny day in a park. The puppeteer stands inside wearing a bright floral shirt and holding a yellow, black & white caterpillar rod puppet. The stage has a dark green curtain and a large foam plant covered with bright green felt on the front.
Puppeteer Fracena Byrd performed Butterfly Ballad in Jess Lucas Park in Hapeville on a beautiful day in April.

Puppets at home

The puppet van sits empty and our puppets are quiet in their suitcases, waiting for a chance to perform again. It’s sad to see all of the dates on the calendar marked through with cancellations, but we are working on other things, like website updates, puppet repairs, organizing workshop materials, etc. We are posting on Facebook everyday: spotlighting shows, sharing links to puppet-making and a few of our own video clips. We will be spotlighting our puppeteers, too!

https://www.facebook.com/Piccadilly-Puppets-147488648621832/

Instagram: #piccadillypuppetsatl

We hope we will be performing again by June (dare we hope for May?), so if you’d like to schedule a show for the summer, please give us a call! We won’t require a deposit, so if your event gets cancelled or postponed, you’ll still be fine. (404)636-0022

See you when we can!

Christmas Puppet Shows in Lawrenceville and Atlanta!

Santa and his mouse helper in their red coats lined with white fur. Rod puppets from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Santa and his helper, Santa Mouse, pay a visit to a family during ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Saturday, December 7

LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt will be performing ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Aurora Children’s Playhouse! Shows at 10:00 and 11:30 $7 Don’t wait! The 11:30 show is already SOLD OUT! https://www.auroratheatre.com/productions-and-programs/view/twas-the-night-before-christmas/

Saturday, December 21

Fracena Byrd Dolan will be performing Foxy Christmas at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Shows at 12:00 and 2:00. Save $2 by buying tickets in advance online! https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/event/celebrate-christmas-a-cultural-exploration/

A photo of the Santa Claus and Belinda Bunny puppets from Foxy Christmas
Santa loves Belinda Bunny’s Carrot Pies!