BIO Index

Vincent Anthony Sciglimpaglia

I was Vincent Anthony Sciglimpaglia in High School but when I went to NYC I legally changed to my first and middle name. After graduating from SHS I went to Manatee Junior College for 1 years and decided to go to New York to study acting. I wanted a theatrical life, I knew that and was encouraged to be a part of the arts by some of my favorite teachers including Mr. Mahar and Miss Scarborough. In New York I studied acting at night and worked on Wall Street in a brokerage firm by day.

Some friends had gotten jobs as puppeteers and I was fascinated by that possibility, since I had made some puppets in Jr. High. I auditioned and made a life decision to enter an exciting field: Puppetry. As chronicled by this resume, I have made it my career and along the way, created the Center for Puppetry Arts, a celebrated one of a kind place for puppetry from all over the world. More on the Center can be found at www.puppet.org.

Thanks for taking on this daunting task of chronicling your classmates lives. Good luck!

Cordially, Vince

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Vincent Anthony
Center for Puppetry Arts

Puppetry Experience
1978-Present Founder and Executive Director, Center for Puppetry Arts
1966-1989 Founder and Director, Vagabond Marionettes
1965 Puppeteer, Sid and Marty Kroft's Les Poupees de Paris (New York World's Fair)
1964-1966 Puppeteer, Nicolo Marionettes (New York, New York)

Honors and Awards
2010 WCLK Community Honors Award

2007 Georgia Arts & Entertainment Legacy Award

2001 Lexus Leader of the Arts

1989 Personal Citation for Excellence, UNIMA-USA, the U.S. branch of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization (12 performances by the Center for Puppetry Arts have received Citations for Excellence from UNIMA-USA; awarded in 1977, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2001 (2 awards), 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010)

1989 President's Award, Puppeteers of America

1982 Governor's Award in the Arts

1980 Emory University Theatre distinguished Service Award

1973 Humane Award, The National Humane Society

Member
Board of Directors
1978-Present Center for Puppetry Arts

1979 Arts Advisory Board, General Services Administration

1977-1981 Puppeteers of America

1976 Neighborhood Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (Founding Member)

1970-1982 Arts Festival of Atlanta



Leadership
2009-Present Member, White House Disability Group

2007-Present Board Member, Delta Airlines Global Diversity Alliance

1992-Present General Secretary, UNIMA-USA (U.S. branch of UNIMA)

1979-2008 Consultant, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

2005-2006 Member, Community Cultural Plan Steering Committee, City of Atlanta

2000-2004 Vice President, UNIMA International

1996-2004 Member of Executive Committee, UNIMA International

1993-1996 Member, Advisory Council, Cultural Olympiad, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games

1993 Chair, Special Projects for Individual Theater Artists Collaborations Panel, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1992 Co-Curator, Henson Foundation International Puppetry Festival (New York City)

1991-1992 Member, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Mayor's Advisory Committee

1991 Panel Member, Distinguished Theater Artists Fellowships Service Panel, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1991 Panel Member, Overview Panel, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1991 Panel Member, Solo Artists, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1989-1990 Panel Member, Mimes, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1988-1989 Panel Member, Theater Program, Georgia Council for the Arts

1987 Panel Member, Challenge Grant, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1985-1986 Co-Chair, Atlanta Theater Coalition

1983-1985 Panel Member, Companies, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1983-1985 Panel Member, Overview Panel, Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts

1981-1983 Panel Member, Theater Program, Georgia Council for the Arts

1976-1980 Panel Member, Performing Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts

1974 President and Founder, Atlanta Southeastern Puppetry Guild

1975-1976 President, Arts Festival of Atlanta

1979-1981 President, Puppeteers of America