IsleWilde 2016

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The 2016 Islewilde festival dates are July 1 – July 31 all month! Free workshops start July 1st. You are welcome to visit us in our field any time to collaborate on shows, art, masks, puppets, installations, music, and more. See the How do I get here page for directions to our Old Mill Road location on Vashon Island.


Check out our upcoming shows:

Saturday, July 9, 1pm at the Vashon Saturday Farmer’s Market
Sunday, July 17, 11am at the Strawberry Festival: Youth Stage

Our big shows in the field:

Friday, July 29 at dusk
Saturday, July 30 at 7pm



Celebrating its 24th season, IsleWilde is an ever-changing community of friends, families and artists. We are right here from Vashon, and over the years many have travelled to be here from near and far, including: Seattle, British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Quebec, New York, Spain, Germany, Taiwan, Hope, and Indonesia.

We come together in the spirit of creativity to write shows, make puppets, masks, villages, music, dinner, you name it. There will be experienced creation professionals on hand to help you unearth/unleash your creative potential. If you want to teach a specific workshop/skill we would love that.

Islewilde is a “Free for all” festival. No money is required for any of our workshops or performances, and the ‘DIY’ spirit rules. Show up any time and create. We will have art supplies on hand, but if you have some to contribute, please bring them.

Camping: Come camp with us! Minimal to no infrastructure, so bring whatever you need to be happy.

Free artist residency in the woods in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Seeking puppeteers, performers, dancers, musicians, thing makers, visual artists, storytellers, myth makers, writers, families.

Dates: July 1-31

Place: a field in the woods on Vashon Island, WA (a short ferry ride from Seattle)

Note: if you can’t make it for a whole month, come for at least a week, and be sure to stay til July 31.

You are invited! Islewilde is a small community performance and art festival, now going into it’s 24th year. It is a chance for artists to gather in an idyllic field in the woods with the local whackos, share skills and stories, create new work individually and together, share already made performances with their peers, and collaborate on a large scale interactive immersive performance.

Be prepared–this is rustic living. Bring a tent. There will be a camp kitchen set up, and a workshop tent. There is no running water, but we bring in tanks of water for washing up and drinking. There is no electricity. But we share really great meals together, and make art all day. And there are no bugs!!! What more do you want?

If you have any pieces you are working on, or have been thinking about developing, this might be a great chance to try that out, get help and feedback from other artists, and have a really supportive audience. If you have any pieces already made, it’s a great chance to share them. And if you just want to join in and collaborate with everyone on the big group performances, there are so many ways to get involved–you can help construct the set, and transform the field into a weird wonderland. You can lead workshops, make costumes, participate in dance and movement workshops, make masks and giant puppets, help develop the story, create and embody a character for yourself, make instruments, join the house band. There is room for anything, everything, and everyone. If you are excited about making something happen, the answer is always yes. It’s a strange and wonderful artists’ playground.

Along with the usual assortment of oddball local vashon island artists and residents, this year you can expect to collaborate with an amazing team of artists we have been assembling from around the country and the world.

This year, as our participants arrive, all will be challenged to come together in small teams, and collaborate with artists they haven’t worked with before to create new short works every week. There will be several opportunities throughout the month to present these short pieces, and our big show at the end will showcase the short pieces we will have been working on all month.

But it wont just be a regular variety show, because we will also be working on installations in the field all month, transforming it into a magical wonderland. The audience will be invited to travel to this fairyland by way of the imagination, and once there, find themselves immersed in our world. What is the frame story? Who are the audience? Why are they here? Who are these people telling these stories with their shows? We will be working together to answer these questions, and create this story all month.

If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact us with any questions, and for more information.

Can’t wait to see you in the field!

Yours Truly,

Adam Ende, founder and janitor of Jawbone Puppet Theater

Plea for Donations


I am writing to ask if you would like to support a very special festival, the Islewilde community arts and performance festival on Vashon Island, WA, now going into its 24th year.

Starting July 1, island residents will be joined by artists from around the country and the world, and all of us (including adults, children, old folks, and teens) will live together in a field in the woods for a month, where we will share meals, skills, stories, and shows, and create new works and installations together, performing for the public every weekend. This is all done on a volunteer basis–we participate because we need this kind of beauty in our lives.

No doubt you have more important things to worry about, and more pressing things to do with your money, so if you can’t donate, don’t sweat it. But if you feel like you would like to support a little wonder, art and magic, just for the sake of more wonder art and magic in the world, then here is a great chance to do that.

We’ve made it super easy for you to make donations.


You can make a donation with Paypal to
(Important–Please write “ISLEWILDE” and your full name in the subject. We would like to thank you publicly on our thank you sign at the festival. If you don’t want to be publicly thanked, still include your name in the subject for our records, but add the word “anonymous”)

Or if you don’t like to do PayPal, you can send a check made out to our de facto managing director, Adam Ende. And mail the check to:

Adam Ende
8835 SW 148th Pl
Vashon, WA 98070
(Also let us know if you prefer to remain anonymous)

Before you decide–here are some more things you might like to know:

Last year we lost the one small king county grant that had been sustaining us, but with the money we raised from donations by individuals like you, we were able to feed people, buy materials, tools, and deal with logistical expenses. And it was amazing! It was so good that at the end, the one problem we agreed on was that we didn’t have enough time together, and decided that next time it should be a full month of art for art’s sake in a field!

Last year, with the support of the donations we received, we were able to build our first permanent structure on site. Under the guidance of genius inventor/art hermit, Bill Birdsall from Casa Mucaro, Puerto Rico, we built a small beautiful domed structure with experimental techniques, using bamboo and cement.

So much thanks again to everyone who donated last year! You helped make something beautiful and magical happen in the world! We all need more of that!

So now we are about to embark on this adventure of one whole month in the woods, living together and utilizing recycled materials, spinning garbage into gold, making shows, and transforming an ordinary field into a magical wonderland, where we will invite the public to watch, share food and drinks, and participate for free.

In two weeks, artists will begin to arrive from Minneapolis, Montana, NYC, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, France, Israel, Taiwan, and more.

So–we could really use your help with a few bucks. Your donations will be used to help us feed and host our visiting artists, cover some ferry fare, buy materials and tools for workshops and shows, and other various logistical expenses such as dump runs for the cleanup effort at the end. No amount is too big or too small. Even $1 is great, and will be put to use. Whatever you can give is cool–$5, $10, $20, $50–it’s all good. $100 would be awesome. $500 will blow our minds. Regardless of how much you can or can’t donate, you are invited to come to the festival for as long as you want. Hell, you can come for the full month and camp with us and be part of the show. Or you can just come for the performances on the final weekend.

We’d love to include your name on a thank you sign at the festival. If you don’t want us to do that, please let us know.

Just one more thing–if you can donate, please donate as soon as possible, because the festival is coming right up.

The festival dates are July 1-31

We will be performing every weekend, and our final big shows in the field will be July 29 & 30.

Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call with any questions. I can also send an event description/invitation for this years festivities upon request.  Also please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in helping us!

Note: Islewilde is not a 501c3 organization. We are nothing. But we can use your help. Thanks!


Adam Ende, Founder and Janitor, Jawbone Puppet Theater.

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