IsleWilde 2017

You are invited!

Free Artist Residency

July-August 2017


Puppeteer Special

Calling all performers, puppeteers, actors, singers, dancers, clowns, musicians, painters, sculptors, families, kids, whackdoodles and creatives of all kinds!

You are invited to join us this summer at the 25th (yes! Count em! 25!) annual Islewilde arts and performance festival.

Islewilde dates:

July 14-20–set up
July 21-August 14–Islewilde camping and workshops
August 11-12–final performances

August 13-14–big cleanup

What is Islewilde?

It’s an open creative play space in an idyllic field in the woods on an island in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a small gathering of artists (from around the country and around the world, along with our own local weirdos), a chance to live and work together in a non-hierarchical environment. We will share meals, skills, shows, stories, ideas, make connections, and finally create new works together, performances and installations in the field.

This is very much about the process of living in a temporary intentional creative community, and working hard together for the joy of creation and cohabitation. But it is also about our sacred responsibility to create an amazing and magical art and theater experience for a small and lucky public. The goal is to transform the field into a magical wonderland, and take the audience on a journey of the imagination.

The creative challenge for the participating artists this year will be to form five teams, which will each, over the space of 3 weeks, create there own creative sculptural theater space, costumes, puppets, masks, scripts, and performances of any and all kinds. When the audience arrives on the final day, they will be split into 5 equal groups and led by a representative character from each team to their own theater. So 5 groups of audience will each be watching a different show at the same time. At the end of the show, a gong will sound, and the audiences will move with their group to the next theater space, and watch the next show. The audience will all see 5 shows but in different orders, and the performers will all perform their piece 5 times. At the end of the fifth show, the audience will be gathered to the center for one final big group performance and culmination tying it all together. This should be a mind blowing theater experience for the audience, and the challenge for the participating artists will be to create a show that is somehow cohesive and entertaining, regardless of what order it is watched in.

As you can see, we have created a structure in which to work, but what goes into that structure, in terms of content and aesthetic, is up to all of the participants, and we will figure that out together while we are living in the field.

The schedule for building the shows is 3 weeks–Friday, July 21-Friday, August 11, leading up to the final show on Saturday, August 12. It’s ideal for you to come for the whole time, but if you can’t commit to the full 3 weeks, don’t let that keep you away–I would recommend, though, that whenever you arrive, you stay through the final show on August 12. If you live close enough to commute, and don’t want to camp out that’s okay too. Whatever makes you happy!

Be forewarned: this is a rustic setting. We have no running water and no electricity. We will be living in tents (bring your own tent, mats and sleeping bags if possible–if you need to borrow any of this let me know). While rustic, it is by no means uncomfortable–We load in Water in big tanks. We build a camp kitchen with propane stoves in which we cook delicious meals to share every day. We also create a shaded studio space, loaded with tools and materials for all creations, and a costume room and lounge complete with sofas. And at night we can get cosy around the campfire.

This is a free residency. We only ask that you come eager to participate, collaborate and create.  If you have the means to contribute money and/or food to help defray the cost of feeding everyone, that is greatly appreciated, but not mandatory.

Feel free to send a personal fb message to Adam Ende with any questions, for more info, or just to let me know you will be coming. You can also call me at three four seven four-five five five five five-eight.



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, 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:

We lost the one small king county grant that had been sustaining us, but with the money we have raised from donations by individuals like you, we are able to feed people, buy materials, tools, and deal with logistical expenses. 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 has donated! You help make something beautiful and magical happen in the world! We all need more of that!

We spend 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.

Artists come from all over the world:  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.

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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