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AchesonWalsh Studios

505 Johnson Avenue
Studio 16
Brooklyn, NY
Work in Process

Matt Acheson


AchesonWalsh Studios

November 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Tuesdays-Thursdays from 7pm-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm.

AchesonWalsh Studios are offering puppetry workshops for those wishing to further develop their fabrication skills. Join us at our custom fabrication workshop in Brooklyn and gain hands-on experience exploring puppet techniques in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. We will share tips and tricks from our years designing and building puppets for some of the largest entertainment companies in the world. These workshops are ideal Christmas presents for the craftsperson you love (including yourself!).

Email with the name of the class in which you are interested and we will contact you with the dates and times available.


Sesame Street Puppeteer Workshop 2018

Sesame Workshop

December 8 - 31, 2017

Sesame Workshop is looking for highly talented puppeteers, age 18 and over, from diverse communities and racial backgrounds who are looking to develop and hone their on-camera puppeteer skills. As a company that advocates diversity, we recognize the importance of representation both on and off-screen, so that children of all backgrounds can see themselves in the content they consume. If you are familiar with the Sesame Street style of television puppetry, have the basic skills, and are interested in the opportunity to participate in a future puppeteer workshop in New York City, please apply as directed below:

1. Make a short video (1:30 MAX) showcasing your talents as a puppeteer following these guidelines:

Introduce the video as yourself.
Enter and exit frame with your puppet (it’s helpful if the puppet you use has good eye focus) showing a variety of character voices (2-3 minimum). Please note: we want to see your original character voices, not existing Sesame Street character voices.
Finish your video with a short song…we would like to hear you sing!
2. Upload your video to YouTube (Private setting) and send that YouTube link along with your bio and a signed copy of the attached release to:

Please note: your submission will not be reviewed without the signed release.

No emails or videos will be accepted after December 31, 2017. We will contact you with more details only if you are selected.

Below is the link to apply for the Sesame Street Puppeteer Workshop 2018

Please note that acceptance into and/or participation in a Sesame Street Puppeteer Workshop is in no way an employment audition for Sesame Street or any Sesame Workshop production.

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

January 14, 2018
11:00am - 2:30pm

Tap into your creative potential by learning to sculpt your very own puppet! Limitless possibilities await you in this fun, hands-on carving workshop.

Working from a sketch or photograph, you'll transform a 2D visual into a fantastic three-dimensional character using LWT's “subtractive-sculpting” techniques, led by artistic director, Kevin Augustine.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

1320 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

David Lane

Wood Carving & Puppet Design

David Lane / New England Puppet Arts

June 13 - 19, 2018
9 am – 9 pm daily
$1150 plus $100 materials fee

This unique residency workshop will focus on wood as a primary construction material for building performing objects. We’ll work with traditional carving techniques as well as rotary power tools to create masks and bodies, and then get deep into the mechanics of joints and controls. We’ll look at various ways that wooden sculpture may be employed to create realistic notions, and explore more abstract ideas, delighting in the unexpected discoveries that come with a sense of playfulness in the creation process.

When we’re not engaged in studio time, we will have unlimited access to wander the halls of MASS MoCA and find inspiration in the work of Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer, Franz West, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and many other world class artists.

Tuition includes studio space, accommodations, and some meals.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Registration closes Dec. 15.

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamstown, MA

2018 New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop/New England Puppet Arts

July 31 - August 17, 2018
Arrive between 4 and 5 pm on the first day. We'll settle settle in and enjoy a picnic dinner. Orientation and the first session will begin at 7 pm. Departure is 10:30 am on the final day.
Tuition: $1750 plus $200 materials fee. Includes, home cooked meals and shared accommodations.

Join us for 15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry presented by members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Instruction focuses on physical awareness, character development, ensemble building & puppet design. In addition, participants will work toward the development of original material presented at the end of the workshop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

Sessions start at 9 am and go well into the evening. The fields and facilities at Buxton School in Williamstown allow us to work indoors and out, bringing our creative laboratory into the natural surroundings of this hillside playground. Several blocks of time will be designated as "time-off/artist-dates" when participants may choose to explore some of the surrounding arts and culture venues including Mass MoCA, The Clark, Tanglewood, and the Willimington Flea Market. 

In addition, participants will take part in a collective creation project which will be presented as part of the Berkshire Lantern Walk in partnership with the world renown Clark Art Institute.

The New England Puppet Intensive is open to puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, designers, teachers, visual artists, writers, and anyone with a willing spirit.

Center for Puppetry Arts, Online Classes

Distance Learning, The Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts

online - anytime
-see website for details-

The Center for Puppetry Arts uses the latest technology to offer nationwide Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing, webinars, and streamed content. Arts-infused workshops are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum for K-12 groups. For K-5, hands-on puppet building integrates with science, social studies, language arts and other disciplines to create a dynamic, interactive virtual classroom for a virtual field trip experience. Middle School/High School programs are discussion based. Programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas. The Center provides a comprehensive study guide and materials list for most programs.

Webinars (both live and streamed) and streamed workshops and lectures are available for teachers seeking demos and professional development (also available via videoconferencing). Streamed workshops are also ideal for anyone interested in learning about puppetry.

The Distance Learning Team @ Center for Puppetry Arts

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.