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NOLA Rehearsal Studios

250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave.
New York, NY

Puppetry classes and more!

Movement Theater Studio NYC

November 10 - 12, 2017
TBA on website, register at
new low price $250

A unique three-day course in contemporary puppet manipulation with renowned War Horse puppeteer and designer Tom Lee. Using principles of traditional Japanese puppet theater as a starting point, this workshop is for puppeteers and movement based actors to study the art of bringing a figure to life through focus, breath and fixed points of intention.
In addition to Bunraku-style puppetry, participants will have an opportunity to construct a puppet head and experience how the act of sculpting a character informs its movement. Ideal for directors and performers interested in devised work and a collaborative approach to theater making this workshop is primarily for new puppeteers to gain a hands-on launch into the genre—and come away with the start of a puppet!
As part of the workshop, students will:
Study the concepts fixed point, effort, weight and intention
Explore the basic techniques of 3-person manipulation inspired by the division of labor in traditional Japanese puppet theater: head operator, left hand operator and leg operator
Create a full, raw style puppet from paper and, through various études, explore its character
Build a puppet head from basic materials and have the opportunity to manipulate that head using a puppet body provided for the workshop

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Glove Puppet Boot Camp

Brad Shur

November 16, 2017
$50 Puppets at Night (and higher level) Members: $35.

Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, glove puppets can express an enormous range of character and emotion without ever blinking an eye.
In this fun and rigorous class, participants will learn the fundamentals of glove puppet manipulation from a professional puppeteer. Starting with basic exercises and building towards more complex skills, students will acquire a ''movement vocabulary'' to express a wide variety of emotion and action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theater's unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage.
Whether you're a seasoned performer or just looking for a way to enliven story time, this boot camp will leave your hands ready for action!.

Art/New York South Oxford Space Lone Wolf Tribe Studio

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY 11217, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

November 19, 2017
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.

Next workshop: Oct 22nd, 2017 (SUN)

Space is limited. Sign up today!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Creating Puppet Theater from Social Testimony

Sandglass Theater

December 6 - 8, 2017
Three Sessions
Cost: $175 Register by November 26th: $150, Puppets at Night (and higher level) Members save 15%

Sandglass Theater is known internationally for their extraordinary ability to give voice to human stories through the visual medium of puppet theater. This intensive workshop invites participants into this process, giving practitioners access to essential research, rehearsal, and performance techniques while teaching the utmost respect for the communities and audiences being served. Class members share stories through through a story circle exercise, developed by John O’Neal in the Free Southern Theater during the civil rights movement. The stories we tell will become the material for exploring both the potential of puppets to embody these stories and the artistic choices we have to make to give the stories voice. The focus of the workshop addresses how we can tell the story of someone else without “playing” that role, and without appropriating that culture. The process looks at song, at the actor/puppet relationship, and at simultaneous scenes, among other techniques, to explore what makes the puppet a special medium for evoking and transmitting social testimony. Participants will work with Sandglass’ exercise puppets from day one, and with any objects or raw materials that seem appropriate on day two. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. There are no materials fees for this workshop and no pre-requisite skills necessary. We welcome registrants of diverse backgrounds, experience levels, and identities to participate.

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.

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.