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St. Ann's Warehouse

Daydream Anthology by Maiko Kikuchi, 2013

Richard Termine

Seeking Artists for 2018 Puppet Lab *

St. Ann's Warehouse

September 15, 2017

The St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Prior puppetry experience is not a requirement but proposals that seek to explore and push the boundaries of puppet theater are what the Lab is about. Collaborations between artists working in different fields are encouraged.

The Lab culminates in Labapolooza!, a public presentation of the selected artists’ works-in-progress, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn. For more information or to apply, please visit Applications are DUE Sept. 15, 2017.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant

Puppets in Prague worskhop

Holandska 20
Prague 100 00
Czech Republic
Prague, --
Puppets in Prague worskhops

Mirek Trejtnar

Puppets in Prague 2017 Worskhops

Puppets in Prague

February 27 - October 19, 2017
see website for details
Varies depending on workshop

For 17 years we have brought hundreds of puppeteers from around the world into the magical world of Czech puppetry. We teach how to carve traditional Czech marionettes, how to make film animation puppets, plus marionette performance and manipulaton. Just last month, UNESCO recognized the rich tradition of Czech puppetry by declaring it a world heritage. Work with some of the leading masters at Puppets in Prague! This year you can learn how to make specialty SKELETON MARIONETTES and ACROBATIC DANCERS - four puppets on one controller.

Skeleton Dancing- 27 February - 8 March
Puppets for Film Animation- 26 April - 9 May
Marionette Carving - 12-27 June
Carving and Performance- 8 August - 3 September
Four Dancers Marionette - 9 - 19 October

Best of luck to all of you and hope to see you in Prague soon!
Leah and Mirek

Institut International de la Marionnette

7 Place Winston Churchill
08000 Charleville-Mezieres, FRANCE, --
+33 (0)3 24 33 72 50

Techniques and imaginings of the Sudanese wayang golek

Institut International de la Marionnette

August 22 - September 8, 2017
1250 euros (individual payment) 1800 euros (AFDAS or other support)

The objective of this workshop is to provide an introduction to and familiarisation with the techniques and rich imaginings issuing from the grand puppet tradition that represents the Sudanese wayang golek, a form native to the western part of the island of Java where it is extremely popular today.

It will be a matter of getting immersed in a complex form based on collective creation, through both the mastery of a variety of techniques and improvisation. The workshop will be led by puppeteer Dadan Sunandar Sunarya, accompanied by a wayang builder and three musicians.

Interpreting: Sarah Anaïs Andrieu
Number of participants: 16
Suitable for: puppeteers, puppets builders, actors
Workshop languages: French, English, Sundanese

Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

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

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.