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Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT

Free Community Puppet-Building Workshop

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

September 12 - 13, 2015

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once again offer fall community puppet-building workshops with acclaimed Boston puppeteer Sara Peattie, to design and build life-size and over-life-size puppets for the Celebrate Mansfield Parade in downtown Storrs, Connecticut. These free workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Ballard Institute workshop space in Storrs Center. Workshop participants will be invited to parade with their puppets as part of the Celebrate Mansfield Parade on Sunday, September 20 at noon (Line-up begins at 11:00 AM at Farrell Field near the Post Office). The Parade is a part of the 12th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival.

This year's puppet-building workshops will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by designing and creating puppets based on the colorful and fantastic figures that populate Carroll's fanciful world: the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, and Alice herself--which character would you like to create?

Sara Peattie's dramatic puppet creations have been central features of community parades and pageants across the United States. Long a mainstay of Boston First Night festivities and the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York City, Sara Peattie's work--through her Boston-based Puppeteers Cooperative company and Puppet Free Library--combines community participation; simple, cheap, and practical puppet-building techniques; and a brilliant design sense to allow community members of all ages to take part in the age-old pleasures of participatory puppet performance in public spaces. Sara recently designed and directed the community puppet parade and pageant in Storrs Center as part of the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival.

To participate in these free community puppet-building workshops with Sara Peattie, sign up by contacting the Ballard Institute at or 860 486 8580.

This community puppet project is sponsored by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut and Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.

The Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B
Storrs, CT 06268
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12th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival
Sunday, September 20
On the Mansfield Town Square

Gilfry Studios

Character Voice for Puppetry and VO Workshop

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy/Gilfry Studios

September 13, 2015
Noon – 3pm

In this workshop we are going to put down the puppets, turn off the camera and sit around the microphone (so to speak) talking funny all night!

Yep… That’s the workshop. It’s ALL about getting our characters to sound just like we (and our clients and directors) want ’em to!

We’re going to talk about how to strengthen and take care of your voice. We are going to show you how to reach high for those top end voices and how to dig deep and bring up the bass. We are going to do some damn silly imitations, and we may even watch some cartoons (of course we’re gonna to watch some cartoons). Sound like fun? ‘Gonna be fun.

To sign up or if you have any questions write to

Ripley Grier Studios

Puppetry for TV - Level 1 -Fall Session 2015

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

September 15 - November 3, 2015
7 - 10 PM

8 Tuesday Nights
Class size: 10-12 students

Everyone who participates will be provided with “practice eyes” and a hand made, professional-style practice puppet that are theirs to keep! Check them out on our website!

This is a beginner level class. No previous puppetry experience is required.

In this course we will be covering:
• Basic puppetry skills including stance, eye focus, mouth sync, walks, and rod manipulation.
• Working with scripts
• Improvised scenes
• Working with the monitor
• Working with human actors
• Character building
• Vocal Characterization

**If you are considering taking this course you want to be sure you will have some time for practicing at home throughout the week. The learning comes from the class but the skill comes from the practicing!

Vonder Haar Center

457 Foothill Blvd.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Black Light Puppetry Performance Workshop

Thom Fountain, Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

September 20, 2015
$20 for members, $25 for non-members

If you have never performed production numbers with an ensemble cast in the dark, magical world of black light, here's your chance.

Workshop size limited to 15 participants

Participants will need to wear total black attire including black socks. If you have gloves and hoods, please bring them. If not, we will supply you with them.

Pay through PayPal to the LAGP account:
or mail check to:

LAGP Black Light Workshop
PO Box 501014
Los Angeles, CA

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

October 11, 2015

Tap into your creative potential and learn to sculpt your very own foam-rubber puppet! Limitless character possibilities await you in our fun, hands-on carving workshop at the Lone Wolf Tribe studio in Brooklyn (right around the corner from BAM).

Inspired by a sketch or photograph, participants learn the art of transforming a 2D visual into a fantastic three-dimensional puppet under the expert guidance of LWT artistic director, Kevin Augustine.

"In the church of puppet artistry, Augustine is divine."

No prior sculpting experience is necessary! All materials included!

Space is limited. Sign up today!

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.