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Puppet Kitchen Productions

220 E 4th Street
Between Avenues A and B
New York, NY

Monster Making Master Class

Puppet Kitchen Productions, Inc

February 18 - March 4, 2017
Class #1: "Get a Head"
Duration: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Class #2: "Body Building"
Duration: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m

Class #3: "Our Feature(s) Presentation"
Duration: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to make your own professional puppet from scratch? Do you need your own live hand practice puppet, or just want to learn more about puppet making in general?

Well, come on down to the Puppet Kitchen for our Monster Making Master Class!

In this three part series, Chef Michael will show you how to design and construct your very own “live hand” lip synch style puppet entirely from scratch. Each class will cover a specific area of puppet design and construction.

No prior puppet making experience is needed, however, machine and hand sewing experience is a plus. All materials will be provided.

Ages: 16 and up
Participants under the age of 18 must have a chaperone.

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

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Mechanism Masterclass: Springs!

Barefoot Puppet Theatre

February 28 - March 1, 2017
Two Sessions: February 28 & March 1 |
6:30 - 9:30 PM
$75 ($60 members)

Why settle for puppets on a stick when your characters can have unlimited potential to move in the most wonderful ways! Master Puppeteer Heidi Rugg of Barefood Puppet Theatre in Virginia explores rod puppet design and crafting with a special emphasis on the use of springs. Participants will create their own spring-operated, moving mouth mechanism as they learn about how to find the right springs, make springs, and apply them in puppet building and design. A great class for both beginners and pros interested in rod puppet design. Registration includes a free ticket to see "Trickster Tales." Recommended for ages 16+

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217, NY

Puppet Technique Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

March 4, 2017
11:00am - 4:00pm

Discover Lone Wolf Tribe’s unique approach to bringing the inanimate to life in this hands-on workshop designed for the beginning puppeteer as well as the seasoned multi-disciplinary theater maker.

Drawing on the traditional principals of Bunraku-style puppetry (three-person teams) along with solo work explorations, we'll synthesize mask focus, breath awareness and the emotional dynamics of the physical body to create puppet life that is both believable and dynamically rich.

Led by LWT's Kevin Augustine, come experience puppetry's limitless artistic expression while learning the tools that can leave an audience breathless.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

March 7 - 28, 2017
March 7, 14, 21, & 28 | 6:30-9pm
$175. Register before February 25: $150. Puppets at Night Members save 15%.(Puppets at Night Members save 15%).

What do translucent buffalo hide and overhead projectors have in common? Shadow puppetry is a centuries-old art form that is constantly evolving to incorporate new materials and technologies. In "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry," students will learn the history of shadow theater and will encounter examples of exciting work being developed by contemporary shadow puppeteers. Through building and performance exercises, the class will explore diverse styles of shadow puppets ranging from simple silhouettes to elaborate cut-out figures with moving parts. By the end of the class, students will have acquired all the tools they need to create their own shadow puppet show!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Sock Puppet Pro!

Jonathan Little, Little's Creatures

March 29 - April 12, 2017
March 29, April 5, & April 12, 6:30-9pm
$120 + $15 materials fee (due in class to the instructor) Register before March 10: $95. Puppets at Night Members save 15%!

Are you ready to make the most awesome sock puppets ever? Join Jonathan Little of Little’s Creatures as we learn how to transform simple socks into stunningly awesome characters and bring them to life on stage and screen. Students will learn the fundamentals of mouth puppet construction including how to: cut, sew, and glue fabric; construct a working mouth; and attach eyes, arms, and rods for manipulation. Everyone will go home with their own original sock puppet!

No previous experience is necessary. This is a great class for teachers, craft artisans, solo performers, or anyone interested in pro-quality puppet construction.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Shadow Puppetry Production Lab

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

April 25 - May 30, 2017
Six Tuesday evenings,
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 6:30-9pm
$200 + $20 materials fee, due in cash to the instructor at the start of class. Register by April 1: $175 + $20 materials fee. (Puppets at Night Members save 15%).

Make your story ideas a reality! Learn to build and perform your very own shadow puppet show in this rigorous and supportive class. We'll begin with research and design exploration, using both scripting and visual storyboarding to get your concept ready for production. We will then create scenery and visual environments while learning to bring shadow characters to life with movement, sound, and advanced manipulation techniques. We will also learn methods for crafting puppets from durable materials and will utilize mechanisms such as hinges, rivets, springs, and slides. Participants will be invited to showcase their work in the Puppet Showplace Slam. This is an advanced-level class: "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry" or equivalent artistic experience is recommended. Participants will be expected to work on projects outside of class time.

NOLA Rehearsal Studios

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

Contemporary Puppetry in Practice

Movement Theater Studio NYC

April 28 - 30, 2017
Friday - 6:30 - 10pm
Sat & Sun - 10am - 3pm
$290 + $10 materials fee = Total: $300 (A $100 deposit is required to secure space. Refundable until 4/14. Remainder of fee is due 4/21.)

A unique two-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

Buxton School

291 South Street
Williamtown, MA

New England Puppet Intensive -- Design and Construction Edition

Dave Lane (Old Trout Puppet Workshop) & Marie-Êve Cormier

June 28 - July 9, 2017
Arrive between 3 and 4 pm on Wednesday, June 28th.

Immerse yourself in the ultimate studio experience! For 10 days, we’ll engage in a unique design laboratory with a fully stocked puppet-making studio set against the backdrop of the beautiful Massachusetts Berkshires.

At the core of our work is a concern for expressiveness and character. We will dispel with the impulse to build puppets by classification and taxonomy and instead ask more fundamental questions which free the puppet designer to innovate beyond routine forms. Puppetry and mask exercises will help us more fully understand the interplay between design and performance.

Woven into the experience is a collective creation project which will be presented as part of the Berkshire Lantern Walk in partnership with the world renown Clark Art Institute.

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT

Puppet Arts Training Summer Intensive

Sandglass Theater

August 7 - 19, 2017
Classes during the intensive will be scheduled for five and a half days per week.
$1400 not including meals and housing

Two weeks of full immersion into the art and soul of puppet theater. The intensive is offered to anyone who is seeking to expand and deepen their skill and understanding of the puppet.

Led by Sandglass Theater's artistic directors, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass who have developed this training method for over 30 years.

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.