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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.

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.

Panorama Arts Collective

5213 Grays Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Rachel Wisnieski

Getting at Liveness

Donna Oblongata

December 9 - 10, 2017
10am-6pm both days
$120 Suggested

n this two-day workshop, we’ll work on cultivating maximum liveness on stage—both in ourselves and in the objects we bring with us. We’ll investigate how to bring an ordinary object to life on stage, and how to develop a relationship with it. We’ll also look within ourselves, at that which is most truly alive, honest, and fantastic—and practice bringing that into performance as well.

No experience necessary!

Suggested fee $120 Please register by e-mailing

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.