Subscribe to the Puppet Happenings Mailing List

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Make Your Own Scarf Marionette

Sarah Frechette, Puppetkabob

February 15, 2016
$40 ($30 members)

*Price includes all materials + 1 free admission to "The Snowflake Man."

Learn how to build your own Roser-style scarf marionette and bring it to life in this fun, hands-on workshop! Award-winning artist Sarah Frechette will share wisdom from the String Academy, drawing on her years of study with German master puppeteer Albrecht Roser. You'll be amazed at how simple, elegant, and expressive a marionette can be. All participants will take home a completed scarf marionette and the basic movement vocabulary needed to create a solo performance. This is an introductory-level class. Participants will be expected to follow step-by-step instructions and use hammers, nails, needles, scissors, and other sharp tools.

Ages 13+

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA

Photo: Vitoworld Productions

Working in a Material World

Vito Leanza - Conservator, Center for Puppetry Arts

February 23 - 25, 2016
*Must attend all 3 sessions*
THREE CLASSES ONLY: $75 General / $60 Member (Member vouchers not accepted.)

We are living in a material world, now let’s work in one! Learn how to use, and where to find, the most current materials being used by puppetry professionals. Get an insider’s look at patterning, hand stitching, draping, working with foam, selecting fabrics, and using glues safely and effectively. These “tricks of the trade” make this class essential for every designer, builder, and puppeteer.

Live streaming and recorded playback are available for this class.

Drama of Works studio

320 Dean Street, 3rd floor
Brooklyn, NY
Blood Red Roses

Drama of Works

Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Drama of Works

February 27, 2016
Workshop is from 1:00pm-4:00pm
$50 (materials included)

Drama of Works will open up their studio in Brooklyn to workshop participants and teach them everything they know about shadow puppetry: lighting, screens, building and more.

Art/New York South Oxford Space - Lone Wolf Tribe Studio

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

February 28, 2016

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!

The Puppet Kitchen

220 E 4th Street
New York, NY

Monitor Nights at The Puppet Kitchen

The Puppet Kitchen

March 1, 2016
The first Tuesday of every month.
The price for the whole evening is $15. Puppets are provided but please feel free to bring your own.

Monitor Nights at the Puppet Kitchen are a great way to brush up on your video puppetry skills. On the first Tuesday of every month Chef Michael opens up the Puppet Kitchen's East Village studio to puppeteers of all skill levels and offers instruction and a safe place to learn this style of puppetry.

Our Beginner Session (6pm-7pm) is open to those 15 years old & up interested in learning the basics of video puppetry performance. We will cover eye-focus, lip synch, and movement.

Our Advanced Jam Session (7pm-8:30pm) is open to those with some video puppetry experience. The session is available to those looking for a chance to practice their skills and perform in a group setting.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Shadow Puppetry Production Lab

Brad Shur, Resident Artist

March 8 - April 12, 2016
Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm
Cost: $200 + $20 materials fee due in cash to the instructor on the first day (Register by February 15th: $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.

Ripley Grier Studios

Puppetry for TV, Film, and Video - Level 1

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

March 17 - May 5, 2016
Class meets from 7-10pm

8 THURSDAYS Starting March 17, 2016
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Class Dates: 3/17,24,31, 4/7,14,21,28 , 5/5
Class size: 10 students

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

To sign up or if you have any questions…. write to

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

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Creating Educational Puppet Shows

Lisa Sturz, Red Herring Puppets

March 17, 2016
$30 ($20 members)

The challenge these days for the working puppeteer is how to incorporate curriculum standards or informational content into a show while maintaining artistic awesomeness. This workshop offers strategies for puppeteers and theater artists who want to explore information-heavy subjects in the context of effective and entertaining performances. Using practical, real-life examples, we will brainstorm creative approaches to different content areas, discuss how to synthesize information into easily digestible bites, identify visual metaphors, narrow in on dramatic intentions, explore character, and figure out how to consult outside experts for accuracy. We will also learn to create study guides that support your performance. This is a great class for touring puppeteers, teaching artists, political activists, or anyone who has been bored by the current climate of "Edutainment." Bring your show ideas for development and discussion!

Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts

457 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada, CA

Puppet Shading and Makeup Techniques

Pay Brymer, Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

March 20, 2016
$20 for Members, $30 for Non-Members

Would you like to learn how to add color shading and “makeup” to soft or hard puppets? Then this workshop is for you! Pat will demonstrate this process using various shading techniques on raw foam, fabric covered and hard surfaced puppet faces. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to try these techniques themselves during the class. Space will be limited for this workshop, so please reserve early (reservations will close on March 13th); RSVP to and use PayPal
use PayPal and submit your payment to, or mail your check to:

LAGP Puppet Shading Workshop
PO Box 501014
Los Angeles, CA 90050-1014

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA

Photo: Warren Johnson

Rod Puppets: What Lies Beneath

Heidi Rugg, Director - Barefoot Puppet Theatre

March 28, 2016
$30 General/ $20 Member

Have you ever seen a puppet at an exhibit and just itched to get your hands on it while no one was looking? Well, here is your chance! We will get up-close and personal with rod puppet mechanisms in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Come and learn about springs, crazy levers, and Hansjurgen Fettig, all while getting "up under the hood" of rod puppets. Make a smooth-working moving mouth mech with an awesome lever that is super easy to replicate. A detailed workbook is available to all participants.

Live streaming and recorded playback are available for this class.

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA

Photo: Jeffrey C. Zwartjes

Happy Bodies, Happy Puppets!

Presented by Jeffrey Zwartjes (Puppeteer, Center for Puppetry Arts) and Alison Hastings (Yoga Instructor & Actress)

April 25, 2016
$30 General/ $20 Member

One of the greatest assets a puppeteer can have is a great relationship with his/her body. We’ll explore strength, balance, flexibility and fitness—all the tricks you can use to get your body fully integrated and up to the task of puppeteering!

Live streaming and recorded playback are available for this class.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Puppet Shorts!

Brad Shur, Resident Artist

April 26 - May 31, 2016
Cost: $200 (Register by April 1: $175) (Puppets at Night Members save 15%)

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and create! This class is designed for people who want practice putting their ideas into action. Each week, we’ll explore a different style of puppetry. Then, participants will create an original short solo performance inspired by that style. The class will learn formal critique methods that will allow us to solicit feedback and rapidly improve our work. Through this intensive process, participants will hone their technical and creative skills, and will be on their way to creating work suitable for puppet slams, web series, and cabaret style performances.

"Puppet Shorts" is an intermediate-level class: while participants do not necessarily need to have extensive puppetry experience, familiarity with the basics of theatrical production is assumed. Participants will be expected to work on performance projects outside of class time and to participate actively in class.

Any questions about class content may be directed to instructor Brad Shur:


1111 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn
New York , NY

NY Times

Contemporary Pupppetry in Practice with Tom Lee

Movement Theater Studio NYC

April 29 - May 1, 2016
April 29 - May 1
Workshop = $300

A unique three-day course - with War Horse puppeteer Tom Lee - in contemporary puppet manipulation, based on principles of traditional Japanese Bunraku

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA

Photo: Spencer Murrill

No Screams Attached: Taking the Pain Out of Sound Design for Puppet Film

Kacie Willis (Sound Designer & Filmmaker)

May 23, 2016
$30 General/ $20 Member

Puppets in film have always had the ability to incite a sense of whimsy, wonder, excitement and dread--and it’s the sum of visuals and sound that create the magic. This engaging lecture will explore the sound design, voice acting, and other audio-related topics related to the most prolific puppet characters in films, including horror film stars Chucky, Predator and of course, the Gremlins!

Live streaming and recorded playback are available for this class.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Photo: Richard Termine

2016 National Puppetry Conference - Accepting Applications

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

June 8 - 19, 2016
Pre-Conference Intensives June 8-10

Main Conference June 11-19

Deadline to Apply: February 26, 2016
see website for details

Each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through rehearsals and workshops on puppet theater performance & creation, writing, music, "puppet anarchy," marionettes, and more. The Conference culminates with two public performances, featuring new works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.

2016 Guest artists include:

Ronnie Burkett
Roger Danforth
Lisa Lichtenfels
Jim Kroupa
Richard Bradshaw
Art Grueneberger
Martin Kettling
Jim Rose
Fred Thompson
Kurt Hunter
Melissa Dunphy
Richard Termine
Derron Wood
Jane Martineau

Casa dei Fiori

Pageant Puppetry Workshop in the Italian Alps

Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles

June 24 - July 3, 2016
Based on the kind of accommodation the price ranges from around 2,290 - to 3,290 Euros per participant.

Join us for week-long workshop in pageant puppetry, culminating in a Midsummer Procession of giant puppets and other visual elements. Collaborate with international participants and local residents to build on a event that evokes the seasonal rites of the Solstice and the Festa of San Giovanni Battista, in a remote village high in the Italian Alps.

Master Puppet Designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide you through the production of the Pageant. Drawing on the oral histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales, and ecology of this under-explored corner of Occitan Italy, you will collaborate with local villagers to create an evening Procession of Lights and a Midsummer Pageant the following day. You will learn, through hands-on experience, how to construct giant puppets, banners, lanterns and ceremonial architecture.

Daily workshop sessions are complimented by trips to nearby Medieval churchesn and cheese kitchens, Occitan step-dancing lessons, and other unpredictable wonders. The workshop will be hosted by Christa and Fritz Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, an authentically restored complex of traditional stone houses. Christa, a world-class gourmet chef, will introduce participants to the tastes of early Italian summer, through elaborate communal meals with ingredients fresh from the garden.

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamtown, MA

David Lane

New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop

August 5 - 21, 2016
Register by May 1st for early bird registration: $1850 USD. After May 1st: $1950 USD.

Join us for 15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance 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).

The New England Puppet Intensive aims to create an environment which fosters colloquy, experimentation, and collaborative development—framework which we believe promotes truly inspired work. Sessions start at 9am 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. 

The New England Puppet Intensive is open to puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, designers, teachers, visual artists, writers, and anyone with a willing spirit.

Questions? Please write, call 413-652-7249 or visit

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT

Summer Puppet Arts Training Intensive

Sandglass Theater

August 14 - 27, 2016

The Intensive

Sandglass Theater is offering a two-week intensive workshop in Puppet Theater. This program is offered to puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet.

The Method

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, unlocks doors to our more secret sides and to integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as all the metaphorical possibilities of theater.

The objective of this training program is to inspire theater artists to understand and to experience the puppet as a theatrical medium. Sandglass believes in integrating this understanding of the puppet within the larger picture of expressive theater. Sandglass teaches a method of manipulation developed in over 30 years of workshops in Europe and America. Key to the training is the link between the approach to manipulation and the content of the performed work.

Classes during the intensive will be scheduled for five and a half days per week. Daily sessions will include body training and breath development with relation to puppet performance, training in manipulation technique and its relation to artistic statement, and training in materials and their metaphorical implications. Guided improvisations will lead to development of work that stresses ensemble creation as well as touching on directing techniques for puppet theater. Participants will also receive open workshop time for puppet building. The program will include some evening and weekend sessions with Sandglass company members and guests on a variety of subjects. Guided creations may be presented to an informal public audience.

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.