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Champion Dance Studio

David Fino

8 Week Puppetry for TV, FIlm, and Video Class with Paul McGinnis

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

June 17 - July 29, 2014
There is no live performance scheduled with this course.

8 Tuesdays, 7–10pm starting June 17, 2014
Class size: 10 students
Instructor: Paul McGinnis

*No previous puppetry experience is required. All students must sign up in advance.

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

Everyone who participates will be provided with "practice eyes" and a hand made, professional-style practice puppet that are theirs to keep!

**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!

To sign up, or if you have any questions write to

About the Instructor:
Paul McGinnis has been a puppeteer for Sesame Street since 2001. Other television and film credits include Crank Yankers, Warren the Ape, Crash & Bernstein, Felt, It’s a Big Big World, Dog With a Blog, The Book of Pooh, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, and The Muppets.  He has puppeteered for the viral video hits Funny Or Die's "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" starring Jon Hamm and “the [title of show] show”.  And his work can be seen in commercials for LivingSocial, Sony Bravia, and Go Daddy.  On stage, Paul puppeteered the Audrey II plants for the first national Broadway tour of Little Shop of Horrors, and manipulated the life-size dinosaur puppets for Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular.  He produces his own works of puppetry for screen and stage, and particularly enjoys creating dance-oriented, Bunraku-style puppet pieces.  Paul grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lone Wolf Tribe Studio

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY
Our last workshop

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

July 27, 2014

From a picture or your imagination, tap into your creative potential and learn to sculpt your very own puppet!
Limitless character possibilities await you in our fun hands-on carving workshop at the Lone Wolf Tribe studio in Brooklyn.

Our workshops are an engaging and personal way to discover the universal art of puppetry and learn the specialized techniques of one of New York City’s most unique puppeteers. From the novice and uninitiated to the advanced performer, curiosity and a willingness to learn are the only criteria. Our workshops make a great gift for a friend or family member, as well as a memorable afternoon date for friends and couples.

Our next workshop will be Sunday, July 27th, 2-5:30pm.

For any other info, email: or call 718-398-3701

Registration fee is $65 (materials included)
*Sign up a friend and receive a discount*
Sign up now. Space is limited.

Or pay by credit card
Sign up for 1 participant
Discount for you and a friend

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamstown, MA

New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop

August 2 - 18, 2014
Participants should arrive between 4 pm and 5 pm the afternoon of August 2. Departure will be after breakfast, the morning of August 18.
Register before April 1: $1750. Register after April 1: $1850. Includes workshop, materials, shared accommodation and on-campus meals.

15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance presented by members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with instruction focusing 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 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 in the area 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.

Sandglass Theater

Summer Puppet Arts Training Intensive

Sandglass Theater

August 10 - 23, 2014
see website for details

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.

Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Glove Puppetry Boot Camp

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

August 11 - 15, 2014
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Register by July 15: $195, After July 15: $220

Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe, glove puppets can express an enormous range of character and emotion without ever blinking an eye.

In this fun and rigorous class, participants will learn the fundamentals of glove puppet manipulation from a professional puppeteer. Starting with basic exercises for manual dexterity and building towards complete multi-character scenes, students will acquire a “movement vocabulary” that lets their hands express almost any emotion or action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theatre’s unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage.

Whether you're a seasoned performer or just looking for a way to enliven story time, this boot camp will leave your hands ready for action!

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

Puppet School

Los Angeles, CA

Ongoing Puppet Theater Classes in NY, LA & San Francisco

Puppet School

See website for details
see website for details

Puppet School offers a variety of classes, all of which are taught with a sense of fun, discipline and simplicity. This makes for a strong technique that will serve each student for a lifetime. To learn more about the individual classes and availability, click below.

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.