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MJ Productions

4020 W Magnolia Blvd, Suite K
Burbank, CA

Puppet Character Voice Workshop with MJ Lallo!

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

September 27, 2014

Want to learn about creating a character voice for your puppet? Join forces with your puppet? Study with one of the most accomplished voiceover artists/directors in Los Angeles in this special workshop for puppeteers!

We're delighted to offer an introductory voice workshop with MJ Lallo, an award winning Voice Artist, VO Casting Director, VO Director, composer and singer.
In this overview specifically targeted to puppeteers, MJ will discuss the key elements of creating and performing character voices. She will cover how to "find voices," how to develop your vocal instrument and reveal a little about the business of voice over.

You'll learn:
- Tools and techniques to help create a character
- Breathing and voice stretching techniques
- Working on a microphone

And you'll actually record various types of voices on a microphone, in a professional recording studio and your audio files from class will be delivered via email!
You can bring your puppet or character drawings as inspiration for character voices.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so sign up today!!
Please contact Christine at for more information.

Movement Theater Studio

Hunter Canning

Contemporary Puppetry in Practice

Movement Theater Studio, NYC

October 17 - 19, 2014
10/17 6:30 - 10pm
10/18 & 10/19 10am - 3pm

A unique three-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

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.