Creating Puppet Theater from Social Testimony
December 6 - 8, 2017
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.