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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency Call for Submissions

Jim Henson Foundation/Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

June 16 - July 13, 2015
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Hosted by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center at their Waterford campus, the Jim Henson Foundation residency expands and broadens the work of the National Puppetry Conference by offering space and support for the development of a new piece of puppet theater.

Residencies may be between 2-4 weeks, can support up to 10-12 project participants, and covers full room and board. Dramaturgical support for the project will be provided by the O'Neill's literary office, a unique feature of the residency that is comparable to the support offered to plays developed at the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference. The residency can take place during the fall, winter, or springs months, with space available starting in January 2016.

A small grant of $5,000 will also be awarded to the artists by the Jim Henson Foundation to help cover expenses.

Those interested in applying must submit the following for review in the Letter of Intent stage:

* a one-page Project Description
* a one-page artist(s) description and/or company bio
* a one-page visual

All pages must be 8.5" x 11", one-sided. If your visual has notes or captions, please be sure to include them on the same side as the imagery.

Submissions must be received by July 13th at:

The Jim Henson Foundation
attn: Puppetry Residency
37-18 Northern Boulevard, Suite 400
Long Island City, NY 11101

Puppetry in Practice Center

2900 Bedford Avenue
James Hall, Rm 0712
Brooklyn, NY

Puppetry in Practice Summer Institute: The Power of Arts-Infused Learning

Puppetry in Practice

July 6 - 17, 2015
FIVE half-day workshops at $600, plus $50 towards ticket price

Puppetry in Practice Certificate
Puppetry & Arts Skills Immersion: The Power of Arts-Infused Learning
Join us in July for an arts immersion you’ll never forget. Work with masters and other specialists to create puppetry and animation, infuse theater techniques in classroom and explore imaginative ways to enhance literacy for students of all ages. Discover how bringing stories to life through various art forms can actually speed English Language Learning, enhance cultural studies and address the needs of all students, including Special Education populations. Meet and work with the core staff at Puppetry in Practice (PiP), a nationally regarded independent, not-for-profit arts-in-education center housed at Brooklyn College.

Work side-by-side with PiP artists, as they share their favorite techniques—and go home with a completely augmented set of classrooms skills as well as your own puppet theater creation. An acclaimed organization for more than 30 years, the award-winning Puppetry in Practice works in more than 20 New York City public schools, as well as with the faculty and students of the Childhood Bilingual and Special Education Department of Brooklyn College.

Choose either two weeks of puppetry, two weeks of theater arts, or one week of each.


(Also available as one-week courses, with no certificate.)

Program Highlights
• Learn cutting-edge techniques from highly regarded real-world artists
• Engage in a comprehensive immersion in imagination, creativity and discovery
• Re-energize and re-imagine classroom learning
• Celebrate cultural diversity, language arts and social studies
• Gather immediately applicable tools for dynamic classroom teaching
• Get beyond theory and learn through and with the arts
• Maximize your strengths through this AFFORDABLE arts immersion

The Power of Puppet Play and Play-Making: The Best of Both Boroughs

Curriculum Overview


Week One (July 6 - July 10, 2015)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
A five-day puppet-making exploration with the Puppetry in Practice staff. Leave with your very own Toy Theater and lots of ways to create puppets and stages for the classroom using only paper, cardboard and your imagination. Develop engaging ways to integrate puppetry arts into the curriculum. Work with a variety of materials to create puppet characters using recycled materials. Explore ways to create shadow puppet stages and puppets, as well as simple hand-and-rod puppets. Work with stories that provide ways to integrate English language skills into the performance process.

Week Two (July 13 - July 17, 2015)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bring 21st century learning and time-honored traditions together by introducing technology into the puppet-making process. Using children’s stories, students have the opportunity to take paper-based puppet-making techniques and interpret them through the process of contemporary stop-motion animation. Work side-by-side by with artists to discover new media technologies that are creating excitement within public schools.

Brooklyn Program Cost:
Each WEEK consists of FIVE half-day workshops at $600, plus $50 materials fee


Week One (July 6 - July 10, 2015)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
A five-day, skills-based arts immersion in using real-world theater techniques to enhance classroom learning. Working with a longtime theater professional, make your classroom techniques and learning environment more exciting. Improvisation, theater games and performance techniques can help make you the teacher you’ve always wanted to be. These very same techniques enhance English Language learning skills for ELL, Special Ed and Bilingual students. Increase your teaching techniques and the language arts skills of all student populations in one comprehensive classroom weeklong.

Week Two (July 13 - July 17, 2015)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Explore culturally based children’s literature and adapt a folktale into an exciting and entertaining theater piece. Find out how theater and play can have immediate impact on literacy and language learning. These classroom-tested techniques are gaining momentum and excitement throughout the public schools. Find out just how fun learning can be.
* Course may include seeing a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, with an added bonus of a backstage tour. (Subject to availability and may be modified based on enrollment.)

Gilfry Studios


Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

July 6, 2015
6:30 - 9:30

Monday July 6, 6:30 – 9:30

Class size: 9 Students Max.

On The Internet.

Join us for a webinar on Google Hangouts! All you need is a google account, an Internet connection, and a webcam to participate. (You can also join in on most smartphones and tablets if you download the Google Hangouts App.) You’ll be able to ask questions, interact, watch us demonstrate, and make your own silly voices all from the comfort of your own home computer screen. Space is limited to 9 participants.

In this workshop we are going to put down the puppets, turn off the camera and sit around the microphone (so to speak) talking funny all night!

Yep… That’s the workshop. It’s ALL about getting our characters to sound just like we (and our clients and directors) want ’em to!

We’re going to talk about how to strengthen and take care of your voice. We are going to show you how to reach high for those top end voices and how to dig deep and bring up the bass. We are going to do some damn silly imitations, and we may even watch some cartoons (of course we’re gonna to watch some cartoons). Sound like fun? ‘Gonna be fun.

To sign up or if you have any questions…. Click here! Or write to

Ripley Grier Studio

Puppetry for TV - Level 1 - Summer Session 2015

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

July 7 - August 25, 2015
7 – 10 PM

Class size: 10-12 students
Instructor: Paul McGinnis (Sesame Street/Crank Yankers)

This is a beginner level class. No previous puppetry experience is required.

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

Everyone who participates will be provided with “practice eyes” and a hand made, professional-style practice puppet that are theirs to keep! Check them out on our website!

**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!

Ripley Grier

Puppetry for TV - Level 2 - 2015

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

July 9 - August 27, 2015
7 - 10 PM
$400 with Puppet / $350 without**

Ready to take it to the next level?

You do not have to have taken one of our classes to take this one. If you have attended Beyond the Sock or any recent workshop/training session With Sesame Workshop you qualify for this class. Others, be prepared to submit a video to show what you can do.

SOME of the things we will be covering in Level 2 are:

-Character building
-Group scenes
-Live-Hands Puppets!
.. and a lot more!
We may even do some Improv-to-Script writing.

As always, you will want to be sure you have some time for practicing at home throughout the week once we get started. The learning comes from the class but the skill comes from the practicing!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
617.731.6400 ext.101

Puppet Showplace Theater

Shadow Theater Innovations at Puppet Showplace

Puppet Showplace Theater

July 20 - 24, 2015
Monday - Friday, July 20-24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
Register by July 7, $195. After July 7, $225 Members save 10% on registration!

This workshop is a hands-on exploration of the materials and methods used in contemporary shadow puppetry. Participants will experience how varied lighting sources and projection surfaces transform shadow theater’s visual vocabulary and storytelling possibilities. The class will experiment with fixed and hand held halogen lights, LED lights, overhead projectors, moving screens, layered screens, and life-size/full body shadow puppets. We will discover how to move from simple silhouettes to the more complex magic of movie-like image collages, giant shadows, shadows within shadows, cross-fades, white-light “inverse” shadows, and dynamic special effects. There will be an emphasis on affordable technologies and practical techniques that can be readily applied to participants’ future projects. The class fee includes admission to a Friday evening puppetry performance where many of these advanced shadow techniques will be on display.

This is an intermediate-level class. Some experience with puppetry, lighting, or visual design is recommended. Please e-mail with questions about class content.

Recommended for ages 16+.
Class Capacity: 12.

Art/New York South Oxford Space Lone Wolf Tribe Studio

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

July 26, 2015

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 Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside

71 Old Mill Street
Troy, NY

David Lane

New England Puppet Intensive

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

July 31 - August 16, 2015
Performance at MASS MoCA, TBA
Tuition: Register before May 1: $1750. Register after May 1: $1850. Includes workshop, materials, shared accommodation and on-campus meals.

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 The Contemporary Artist Center allow us to work indoors and outdoors, 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, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI, 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.

Ko Festival of Performance

Amherst College Campus - Webster Hall
Amherst, MA

Image-Object-Puppet: Creating a Poetic Theater

with John Farrell, Artistic Director of Figures of Speech Theatre

August 3 - 8, 2015
Workshops will meet from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday
see website for details

Participants will explore various forms of puppetry as they discover what it means to embody metaphor in performance. Participants will begin working with basic materials, then proceed to objects, and finally construct their own bunraku style puppets.

After learning the basic principles of animation, participants will work in small groups to devise increasingly ambitious and complex gestural “scripts” as they explore thematic arcs such as Life/Death/Resurrection. Throughout the workshop, John will interweave poetry with the puppetry, encouraging participants to play with the relationship between the literary and visual metaphors inherent in these two forms.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
6177316400 ext.101

Glove Puppet Boot Camp at Puppet Showplace

Puppet Showplace Theater

August 3 - 7, 2015
Mon-Fri, August 3-7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
Mon-Fri, August 3-7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions) Register by July 10, $195. After July 10, $225. Puppets at Night Members save 15% on registration!

Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world's oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to the gentle characters of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, 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. Using "nobody" practice puppets, the class will progress from learning basic movements and simple behaviors to performing complex multi-character scenes. Students will graduate with an extensive movement vocabulary, as well as all the skills needed to create an endless variety of characters and stories. We'll also cover technical challenges such as handling puppet props, making rapid puppet switches, and working behind a traditional booth stage.

This class is recommended for both beginners and experienced performers. We recommend it for anyone interested in creating solo puppet shows, or for those interested in refining their manipulation technique. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theater's unique archive of professional glove puppets.

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!

Recommended for ages 16+/ Class Capacity: 12

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
617.731.6400 ext.101

Puppet Showplace Theater

Furry Monsters 101 at Puppet Showplace

Puppet Showplace Theater

August 17 - 21, 2015
Mon-Fri, August 17-21, 6:30-8:30 pm (5 sessions)
Register by August 1: $195, After August 1: $225 Members save 15% on registration!

This class will focus on the proper manipulation of mouth and rod puppets, inspired by the "furry monster" characters featured on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Avenue Q. After learning the basics of puppet animation (breathing, lip-synch, focus, and body position), participants will cover character interpretation, rhythm and timing, storytelling, puppet-assisting, prop handling, comedy improv, television monitor technique, and puppet/actor interactions. This is an ideal class for actors, comedians, die-hard Muppet fans, or anyone interested in learning puppetry performance skills.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
617.731.6400 ext.101

Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppetry Building and Performance Camp at Puppet Showplace

Puppet Showplace Theater

August 17 - 28, 2015
Week 1: August 17 – August 21
Week 2: August 24 – August 28 Day: M-F
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $400 for one week or $750 for both weeks. NO REFUNDS after July 15th

Puppetry is exercise for your imagination! Join Puppet Showplace Theater's team of professional puppeteers for a week of creative building and performance activities. Kids will learn how to design, construct, and manipulate puppet characters, focusing on different styles of puppetry each week. Campers will work together to devise, rehearse, and present original performances. Along the way, kids will also learn theater and design skills such as voice acting, backstage etiquette, and the different applications of color and texture. In addition to puppetry activities, campers will enjoy fun recreational games and outings each day, including trips to the swimming pool and to Lars Andersen park.

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 Puppeteering and Puppet Building Classes in NY, LA, & San Francisco

Puppet School

See website for details
see website for details

Puppet School offers a variety of classes to expand your puppetry. We offer puppeteering classes and private lessons in TV Puppetry, Musical Theatre Puppetry in the Avenue Q-style, marionette, and more. For builders, we teach everything from simple designs to get you started, to advanced techniques that will have you building at a professional level. See our website for individual classes and availability.

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