Puppetry for Social Change with Ronald Binion
Puppetry for Social Change
Puppet Showplace Theater
August 2 - 6, 2016
Tuesday Aug 2, Wed Aug 3, Thurs Aug 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Saturday August 6, 2:30 -7:30 pm
$230. Register by July 16: $205. Puppets at Night Members save 15%
Can puppetry change the world? Of course it can! Discover your potential to reach hearts and minds through meaningful, socially impactful puppet theater in this unique hands-on performance intensive. Using table-top puppetry as our primary medium for exploration, students will learn how to generate ideas and translate them into the visual and symbolic language of puppet theater. Drawing on instructor Ronald Binion’s decades of experience leading similar workshops in the developing world, this class will focus on scenes that use puppetry to communicate political, social, or public health messages. Working collaboratively, we’ll cover the essential skills of puppet manipulation, teamwork, scene building, and critique. The workshop will culminate in a final presentation for invited guests. This is a great class for teachers, activists, and anyone wanting to create theater that engages with social issues. All of these skills can be applied to other styles of puppetry or ensemble-devised theater.
This is an intermediate-level class: some previous performing arts experience is recommended. All puppets and materials will be provided by the instructor.