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Art/New York South Oxford Space, Lone Wolf Tribe Studio

138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

July 31, 2016
2:00pm - 5:30pm

Tap into your creative potential by learning to sculpt your very own puppet! Limitless possibilities await you in this fun, hands-on carving workshop.

Working from a sketch or photograph, you'll transform a 2D visual into a fantastic three-dimensional character using LWT's “subtractive-sculpting” techniques, led by artistic director, Kevin Augustine.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
617-731-6400 x101
Puppetry in the Classroom with Honey Goodenough

Puppetry in the Classroom

Puppet Showplace Theater

July 31, 2016
2:00 - 5:30 pm
$75 ($60 for puppets at night members)

Puppetry is a powerful tool for engaging the imagination! This hands-on workshop will give educators a chance to learn how to introduce professional puppetry techniques into preschool and elementary school classrooms. Using readily available craft materials, participants will create puppet characters in different styles that can be adapted to a variety of skill levels and age groups. We’ll learn how to introduce students to shadow puppetry techniques, rod puppet mechanisms, and Muppet-style mouth puppet manipulation. Participants will explore ways that puppetry can be used to enhance story time, encourage dramatic play, and creatively manage behavioral challenges. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Recommended for teachers, art instructors, teaching artists, and caregivers who work with children in preschool through third grade.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
617-731-6400 x101
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.

The Puppet Kitchen

220 E 4th Street
New York, NY

Monitor Nights at The Puppet Kitchen

The Puppet Kitchen

August 2, 2016
The first Tuesday of every month.
The price for the whole evening is $15. Puppets are provided but please feel free to bring your own.

Monitor Nights at the Puppet Kitchen are a great way to brush up on your video puppetry skills. On the first Tuesday of every month Chef Michael opens up the Puppet Kitchen's East Village studio to puppeteers of all skill levels and offers instruction and a safe place to learn this style of puppetry.

Our Beginner Session (6pm-7pm) is open to those 15 years old & up interested in learning the basics of video puppetry performance. We will cover eye-focus, lip synch, and movement.

Our Advanced Jam Session (7pm-8:30pm) is open to those with some video puppetry experience. The session is available to those looking for a chance to practice their skills and perform in a group setting.

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamtown, MA

David Lane

New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop

August 5 - 21, 2016
Register by May 1st for early bird registration: $1750 USD. After May 1st: $1850 USD.

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 Buxton School in Williamstown 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 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.

Questions? Please write, call 413-652-7249 or visit

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street, Studio B
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Technique Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

August 7, 2016
11:00am - 4:00pm

Discover Lone Wolf Tribe’s unique approach to bringing the inanimate to life in this hands-on workshop designed for the beginning puppeteer as well as the seasoned multi-disciplinary theater maker.

Drawing on the traditional principals of Bunraku-style puppetry (three-person teams) along with solo work explorations, we'll synthesize mask focus, breath awareness and the emotional dynamics of the physical body to create puppet life that is both believable and dynamically rich.

Led by LWT's Kevin Augustine, come experience puppetry's limitless artistic expression while learning the tools that can leave an audience breathless.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT

Summer Puppet Arts Training Intensive

Sandglass Theater

August 14 - 27, 2016

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 Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
617-731-6400 x101
Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble with Avital Manor-Peleg

Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble

Puppet Showplace Theater

August 20 - 21, 2016
9pm to 5am (Overnight)
$75 ($60 members). $250 for 4 sessions ($200 members). Financial Aid & sliding scale rates are available. Please inquire when applying.

Join master artist Avital Manor-Peleg for an extraordinary journey through the seasons using the art of the mask as our guide. In a positive, collaborative, and nurturing setting, we will learn techniques and aesthetics of non-verbal acting through Avital’s original Alternative Mask Performance (AMP) method. The four seasons will serve as a context for exploring the complexities and fragmentation of female identity across both time and space. Each session will embrace a unique style of mask performance, culminating in the creation of original scenes and etudes to be shared with invited audiences. Throughout, we will examine the mask as a visual vessel of inherent conflicts, a paradox between the human body and the artificial face object.
TO APPLY, please send a brief (up to 1-page) letter of introduction and statement of interest to at least 3 weeks before the scheduled start of class.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
617-731-6400 x101
Sock Puppet Pro! with Jonathan Little and Little's Creatures

Sock Puppet Pro!

Puppet Showplace Theater

August 27 - 28, 2016
3:00 – 6:00 pm
$75 + $15 materials fee (due in class to the instructor). $60 +$15 (Puppets at Night Members)

Are you ready to make the most awesome sock puppets ever? Then join us for this brand new weekend intensive with Jonathan Little of Little’s Creatures. We’ll learn how to transform simple socks into stunningly awesome characters and bring them to life on stage and screen. Students will learn the fundamentals of mouth puppet construction including how to cut, sew, and glue fabric, how to construct a working mouth, and how to attach eyes, arms, and rods for manipulation. Everyone will go home with their own original puppet!

No previous experience is necessary. This is a great class for teachers, craft artisans, solo performers, or anyone interested in pro-quality puppet construction.

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

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