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NoHo Senior Arts Colony

10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA

The Art and Craft of Shadow Theater

maRia Bodmann: Bali & Beyond

January 17 - March 21, 2015

Classes are FREE and open to everyone (ages 6 and up) and families are encouraged to attend as a team. We'll have ten classes and a culmination. If you can attend all classes, that's great, but please feel free to attend when you can.

There's something for everyone: art, design, carving, writing, script writing, manipulating shadow puppets, acting, dialogue, and more.

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Studio
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

March 1, 2015
2:00pm - 5:30pm

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!
Pay by credit card:

The Puppet Kitchen

220 East 4th Street (between Ave A & B)
New York, NY

Monitor Nights at The Puppet Kitchen

The Puppet Kitchen

March 2 - 3, 2015
Video Puppetry Fundamentals
Monday March 2

Advanced Jam Session
Tuesday March 3
Video Puppetry Fundamentals: $40 Advanced Jam Session: Suggested Donation $10

Come on down to The Puppet Kitchen for our Monthly Monitor Nights!

Every 1st Monday of the month we offer Video Puppetry Fundamentals: a 2-hour class open to those 15 years old & up interested in learning the basics of tv puppetry performance. We will cover eye-focus, lip synch and movement. Cost: $40

Every 1st Tuesday of the month we offer our Advanced Jam Session, a 2-3 hour block open to those with previous video puppetry experience. It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that you attend our Video Puppetry Fundamentals session before signing up for the Advanced Jam Session.

The Advanced Jam Session is available to those looking for a chance to practice their skills and perform in a group setting. Come when you can, leave when you need to! Suggested Donation: $10

To RSVP for either session please email:

For up to date information, join our Facebook group!

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Rod and String Puppets after the Czech System

Michael Sommers

March 3 - April 7, 2015
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

In this workshop particpants will design and construct a Rod and String Puppet based on the Czech control system. The workshop will cover basic joinery, sculpting and simple woodworking techniques.

Ripley Grier Studio

Puppetry for TV, Film and Video Workshop SECOND SESSION ADDED

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

March 12, 2015
There is no outside performance with this workshop. Students will receive a video of highlights from the evening.

Thursday, March 12 7pm - 10pm

This workshop covers the basics of mouth & rod style puppetry - Eye focus, Mouth Synchronization, Rod Manipulation, Basic Stance and Walks etc. - and how to perform them using a camera and monitor.

Class size: 10

Puppets will be provided so you don't need to bring anything but your smiling' self!

No previous puppetry experience is required.

To sign up write to, and be sure to visit our website to see what else we have going on...

Ripley Grier Studio

Course graduates Team Lopez!

Puppetry 101 for Improvisors

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

March 19 - May 7, 2015
There will be a graduation show on a date TBD.

Students will learn the fundamentals of Mouth-and-Rod style puppetry. Core concepts covered will include eye focus, mouth synchronization, creating characters, rod manipulation, vocal characterization, overall puppet movement technique .....and how to incorporate these with the basic long-form improvisation skills they have previously learned.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one Level 1 long-form improv class from The UCB Training Center, Magnet Theater, The PIT or equivalent is required to take this course. (Yes, college courses count!)

Cost $375.00
***includes one of our practice puppets and set of Handeyes that are yours to keep! Check them out here -->>

Class Size: Max. 10 students.
Class dates: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7.

To sign up write to

Emma Wade and Nathaniel Williams of Free Columbia Troupe

138 west 15th street
New York, NY
Images from Last Year's Toure

Fumie Ishi

Puppetry Workshop

Free Columbia Troupe

April 11 - 12, 2015
In house for workshop participants
Sliding Scale $40-250

Join the artists Emma Wade and Nathaniel Williams to Enact excerpts from the great Iroquois story of
the Peacemaker’s Journey. Over two days the story will be introduced, participants will be acquainted
with the puppets, projection techniques, Gesture work and story telling while the collaboration will
culminate in an abbreviated enactment. Puppets, material and projections from the recent Free Columbia tour will be used.

Who: For ages 12 and up, no previous experience required, spaces limited.
When: 4/11-12 - from 3-6:30 on Saturday and 10-6:30 on sunday

Register: Event will only take place if a suitable group registers by April 4th

contact nathaniel Williams: 518-672-4090

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Introduction to Marionette Construction

Kurt Hunter

April 21 - May 26, 2015
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

Each participant will design and construct a basic, nine string marionette. The primary materials will be wood and paper mache. The workshop will cover various types of jointing, weight distribution, control design and stringing. Costuming will be discussed, but construction of costumes will not be a part of the workshop. Basic manipulation will also be covered. Experience with wood working power tools is helpful, but not required. No previous experience assumed or necessary.

Spaceworks, Queens

33-02 Skillman Ave
Long Island City, NY

Hunter Canning


Movement Theater Studio, NYC

May 1 - 3, 2015
May 1st, 6:30pm-10pm
May 2nd and 3rd 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.

Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building University of North Texas

1179 Union Circle
Denton, TX

Beyond The Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop 2015

Beyond The Sock International

May 19 - 23, 2015
Workshop Session Times:
May 19th: 12:30pm - 5:30pm
May 20th: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 21st: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 22nd: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 23rd: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Attendee Showcase:
May 23rd: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
$1350.00 General Registration

Beyond the Sock is a workshop co-hosted by the University of North Texas Department of Radio, TV and Film and Department of Dance and Theatre. This four and a half day intensive workshop will allow attendees to learn techniques for performing with "hand and rod" style puppets similar to those found in some of entertainment’s most endearing television series and films. Over the course of the workshop attendees will learn the vocal and physical techniques vital to creating compelling performances from two of the top names in the field.

Attendees will also learn character development, design and construction methods by participating in hands-on puppet crafting sessions where they can conceptualize and build their own basic puppet for use during the workshop. There will also be practical application of the skills learned through a culminating studio performance on the final day of the workshop. DVDs of this performance will be available to attendees for a nominal fee.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Photo: Richard Termine

2015 National Puppetry Conference - Accepting Applications

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

June 3 - 14, 2015
Pre-Conference Intensives June 3-5

Main Conference June 6-14

Deadline to Apply: March 6, 2015
see website for details

Each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through rehearsals and workshops on puppet theater performance & creation, writing, music, "puppet anarchy," marionettes, and more. The Conference culminates with two public performances, featuring new works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.

2015 Guest artists include:

Hugo & Ines
Ronnie Burkett
Jim Kroupa
Phillip Huber
Jim Rose
Tim Lagasse
Martin P. Robinon
Melissa Dunphy
Martin Kettling
Alice Therese Gottschalk
Richard Termine
Roger Danforth
Derron Wood

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.