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Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Puppet Building 101

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

March 3 - April 28, 2014
Mondays 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Register by February 15: $225 + $20 materials fee, After February 15: $250 + $20 materials fee

Puppets are moving sculptures carefully crafted to be brought to life. Engineering and design play crucial roles in shaping a puppet character's personality and movement abilities. In "Puppet Building 101" participants will each create an original sculpted rod puppet from scratch. To begin, class members will learn how to turn their ideas into drawn designs, ready to be produced. From there, participants will sculpt plasticine, apply paper mache, pattern and sew fabric, and apply other materials to turn their designs into fully functional, performance-ready works of art! Although the puppet made in class will be a rod puppet, the skills and techniques used are applicable to many types of puppet construction.

This is an intro-level class. Lessons are cumulative so consistent attendance is important. Participants will be expected to work on projects outside of class time.

Red Bean Studios

320 W. 37th St., Suite 702, btw. 8th & 9th Aves
New York, NY
Students explore the concept of 'effort' with class-made puppet

Hunter Canning

Contemporary Puppetry in Practice

Movement Theater Studio, NYC

April 26 - 27, 2014
10am - 5pm

A unique two-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.

In addition to Bunraku-style puppetry, participants will have an opportunity to construct a puppet head and experience how the act of sculpting a character informs its movement. Ideal for directors and performers interested in devised work and a collaborative approach to theater making this workshop is primarily for new puppeteers to gain a hands-on launch into the genre—and come away with the start of a puppet!

Lone Wolf Tribe

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

April 27, 2014
$65 (materials included)

From a picture or your imagination, tap into your creative potential and learn to sculpt your very own puppet!
Limitless character possibilities await you in our fun hands-on carving workshop at the Lone Wolf Tribe studio in Brooklyn.

Our workshops are an engaging and personal way to discover the universal art of puppetry and learn the specialized techniques of one of New York City’s most unique puppeteers. From the novice and uninitiated to the advanced performer, curiosity and a willingness to learn are the only criteria. Our workshops make a great gift for a friend or family member, as well as a memorable afternoon date for friends and couples.

Our next workshop will be Sunday, July 21 2-5:30pm.

Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

United Personalities: Acting with Table Top Puppets

Jacek Zuzanski, Dream Tale Puppets

April 29 - May 20, 2014
Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
Register by April 1: $150, After April 1: $175

Table top puppetry is a unique performance style that enables a human performer to bring a puppet character to life in full view of the audience. This powerful art form requires both physical precision and an extensive vocabulary of expressive movements that trigger the imagination.

In this hands-on, exploratory workshop, participants will build their awareness of the actor/puppet relationship through a series of fun and challenging exercises with professional table top puppets. The class will explore the paradox of mutual control, whereby the puppet controls the puppeteer as much as the reverse. The class will practice core manipulation skills and explore performance techniques that unify actor and puppet, including breath, focus, footsteps, balance, and posture. The class will then apply these learned skills to devise their own unique solo and multi-character scenes.

This is an intermediate level workshop: some familiarity with puppetry, acting, or dance/movement is recommended. Although the class focuses on a very specific performance situation, the workshop is for anyone interested in broadening their puppetry performance skills in a supportive and detail-oriented environment.

Puppets in Prague

Holandska 20
Prague, Czech Republic

Workshop, Czech Puppets for Film Animation

Puppets in Prague

May 1 - 13, 2014
9:00am-6:00pm daily
$750 for two week workshop

A thirteen-day workshop on the design, construction and animation of traditional Czech stop motion film puppets. Working under leading Czech experts, students students weld an armature, make latex puppet hands, animate pilot films in a professional puppet studio, carve their own wooden film animation puppets, shoot a film,and much more. Workshop Includes a trip to the International Anifilm Festival outside Prague.

For over fourteen years, hundreds of students from around the world have made puppets in our workshops. Workshops are taught by leading Czech puppet artists, all in Prague where the tradition of puppetry is very much alive.

Champion Dance Studio.

8 Week Puppetry for TV, FIlm, and Video Class

The Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

May 2 - June 19, 2014
There is no live performance with this course.

8 Thursdays, 7–10pm starting May 2, 2014
Class size: 10 students
Instructor: David Fino

*No previous puppetry experience is required. All students must sign up in advance.

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

Everyone who participates will be provided with "practice eyes" and a hand made, professional-style practice puppet that are theirs to keep!

**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!

To sign up, or if you have any questions, write to

About the Instructor:
David has been in immersed in puppetry since 1993 when he began training with master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis of the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA. David continued his studies by spending two years as apprentice to Nikki Tilroe of The Palm of the Hand Stories Company and attending performance workshops with The Jim Henson Company. Shortly after, he was cast in the title role in Bear in the Big Blue House, Live!, a national tour based on the hit Disney Chanel program by Mitchell Kriegman and the Jim Henson Company. After 18 months on the road David settled in Brooklyn, NY.
Since then he has performed on Comedy Central, MTV, CBS, National Public Television and, among others. Further credits include the Trilobite Pictures short film “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven” and “Seemore’s Playhouse” by King Features/S4K Entertainment.
David has built puppets for Avenue Q, Comedy Central, MTV, CBS,, Staler and Waldorf: From the Balcony, Disneyland and more.
Recently, David starred with Jon Gabrus, Peter Bradley, Rachel Bloom, Joseph R. Gannascoli and Jackie The Joke Man Martling in “The Fuzz”, a web series by 3 Arts Entertainment/Greencard Pictures/Vuguru that can now be seen Yahoo Screen.

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

1225 East Calaveras Street
Altadena, CA

Foam Puppet Covering & Finishing Workshop

Pat Brymer, Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

May 3, 2014
$50 LAGP Members, $60 Non-Members

The three-part workshop series on flat foam puppet construction concludes with the covering and finishing of foam puppets. Pat will demonstrate his methods for covering foam with fabric and allow the participants to try their hand at the basic techniques. This will include choosing fabrics best suited for the character, draping to create patterns when necessary and deciding which type of fabric assembly is best, by machine or hand sewing. Alternatives to fabric covering will also be discussed.
The final part of the workshop will be discussing and demonstrating the finishing details (mouth, eyes, hair, etc.) of the puppet. Pat will also discuss where to the materials and supplies to accomplish various finishing techniques. If you participated in the second workshop, please bring your completed foam head. If you do not have a head from the previous workshop, please bring an uncovered foam puppet head (or other body part) with which to practice the covering techniques. All materials are included in the workshop fee.

Please note that this is a one day, eight hour workshop. Light snacks and water will be available, but you will need to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the ½ hour break. Space is very limited, so please reserve NOW. The deadline for registration and fee submission is April 23rd.

Please send your RSVP with a check or money order to:

P.O. BOX 501014
LOS ANGELES, CA 90050-1014

You may also submit your RSVP and fee at by sending your payment to Be sure to add Covering Workshop on the "note" line

Questions? Please contact Pat at

University of North Texas: Department of Radio, TV and Film and Department of Dance and Theatre

1179 Union Circle
RTFP Building, RM 262
Denton, TX

Beyond The Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop

Hosted by the University of North Texas

May 27 - 31, 2014
On the final evening of the workshop attendees can participate in a live performance showcasing what they've learned and the puppet they build during the workshop. DVDs of the performance will be made available.
$1,350.00 (contact event staff for reduced rates for college and university students)

In cooperation with and the University of North Texas the Beyond The Sock Puppetry Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop returns to the DFW area. The Department of Radio, TV and Film and the Department of Dance and Theatre will co-host the 2014 Beyond the Sock workshop from May 27th to May 31st.

This unique event allows attendees to learn manipulation and performance of hand-and-rod puppets from tv and film puppetry professionals Noel MacNeal and Peter Linz. MacNeal’s and design and construction of their own puppets from master puppet builder Pahsa Romanowski.

Specific questions can be director to the workshop coordinating staff at:

Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts

3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Toronto, CANADA

Humber College Puppetry Intensive

Humber College

June 2 - 14, 2014
12 day training program
Early Bird (Deadline April 1) $1350; After April 1 $1550 (Deadline May 1)

The Humber College Puppetry Intensive is an exciting, vigorous, hands-on, 12 day training program in the art of puppet theatre.

Taught by some of the best professional puppet artists in North America, this unique program offers students the opportunity to work with four professional artists from three distinct companies: Foreign Landscapes Productions, CLUNK Puppet Lab, and Puppetmongers.


Are you passionate about the art of puppetry? Are you keen to develop and sharpen your intuitive sense of the dynamic relationship between body and object? Are you ready to grow in leaps and bounds in the creation practices of this expressive art form?

The Humber Puppetry Intensive is open to puppeteers, artists, composers, teachers, writers, performers, designers, dancers, technicians, or anyone interested in integrating puppetry into their creative practice.

Participants will be selected based on experience and interest. Enrolment is limited to ensure small classes, so please apply early.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

305 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT

National Puppetry Conference at The O'Neill

Euguene O'Neill Theater Center

June 11 - 22, 2014
Public Performances - June 20th & 21st
see website for details

The O'Neill Puppetry Conference was established by key founding members Jane Henson, George Latshaw, Richard Termine, Bobbie Nidzgorski, Bart P. Roccoberton Jr., and Jim and Margo Rose in 1990.

The mission of the conference is to encourage puppet artists to create and communicate through the visual and kinetic form of the puppet, push beyond their personal boundaries and develop new works for puppet theater, while reinforcing strong dramatic structure. Participants collaborate with renowned guest directors, puppet artists and playwrights to develop innovative productions conceived by guest artists, as well as presentations initiated by the conference participants.

For eight days each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through workshops and rehearsals, master classes, and individual critique sessions. The Conference culminates with two public performances, featuring works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.

Applications are due by March 7, 2014.

Sterling College

Art and Activism with Bread and Puppet

Bread and Puppet Theater

June 23 - July 20, 2014
$2720, students can earn 6 continuing education units

Create a show from start to finish with renowned theatre troupe Bread and Puppet.

This four-week course with the famed theatre troupe
Bread and Puppet is a joint effort on all fronts: puppet building, singing, band music with classical and homemade instruments, picture-story reciting, dancing and choreography, all to create giant scale public spectacles which address current political urgencies.

Join Peter Schumann and Bread and Puppet as they embark on their next fifty years of political activist theatre. All shows result from a collaborative ethic that includes all the necessary chores of production, upkeep and repair, and rehearsals. Bread and Puppet's learning-by-doing philosophy also means that the student will participate in something that you don't necessarily understand until it's accomplished. Emphasis will shift each week from building and rehearsing to performing.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN

With Joy! Intensive Training Workshop

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre

July 28 - August 15, 2014
The workshop will be held from July 28-August 15th. Applications are due June 31st.
$675 for 3 weeks - work study available

July 28 – August 15, 2014

Explore movement technique and content development within the laboratory of the low-tech/ high-imagination methods of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

Participants will focus on movement techniques and performance creation that rises from the whole ecology of a stimulating urban neighborhood, the news stories of the day, the personal stories of the participants, and the transformative realm offered by puppet and image theatre. We will also study the historical significance of the various techniques explored, and what it means to build performance of community relevance, of questions, of compassion, of joy.

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamstown, MA

New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop

August 2 - 18, 2014
Participants should arrive between 4 pm and 5 pm the afternoon of August 2. Departure will be after breakfast, the morning of August 18.
Register before April 1: $1750. Register after April 1: $1850. Includes workshop, materials, shared accommodation and on-campus meals.

15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance presented by members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with instruction focusing 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 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 in the area 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.

Sandglass Theater

Summer Puppet Arts Training Intensive

Sandglass Theater

August 10 - 23, 2014
see website for details

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 Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Glove Puppetry Boot Camp

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

August 11 - 15, 2014
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Register by July 15: $195, After July 15: $220

Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe, 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. Starting with basic exercises for manual dexterity and building towards complete multi-character scenes, students will acquire a “movement vocabulary” that lets their hands express almost any emotion or action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theatre’s unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage.

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!

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.