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BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn, NY
Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

Photo: Alex Boerner

Puppetry Masterclass: Building Rodette-Style Puppets *


February 3, 2018
Workshop is Sat, Feb 3 at 7pm

Part of BAMkids Film Festival
* In association with The Jim Henson Foundation

North Carolina-based puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins teaches participants the mechanics of his signature-style hybrid puppets, which combine elements of marionette and hand puppetry. His innovative process leaves participants with new techniques for creating and manipulating puppets that are dynamic in both movement and expression.

For intermediate to advanced puppet-makers

AchesonWalsh Studios

505 Johnson Avenue
Studio 16
Brooklyn, NY
Work in Process

Matt Acheson


AchesonWalsh Studios

November 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Tuesdays-Thursdays from 7pm-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm.

AchesonWalsh Studios are offering puppetry workshops for those wishing to further develop their fabrication skills. Join us at our custom fabrication workshop in Brooklyn and gain hands-on experience exploring puppet techniques in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. We will share tips and tricks from our years designing and building puppets for some of the largest entertainment companies in the world. These workshops are ideal Christmas presents for the craftsperson you love (including yourself!).

Email with the name of the class in which you are interested and we will contact you with the dates and times available.

The Yard, Martha's Vineyard

1 The Yard
Chilmark, MA

Kiqe Bosch

Making Puppet Theater from Memoir and Personal Testimony

Sandglass Theater

January 19 - 20, 2018
Friday, January 19th, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 20th, 1-3:30pm

This workshop takes participants through the process of gathering community stories through a story circle exercise, developed by John O’Neal in the Free Southern Theater during the civil rights movement. The stories we tell will become the material for exploring the potential of puppets to embody these stories and the choices we have to give the stories voice. The focus of the workshop addresses how we can tell the story of someone else without “playing” that role, and without appropriating that culture. The process looks at song, movement, at the actor/puppet relationship, and at simultaneous scenes, among other techniques, to explore what makes the puppet a special medium for evoking testimony. Participants will work with Sandglass’ exercise puppets from day one, and with any objects or raw materials that seem appropriate on day two. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. There are no materials fees for this workshop and no pre-requisite skills necessary.

Attendance is required for both sessions and encouraged at the evening performance, where developed material will be presented informally as part of the larger show.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
Sarah Nolen workshopping

Alex Griffin

Introduction to Puppetry Arts

Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

January 23 - February 13, 2018
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 23, 30, February 6, 13
$125, Puppets at Night members save 15%

Why are there so many different puppetry styles? In this NEW introductory class, participants will explore the wide world of puppetry traditions through the lens of dramatic storytelling. We’ll discover why professional puppeteers make certain creative choices, and how different puppet designs and production concepts have wildly different impacts on audiences. After surveying the work of contemporary puppet masters from Jim Henson to Julie Taymor, we’ll investigate how to create our own puppet interpretations of familiar stories. We’ll also learn fun strategies for generating ideas through improvisation, mock-up building, and other active forms of “research.” Everyone will leave with a solid understanding of different puppetry styles and everything you need to start envisioning your own puppet production concepts.

This is an introductory-level class: participants of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Graduates have gone on to take advanced classes, create their own works, or simply have a greater appreciation for this timeless art form.

Recommended for ages 16+.

AchesonWalsh Studios

505 Johnson Avenue, Studio 16
Brooklyn, NY
King and I Mask

Puppet Head Design, Sculpt, Mold and Cast

AchesonWalsh Studios

January 23 - 27, 2018
Tues 23rd: 7-10pm
Wed 24th: 7-10pm
Thurs 25th: 7-10pm
Sat 27th: 10am-1pm, 2-5pm
$495 + materials cost of $100.

This workshop will give participants an understanding of the process of taking a two-dimensional design and turning it into three dimensions. Each participant will produce a hand drawn rendering of a puppet character head, dimensionally shaded, with front and side profile views. They will then turn this rendering into a three-dimensional clay sculpture of their character. Participants will then make a two part silicone mold, a mother mold, which will capture all of the details of their clay sculpt. Finally participants will learn to cast the head in a durable plastic. At the end of the workshop participants will leave with their rendering, the reusable mold, knowledge of casting in a two-part plastic resin and the head that they have cast.
Duration: 5 sessions x 3 hours
Prerequisites: None.
Age: 16+


2 Jersey Avenue
Toronto, ON CANADA, --

Puppet eXploratory Laboratory (PXL)


January 28, 2018

A mentorship program for individual artists and/or small groups to work on projects in puppetry or that integrate puppetry into multi-media arts projects.

Do you have an idea for a project that involves puppetry?
Or would you like to participate in such a project?

PXL brings together people with project ideas (Project Initiators) and people who’d like to work on a project (Project Participants) on the development of short puppet productions. Over four months,* the Project Initiators and Participants meet to build and rehearse the pieces with Puppetmongers’ mentorship. The final performances or presentations will take place in late Spring (date TBA) following the completion of the program.

Deadline for applications: January 28th, 2018
Applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks following the deadline

Puppets in Prague, Czech Republic

Holandska 20
Prague, --

Puppets in Prague Summer Workshops

Puppets in Prague

May 31 - August 31, 2018
on website

Puppets in Prague has two marionette workshops in 2018.

At our month-long AUGUST workshop, we offer you the unique opportunity to make a professional-quality wooden marionette and then PERFORM with it 6x at one of Prague's most popular open air theatre festivals.

We also have a shorter 2-week workshop in JUNE where you make a wooden marionette and participate in manipulation lessons.

All workshops are taught by a team of leading Czech carvers, designers, and puppeteers. We have taught hundreds of students from around the world for 19 years. In 2016, UNESCO put Czech puppetry on their list of intangible cultural heritage - this summer, come to Prague and learn about the rich puppet tradition that is still very much alive!

Applications and information at

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

1320 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

David Lane

Wood Carving & Puppet Design

David Lane / New England Puppet Arts

June 13 - 19, 2018
9 am – 9 pm daily
$1150 plus $100 materials fee

This unique residency workshop will focus on wood as a primary construction material for building performing objects. We’ll work with traditional carving techniques as well as rotary power tools to create masks and bodies, and then get deep into the mechanics of joints and controls. We’ll look at various ways that wooden sculpture may be employed to create realistic notions, and explore more abstract ideas, delighting in the unexpected discoveries that come with a sense of playfulness in the creation process.

When we’re not engaged in studio time, we will have unlimited access to wander the halls of MASS MoCA and find inspiration in the work of Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer, Franz West, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and many other world class artists.

Tuition includes studio space, accommodations, and some meals.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Registration closes Dec. 15.

Buxton School

291 South St.
Williamstown, MA

2018 New England Puppet Intensive

Old Trout Puppet Workshop/New England Puppet Arts

July 24 - August 10, 2018
Arrive between 4 and 5 pm on the first day. We'll settle settle in and enjoy a picnic dinner. Orientation and the first session will begin at 7 pm. Departure is 10:30 am on the final day.
Tuition: $1750 plus $200 materials fee. Includes, home cooked meals and shared accommodations.

Join us for 15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry 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).

Sessions start at 9 am 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. 

In addition, participants will take part in a collective creation project which will be presented as part of the Berkshire Lantern Walk in partnership with the world renown Clark Art Institute.

The New England Puppet Intensive is open to puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, designers, teachers, visual artists, writers, and anyone with a willing spirit.

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.