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Puppets in Prague

Holandska 20, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague, --
Mauro Rodrigues (Brazil) performing in Prague Festival

Leah Gaffen

Puppets in Prague 2016 Summer Workshops

Puppets in Prague

May 31 - July 31, 2016

Come to Prague this summer and work with Czech puppet masters to learn the skills of carving and performing with traditional wooden marionettes. Perform in international festivals, meet like-minded artists, and see performances of the best Czech puppet theatre.


Workshops are led by Mirek Trejtnar, who has been teaching hundreds of students from around the world for over 15 years. Other professional designers and puppeteers join the teaching team. More info and application at or email

Casa dei Fiori

Pageant Puppetry Workshop in the Italian Alps

Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles

June 24 - July 3, 2016
Based on the kind of accommodation the price ranges from around 2,290 - to 3,290 Euros per participant.

Join us for week-long workshop in pageant puppetry, culminating in a Midsummer Procession of giant puppets and other visual elements. Collaborate with international participants and local residents to build on a event that evokes the seasonal rites of the Solstice and the Festa of San Giovanni Battista, in a remote village high in the Italian Alps.

Master Puppet Designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide you through the production of the Pageant. Drawing on the oral histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales, and ecology of this under-explored corner of Occitan Italy, you will collaborate with local villagers to create an evening Procession of Lights and a Midsummer Pageant the following day. You will learn, through hands-on experience, how to construct giant puppets, banners, lanterns and ceremonial architecture.

Daily workshop sessions are complimented by trips to nearby Medieval churchesn and cheese kitchens, Occitan step-dancing lessons, and other unpredictable wonders. The workshop will be hosted by Christa and Fritz Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, an authentically restored complex of traditional stone houses. Christa, a world-class gourmet chef, will introduce participants to the tastes of early Italian summer, through elaborate communal meals with ingredients fresh from the garden.

Ripley Grier Studios

520 8th Ave, 16th Floor
New York, NY

Bec Sloane

Intro to TV Puppetry!

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

June 29, 2016
7 - 10 PM

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: 10-12 students

Students will receive a set of our practice eyes that is theirs to keep and video of highlights from the evening.

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

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

The Puppet Kitchen

220 E 4th Street
New York, NY

Monitor Nights at The Puppet Kitchen

The Puppet Kitchen

July 5, 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

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.

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.