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Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brooklin, MA

Character Construction: Table Top Trolls!

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

January 13 - February 10, 2015
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
Register before Jan 1: $150 After Jan 1: $175 + $25 materials fee due in cash to the instructor on the first day

Want to make your own puppets but don't know how to begin? This five week course introduces fundamental design and construction techniques that can be applied to making any kind of puppet character you can imagine. You will also bring home your own unique table top troll!

We'll start by constructing your puppet's face, transforming flat materials into a three-dimensional sculpture. Next, we'll strengthen and unify your creation using paper mache. Then, we'll learn to create a pattern for the body using fabric, foam and polyfill. You'll complete your troll by adding paint, hair, eyes, and details to bring your character to life.

Recommended for ages 16 & up

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.

The Puppet Kitchen

Monitor Night at The Puppet Kitchen

Monitor Nights at The Puppet Kitchen

The Puppet Kitchen

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

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

The Puppet Kitchen's monthly Monitor Nights are coming up!

Please RSVP to attend:

Video Puppetry Fundamentals is 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

Our Advanced Jam Session is a 2-hour block 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. Suggested Donation: $10

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you attend our Fundamentals class before signing up for our Advanced Jam Session.

For questions or to RSVP:

Ripley Greir Studios

Former puppet improv students 'Team Lopez' in action.

Introduction to Puppetry for Improv Performers

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

February 7, 2015

Saturday Feb. 7.
1-4 pm
Instructor: David Fino

*all attendees must sign up in advance*

This workshop covers the basics of mouth & rod style puppetry - Eye focus, Mouth Synchronization, Rod Manipulation, Basic Stance and Walks etc. - and how to incorporate these skills with the mechanics of long-form improv for the stage. (this is not a camera/monitor class)

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 workshop. (Yes, college courses count!)

Class size: 10 -12 students

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

To sign up send an email to

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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:

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.