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Ripley Greir Studios

Duncan Skiles

8 week Puppetry for TV, FIlm, and Video Class

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

October 7 - December 2, 2014
There is no live performance scheduled with this class

8 week Puppetry for TV, FIlm, and Video Class

Dates: Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec 4
Time: 7 - 10 PM
Class size: 10 students
Instructor: Paul McGinnis

-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: Paul has been a puppeteer for Sesame Street since 2001. Other television and film credits include Crank Yankers, Warren the Ape, Crash & Bernstein, Felt, It’s a Big Big World, Dog With a Blog, The Book of Pooh, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, and The Muppets. He has puppeteered for the viral video hits Funny Or Die’s “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” starring Jon Hamm and “the [title of show] show”. And his work can be seen in commercials for LivingSocial, Sony Bravia, and Go Daddy.

Movement Theater Studio

Hunter Canning

Contemporary Puppetry in Practice

Movement Theater Studio, NYC

October 17 - 19, 2014
10/17 6:30 - 10pm
10/18 & 10/19 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.
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!
As part of the workshop, students will:
- Study the concepts fixed point, effort, weight and intention
- Explore the basic techniques of 3-person manipulation inspired by the division of labor in traditional Japanese puppet theater: head operator, left hand operator and leg operator
- Create a full, raw style puppet from paper and, through various études, explore its character
- Build a puppet head from basic materials and have the opportunity to manipulate that head using a puppet body provided for the workshop

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.