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Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Rod and String Puppets after the Czech System

Michael Sommers

March 3 - April 7, 2015
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

In this workshop particpants will design and construct a Rod and String Puppet based on the Czech control system. The workshop will cover basic joinery, sculpting and simple woodworking techniques.

Ripley Grier Studios

Live-Hands and Assisting in TV Puppetry

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

April 11, 2015 - April 11, 2011
1pm - 4pm

In this workshop both Paul and David will show you the ins and outs of working both live-hands and rod-arm puppets with 2 people... and we're gonna play with a bunch of props too!

*Some previous monitor experience is required. If you have taken any of our 8 week classes, attended Beyond the Sock, or equivalent training programs you are eligible for this workshop. Haven't been to any of those? Just send us a note if you would like to apply.

Emma Wade and Nathaniel Williams of Free Columbia Troupe

138 west 15th street
New York, NY
Images from Last Year's Toure

Fumie Ishi

Puppetry Workshop

Free Columbia Troupe

April 11 - 12, 2015
In house for workshop participants
Sliding Scale $40-250

Join the artists Emma Wade and Nathaniel Williams to Enact excerpts from the great Iroquois story of
the Peacemaker’s Journey. Over two days the story will be introduced, participants will be acquainted
with the puppets, projection techniques, Gesture work and story telling while the collaboration will
culminate in an abbreviated enactment. Puppets, material and projections from the recent Free Columbia tour will be used.

Who: For ages 12 and up, no previous experience required, spaces limited.
When: 4/11-12 - from 3-6:30 on Saturday and 10-6:30 on sunday

Register: Event will only take place if a suitable group registers by April 4th

contact nathaniel Williams: 518-672-4090

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Introduction to Marionette Construction

Kurt Hunter

April 21 - May 26, 2015
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

Each participant will design and construct a basic, nine string marionette. The primary materials will be wood and paper mache. The workshop will cover various types of jointing, weight distribution, control design and stringing. Costuming will be discussed, but construction of costumes will not be a part of the workshop. Basic manipulation will also be covered. Experience with wood working power tools is helpful, but not required. No previous experience assumed or necessary.

Ripley Greir Studios

8 Week Level 1 Puppetry for TV Class

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

April 23 - June 11, 2015
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Dates: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June. 4, 11.
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Class size: 10-12 students

-This is a beginner level class. 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! (a $100 value) Check them out at

**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!

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT

Toy Theater Workshop

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

April 25, 2015
Workshop cost: $15/person

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry presents a one-day toy theater workshop for all ages led by Toy Theater Professor Dr. John Bell on April 25 from 1-5 p.m. Create the grandest of tales with the simplest of means!

Toy theater is the 200-year-old invention of flat, cut-out, table-top puppet shows that kids, adults, and families can create and perform by themselves. Recently re-discovered by artists, performers, and puppeteers as a brilliant means of creating do-it-yourself or professional puppet shows, toy theater has experienced a glorious 21st-century revival.

Join us at the Ballard Institute for this public workshop in toy theater creation, building, and performance. Learn about the history and construction of toy theater stages and puppets, and then create your own personal story - in a box!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Build Your Own Monster Puppet

Jonathan Little, Little's Creatures

April 28 - May 19, 2015
4 Tuesday Evenings:
April 28, May 5, 12, and 19
Register before Apr 1: $175 After Apr 1: $200 + $25 materials fee due in cash to the instructor on the first day

Have you always wanted to make your own customized puppet? What about your own pet monster? Now you're in luck! This class will give you all the skills you need to start building your very own puppets (monster or otherwise).

Class participants will be guided step-by-step through the process of making a moving-mouth puppet with rod-controlled arms, a style frequently used in television puppetry. You will be taught how to properly cut fake fur, how to hide and minimize the appearance of seams, how to create posable hands, and much, much more! In addition to learning how to build the puppet, participants will be introduced to the materials used in professional puppet design, and the common tools every puppet maker needs.

This is an Introductory-level class: prior building experience is not necessary. All participants will be trained and expected to sew, use hot glue, and use basic hand tools.

Spaceworks, Queens

33-02 Skillman Ave
Long Island City, NY

Hunter Canning


Movement Theater Studio, NYC

May 1 - 3, 2015
May 1st, 6:30pm-10pm
May 2nd and 3rd 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.

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street, Studio A
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

May 3, 2015

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!

Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building University of North Texas

1179 Union Circle
Denton, TX

Beyond The Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop 2015

Beyond The Sock International

May 19 - 23, 2015
Workshop Session Times:
May 19th: 12:30pm - 5:30pm
May 20th: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 21st: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 22nd: 8:30am - 5:30pm
May 23rd: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Attendee Showcase:
May 23rd: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
$1350.00 General Registration

Beyond the Sock is a workshop co-hosted by the University of North Texas Department of Radio, TV and Film and Department of Dance and Theatre. This four and a half day intensive workshop will allow attendees to learn techniques for performing with "hand and rod" style puppets similar to those found in some of entertainment’s most endearing television series and films. Over the course of the workshop attendees will learn the vocal and physical techniques vital to creating compelling performances from two of the top names in the field.

Attendees will also learn character development, design and construction methods by participating in hands-on puppet crafting sessions where they can conceptualize and build their own basic puppet for use during the workshop. There will also be practical application of the skills learned through a culminating studio performance on the final day of the workshop. DVDs of this performance will be available to attendees for a nominal fee.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Photo: Richard Termine

2015 National Puppetry Conference - Accepting Applications

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

June 3 - 14, 2015
Pre-Conference Intensives June 3-5

Main Conference June 6-14

Deadline to Apply: March 6, 2015
see website for details

Each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through rehearsals and workshops on puppet theater performance & creation, writing, music, "puppet anarchy," marionettes, and more. The Conference culminates with two public performances, featuring new works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.

2015 Guest artists include:

Hugo & Ines
Ronnie Burkett
Jim Kroupa
Phillip Huber
Jim Rose
Tim Lagasse
Martin P. Robinon
Melissa Dunphy
Martin Kettling
Alice Therese Gottschalk
Richard Termine
Roger Danforth
Derron Wood

The Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside

71 Old Mill Street
Troy, NY

David Lane

New England Puppet Intensive

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

July 31 - August 16, 2015
Performance at MASS MoCA, TBA
Tuition: Register before May 1: $1750. Register after May 1: $1850. Includes workshop, materials, shared accommodation and on-campus meals.

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 The Contemporary Artist Center allow us to work indoors and outdoors, 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, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI, 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.

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.