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Ripley Greir Studios

6 week Puppetry for TV, Film, and Video Class

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

October 14 - November 18, 2014
There is no live performance with this class

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

-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.

The price of this class includes a set of our HandEyes and one of our hand made, professional-style Practice Puppets.

**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

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

The Artful Cranky!

Lindsay McCaw, The Dolly Wagglers

November 2, 2014
$30 ($20 members) All materials are included

Get wrapped up in the magical world of hand-cranked scrolling pictures in this fun all-ages workshop. See three different cranky shows performed by internationally-touring crankie artist Lindsay McCaw, then create your own simple cranky using materials provided. Everyone will have the opportunity to perform for each other and share ideas. Crankies are a fun way to bring a story to life!
Recommended for all ages 7 and up.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

November 3 - 17, 2014
4 Monday Evenings
November 3, 10, 17, and 24
6:30-9:00pm, Puppet Showplace Theater

Shadow puppetry is a centuries-old art form that is constantly evolving to incorporate new materials and technologies. In "Introduction to Shadow Puppetry," students will learn the history of shadow performance and encounter examples of the exciting work being developed by contemporary shadow puppeteers.

Through building and performance exercises, the class will explore diverse styles of shadow puppets ranging from simple silhouettes to elaborate cut-out figures with moving parts. By the end of the class, students will have acquired all the tools they need to create their own shadow puppet show! Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA

Mastering Mechanisms

Hobey Ford

November 6, 2014
$30 ($20 members) All materials are included

Explore the intricate world of puppet mechanisms with a master puppeteer as your guide! This class will focus on the principles of understanding and designing rod puppet mechanisms of varying scale and complexity. Participants will learn how controls, linkage, returns, stops, joints, and actions work together as a system to make puppet characters move and come to life.

Through step-by-step demonstrations, the class will learn how mechanisms are built and how to troubleshoot problems that arise during construction. We will also learn about the best materials to use when making your own mechanisms. This is a great class for builders, sculptors, designers, or anyone interested in appreciating the engineering behind professional puppet design.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Ripley Grier Studio

Puppetry for Improv! Level 101 - Six Week Class

Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy

November 10 - December 15, 2014
There will be a graduation show on a date TBD.

The price of this class INCLUDES one of our handmade, professional-style PRACTICE PUPPETs and a set of our Handeyes that are yours to keep!

MONDAYS 7 – 10 PM Nov. 10 – Dec. 15 2014

To sign up or for more info write to:

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one Level 1 long-form improv class from such schools like The UCB Training Center, The PIT, Magnet Theater, or college equivalent.
Class Size:10-12 students
Instructor: David Fino

Students will learn the fundamentals of "Mouth and Rod" style puppetry. Core concepts covered will include eye focus, mouth synchronization, rod manipulation, vocal characterization, and overall puppet movement technique.

Students will incorporate these with the basic long-form improvisation skills they have previously learned.

Art/New York South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY

Puppet Sculpting Workshop

Lone Wolf Tribe

November 23, 2014

From a picture or your imagination, tap into your creative potential and learn to sculpt your very own puppet!
Limitless character possibilities await you in our fun hands-on carving workshop at the Lone Wolf Tribe studio in Brooklyn.

Our workshops are an engaging and personal way to discover the universal art of puppetry and learn the specialized techniques of one of New York City’s most unique puppeteers. From the novice and uninitiated to the advanced performer, curiosity and a willingness to learn are the only criteria. Our workshops make a great gift for a friend or family member, as well as a memorable afternoon date for friends and couples.

Our next workshop will be Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2-5:30pm.

Registration fee is $65 (all materials included).
Space is limited. Sign up now!

Reserve with PayPal here:

Bringing a friend? Get a discount here:

Have questions? Email: or call 718-398-3701

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.