Puppetry Classes
for Adults and Teens

2014 Classes at Puppet Showplace (Now enrolling!)

Furry Monsters 101
Puppet Building 101
Fundamentals of Silly Voices
United Personalities: Acting with Table Top Puppets
Glove Puppet Boot Camp


Furry Monsters 101

Furry Monsters 101Instructor: Jonathan Little, Little's Creatures
4 sessions, February 25 - March 18
Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm
Register by February 1: $150
After February 1: $175
Members save 10% on registration!

This class will focus on the proper manipulation of Muppet-style hand and rod puppets such as those featured on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Avenue Q. Professional puppeteers know how to make these characters appear as living, breathing beings with their own thoughts, desires, and motivations. After learning the basics (breathing, lip-synch, focus, and body position), your hand will start to have a mind of its own!

Participants will also cover essentials such as character interpretation, rhythm and timing, storytelling, puppet-assisting , working with props, creating a puppet film, improv and comedy, television monitor technique, and puppet/actor interactions. This is an ideal class for actors, comedians, die-hard Muppet fans, dancers, animators, or anyone interested in learning puppetry.

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Puppet Building 101

Puppet BuildingInstructor: Brad Shur, Artist in Residence
8 sessions, March 3 - April 28 (No class April 21)
Mondays, 6:30-9pm
Register by February 15: $225 + $20 materials fee
After February 15: $250 + $20 materials fee
Members save 10% on registration!

Puppets are moving sculptures carefully crafted to be brought to life. Engineering and design play crucial roles in shaping a puppet character's personality and movement abilities. In "Puppet Building 101" participants will each create an original sculpted rod puppet from scratch. To begin, class members will learn how to turn their ideas into drawn designs, ready to be produced. From there, participants will sculpt plasticine, apply paper mache, pattern and sew fabric, and apply other materials to turn their designs into fully functional, performance-ready works of art! Although the puppet made in class will be a rod puppet, the skills and techniques used are applicable to many types of puppet construction.

This is an intro-level class. Lessons are cumulative so consistent attendance is important. Participants will be expected to work on projects outside of class time.

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Fundamentals of Silly Voices

Silly VoicesInstructor: Brenda Huggins, Teaching Artist
4 sessions, March 25 - April 15
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Register by March 1: $125
After March 1: $150
Members save 10% on registration!

In this fun and rigorous class, participants will discover how their voice works and learn how to make it work for them. Through interactive vocal warm-ups and exercises, students will explore their own vocal ranges and learn techniques for breath support, projection, and maintaining vocal health. Group activities will explore vocal properties such as resonance, pitch, and timbre, allowing everyone to build a solid understanding of the fundamentals of vocal manipulation. From these core concepts, the class will make connections between voice, character, and storytelling using multiple styles of puppetry and object theatre.

This class is recommended for anyone interested in expanding their repertoire of consistent and expressive character voices, from professional performers to puppetry enthusiasts. Active physical and vocal participation in class is essential. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for creative success!

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United Personalities: Acting with Table Top Puppets

Puppet BuildingInstructor: Jacek Zuzanski, Dream Tale Puppets
4 sessions, April 29 - May 20
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Register by April 1: $150
After April 1: $175
Members save 10% on registration!

Table top puppetry is a unique performance style that enables a human performer to bring a puppet character to life in full view of the audience. This powerful art form requires both physical precision and an extensive vocabulary of expressive movements that trigger the imagination.

In this hands-on, exploratory workshop, participants will build their awareness of the actor/puppet relationship through a series of fun and challenging exercises with professional table top puppets. The class will explore the paradox of mutual control, whereby the puppet controls the puppeteer as much as the reverse. The class will practice core manipulation skills and explore performance techniques that unify actor and puppet, including breath, focus, footsteps, balance, and posture. The class will then apply these learned skills to devise their own unique solo and multi-character scenes.

This is an intermediate level workshop: some familiarity with puppetry, acting, or dance/movement is recommended. Although the class focuses on a very specific performance situation, the workshop is for anyone interested in broadening their puppetry performance skills in a supportive and detail-oriented environment.

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Glove Puppetry Boot Camp

Glove Puppet Boot CampInstructor: Brad Shur, Artist in Residence
5 consecutive sessions, August 11-15
Register by July 15: $195
After July 15: $220
Members save 10% on registration!

Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe, glove puppets can express an enormous range of character and emotion without ever blinking an eye.

In this fun and rigorous class, participants will learn the fundamentals of glove puppet manipulation from a professional puppeteer. Starting with basic exercises for manual dexterity and building towards complete multi-character scenes, students will acquire a “movement vocabulary” that lets their hands express almost any emotion or action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theatre’s unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage.

Whether you're a seasoned performer or just looking for a way to enliven story time, this boot camp will leave your hands ready for action!

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