We are now accepting applications for Ningyo & Ningyōzuka: A Master Class in Japanese Puppetry, taking place on April 3. Visiting puppet artists Tom Lee (War Horse, Madama Butterfly) and Koryu Nishikawa V (Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, Cart Puppetry Company of Japan) will present a special workshop exploring Japanese traditional puppetry techniques that have had an enormous influence on world puppetry performance.

Mr. Nishikawa, a fifth generation Japanese Master Puppeteer, will illustrate and explain his unique tradition called kuruma ningyo or cart puppetry. In addition, he will demonstrate and explain the principles behind traditional sannin zukkai (three person puppetry), the foundation of the Bunraku tradition.

Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to handle traditional Japanese puppets and draw back the curtain on how these beautiful puppets are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn these techniques from the masters.

Japanese musician Chieko Hara will also demonstrate the unique role of traditional instruments in Japanese puppetry and how her music “speaks” to American composer Bill Ruyle in the production of Shank’s Mare. This rare and exciting opportunity will also include traditional Japanese puppeteer Ryukumi Nishikawa.

The cost for this event is $40 and capacity is limited to 18. This is an advanced workshop for ages 18 and up.

The application deadline is FRIDAY, MARCH 17, AT 5 PM.

Previous puppetry experience required. Applicants are asked to send a paragraph of interest and resume or list of puppetry endeavors to education@puppet.org. You’ll be informed of acceptance on Mon., March 20.

Capacity is limited. To secure your spot if accepted, you must pay for the master class by 5 pm on Mon., March 27 or your spot will be released to another applicant.

When you purchase the class, you may add up to four tickets to Japanese Masters: A Kuruma Ningyo Performance at $25, a $10 discount off of the ticket price. Performances are Saturday April 1st at 8 pm and Sunday April 2nd at 7 pm.


Ningyo & Ningyōzuka: A Master Class in Japanese Puppetry