At the Center for Puppetry Arts, we pride ourselves on our well-rounded puppetry offerings, from our performances for families and adults, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and our extensive educational opportunities. We have some GREAT workshops coming up in the 2017-18 Explore Puppetry Series for both teenagers and adults. If you’re interested in taking your puppetry skills to the next level, check out what’s on the schedule this season. Capacity is limited in each, so don’t hesitate to book! (As always, Members receive special pricing!)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, 5-6:30 pm

Animatronic Karakuri Playshop (Junior Explorers Series for ages 9-12)

Presented by Paulette Richards

DESCRIPTION: When Portuguese explorers reached Japan in the 16th century, Japanese craftsmen were inspired to use cam and gear mechanisms they saw in western clockwork to create mechanically animated figures known as karakuri. Participants in this workshop will develop puppet characters while customizing a hobby horse karakuri from a kit that introduces cam mechanisms.  

They will also learn to connect power, inputs, wires, and outputs in appropriate sequence by building circuits with littleBits.

LEVEL: Ages 9-12 and their grown-ups

COST: $15 General | $10 Member  

CAPACITY: 20 Note: Each ticket is for 2 people: 1 adult & 1 child  (20 tickets equal a total of 40 people in the workshop.)


Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 2-4, 2017, 6:30-9:30 pm (three-session workshop)

Snip Stitch Floor Focus: The Fur Chapter

Presented by Bob’s Your Uncle Productions

Three Sessions!

November 2, 2017 (6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday)
November 3, 2017 (6:30pm-9:30pm Friday)
November 4, 2017 (6:30pm-9:30pm Saturday)

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make television/film quality puppets out of fur and how to perform them in front of a camera! BJ Guyer and Thom Stanley of Bob’s Your Uncle Productions will teach you the processes and techniques that professionals use in the film and television industry. This intensive course will take place over three days.

LEVEL:  Master Class | Ages 18+     

APPLICATION: Contact to be placed on the list to receive application information.

COST: $95 General |  $80 Member


Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, 6:30-9:30 pm

Financial Literacy 101

Presented by C4 Atlanta

DESCRIPTION: Financial Literacy 101 is a hands-on, three hour workshop for creative individuals who want to be more budget savvy and learn better financial stewardship for their projects and businesses. Participants will gain a greater understanding of:

  • Basic budget and finance terminology & reporting
  • Creating budget for creative projects or businesses around your goals
  • Tools to help you get started and manage project finances

LEVEL: intermediate (for industry/professionals Ages 18+)

COST: $30 General  |  $20 Member


Monday, Jan. 8, 2018; Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018; and Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, 7-9 pm (three-session workshop)

Let’s Get ‘Er Done! (Finishing Your Unfinished Masterpiece)

Presented by Vito Leanza, Owner & Creator, Vitoworld Productions


Three Sessions!
January 8, 2018 (7pm-9pm Monday)
January 16, 2018 (7pm-9pm Tuesday)
January 22, 2018 (7pm-9pm Monday)

DESCRIPTION: Do you have several projects and ideas that you were so excited about, began and then were pushed into a corner or cabinet because life happened? Then this is the workshop for you! Drag out that half- finished hook rug or bird house! In this class we will take your partially finished projects, puppets, costumes and together-- with me and your classmates--we will get you unstuck, bring out new ideas and present you with new options to complete your project. We will assess each project in week 1, and send you off to work, see your progress in week 2 and send you off again.  

Materials/supplies provided.  

Week 3 we will finish your project! Let's get 'er done!!

LEVEL: intermediate to advanced | Ages 18+

APPLICATION: Contact to be placed on the list to receive application information.

COST: $75 General |  $65 Member


Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, 5-7 pm

Creative Claymation Celebration (Junior Explorers Series for ages 9-12)

Presented by Claudia McClelland

DESCRIPTION: Discover the basics of Claymation by creating and animating a character in its own movie.

LEVEL: Ages 9-12 and their grown-ups

COST: $15 General | $10 Member  

CAPACITY: 15 Note: Each ticket is for 2 people: 1 adult & 1 child  (20 tickets equal a total of 40 people in the workshop.)

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 7-9 pm

Unlocking Voice—Yours and Your Puppet’s!

Presented by Dolph Amick, Eric Baumgartner, Reay Kaplan Maxwell, Spencer Stephens

DESCRIPTION: Explore tips and techniques that will lead you to discovering all the puppet voices inside of you!  This panel of Center for Puppetry Arts artists will share warm-up suggestions, give hints for vocal health, provide keys to unlocking character voices, fill in blanks about how to sing with and through a puppet, and then work with intimate groups in “private coaching” sessions.

LEVEL: beginner + intermediate | Ages 18+

COST: $30 General | $20 Members


Monday, Mar. 19, 2018, 7-9 pm

Strings, Rods, Hands and Heels: Women in Puppetry

Presented by Kayla Wirtz, Collections Manager, Center for Puppetry Arts

DESCRIPTION: Women made a tremendous impact on American puppetry throughout the 20th century, and much of this history can be found in the Center for Puppetry Arts very own research library. Take a special look inside the Nancy Lohman Staub Research Library highlighting women’s broad contributions to American puppetry and the Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin collection.  Learn about the history, and what it takes to protect it.

LEVEL: all experience levels | Ages 18+

COST: $25 General | $15 Members


Monday, Mar. 26, 2018, 7-9 pm

Puppetry of India

Presented by Kathy Foley & Karen Smith

DESCRIPTION: Indian puppetry ranges from ritual performances with the Goddess almost the only spectator to contemporary puppetry to raise environmental consciousness and everything in between. String-, glove-, rod- and shadow forms have evolved over millennia. The cultural and social backgrounds of selected theatres and the unique methods of manipulation (head rings that allow a puppeteer to “dance” becoming almost as a double of the figure, rod puppets supported by a waist harness, shadow puppets taller than humans). The relation of music, dance, myth, and the animated object will be highlighted.  

Modern performance in education, entertainment, and social service continues this long history and traditional puppeteers fight to retain their family heritage as high-rise developments threaten to displace them from areas the community has settled. Learn of the long and deep heritage of puppetry and its vibrant presence in Indian culture.

LEVEL: intermediate (for industry/professionals) | Ages 18+

COST: $25 General  |  $15 Member


Monday, Apr. 16, 2018; Monday Apr. 23, 2018; and Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 6:30-9:30 pm (three-session workshop)

Commedia dell’Arte: From Clay to Play!

Presented by Tim Harland & Jake Krakovsky

Three Sessions!

April 16, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday)
April 23, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday)
April 30, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday)

DESCRIPTION: Over the course of three workshops, participants will learn the basics of the Commedia dell’Arte tradition — its history, stock characters, and impact on theater from the 16th century until today. Participants will have the opportunity to build their own Commedia dell’Arte masks, engage in fun and challenging performance exercises, and get up on their feet to bring their masked characters to life.

LEVEL:  intermediate to advanced | Ages 18+

COST: $65 General |  $55 Member


Monday, May 21, 2018, 7-9 pm

Touring Puppeteers: Sharing the Stage

Presented by Lee Bryan (That Puppet Guy) with Nancy Riggs (Piccadilly Puppets), David Stephens (All Hands Productions) and Peter Hart (Atlanta Puppet).

DESCRIPTION: Get out of the basement put that show on the road!  Learn tips and tricks from the pros on how to build wiser and pack your shows smarter.  Includes better business practices from a panel of touring puppeteers who “hit the road” nearly every single day.  

LEVEL:  All levels | Ages 18+

COST: $30 General | $20 Members