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Watch! Discover! Learn!
Educational and professional development opportunities
at the Center for Puppetry Arts.


program offerings Workshop taught LIVE at the Center

program offerings Recorded playback available online





2015-16 Explore Puppetry Series
Sept 21, 2015
Sept 28, 2015
Nov 3, 2015
Nov 5, 2015
Nov 6, 2015
Dec 7, 2015

Jan 19, 2016

Feb 23, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
Feb 25, 2016
Mar 28, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
May 23, 2016
Puppeteering for Television and Film
Puppeteering for Television and Film
Imaginary Body: Chekhov Technique for the Puppeteer
Imaginary Body: Chekhov Technique for the Puppeteer
Imaginary Body: Chekhov Technique for the Puppeteer
Behind the Mask: Designing and building in the Commedia Dell'Arte style
Tabletop Puppetry
Working in a Material World
Working in a Material World
Working in a Material World
Rod Puppets: What Lies Beneath
Happy Bodies, Happy Puppets!
No Screams Attached: Taking the Pain Out of Sound Design for Puppet Film



PLEASE NOTE:
*E-mail distancelearning@puppet.org for the member discount for recorded playback.
*A minimum enrollment may be required for workshop
to be offered as scheduled.
*Limited to ages 16+ unless otherwise specified.

*A $5.00 Off Discount for select offerings in the Explore Puppetry Series is available to students and members of the professional arts community! Click this link for more information.



Puppeteering for Television and Film - 2 sessions
Presented by Thom Stanley (Puppeteer / Producer for TV & Film)

Mon, Sept 21, 2015
6:30-9:30pm

Onsite
Beginner: all levels
Capacity: 20 onsite participants

Mon, Sept 28, 2015
6:30-9:30pm

Onsite
Advanced: must attend 9/21/15 session
Capacity: 10 onsite participants



Learn the unique style of puppetry used in television and film. Participants will work with a monitor in front of a camera to discover techniques that will allow them to connect with the audience, move with precision and control, lip sync effectively, and find ways to react as unique characters in solo and group scenes.

Cost - On-Site: SEPT 21 CLASS ONLY: $30 General / $20 Member
BOTH CLASSES: $50 General / $40 Member (Member voucher accepted for first class only; second class must be purchased at Member rate.)

Not sure which option is right for you? Contact the Education Department at education@puppet.org or 404-881-5144!

    

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Imaginary Body: Chekhov Technique for the Puppeteer - 3 sessions
Presented by Kara Cantrell (Certified Teacher, National Michael Chekhov Association)

Tues, Nov 3, 2015
7-9:30pm

Onsite and ( r ) – only first session recorded
Introduction: all levels
Capacity: 20 onsite participants


Thus, Nov 5, 2015
7-9:30pm

Onsite
Intermediate: must attend 11/3/15 session
Capacity: 10 onsite participants

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Fri, Nov 6, 2015
7-9:30pm

Onsite
Intermediate: must attend 11/3/15 and 11/5/15 sessions
Capacity: 10 onsite participants

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Using the foundational principles in Michael Chekhov’s highly physical Technique of Acting (Expansion/Contraction, Qualities of Movement, and Archetypal Gesture) puppeteers will learn to quickly create unique characters with their puppets and breathe life-like qualities into them.

Cost - On-Site: *NOV 3 CLASS ONLY: $30 General / $20 Member (Member vouchers not accepted.)
*THREE CLASSES: $60 General / $50 Member (Member vouchers not accepted.)

Not sure which option is right for you? Contact the Education Department at education@puppet.org or 404-881-5144!
    
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Behind the Mask: Designing and building in the Commedia Dell'Arte style - 2 Sessions
Presented by Timothy Harland (Mask Maker & Performer)

Mon, Dec 7, 2015
7-9pm

Onsite

Mon, Dec 14, 2015
7-9pm

Onsite

*Must attend both sessions*



The mask was an essential tool that helped give birth to the art form of theater. The Commedia dell’Arte, an improvisational style of comedy in 16th century Italy, was the last great movement of the mask. Pick up where its history left off and make one of your very own in this two-session workshop!

Capacity: 15 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: TWO CLASSES ONLY: $50 General / $40 Member (Member vouchers not accepted.)



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Tabletop Puppetry
Presented by Thistle Theatre

Tues, Jan 19, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite



Tabletop puppetry, a variation of Bunraku (the traditional Japanese style of overt puppetry), is a hallmark of all Thistle Theatre productions. This fun, participatory and collaborative workshop allows you to experience first-hand this challenging and rewarding style of puppetry!

Capacity: 25 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: $30 General / $20 Member



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Working in a Material World - 3 Sessions
Presented by Vito Leanza (Conservator, Center for Puppetry Arts / Owner & Creator, Vitoworld Productions)

Tues, Feb 23, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite and ( r ) – all three sessions recorded

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite and ( r ) – all three sessions recorded

Thurs, Feb 25, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite and ( r ) – all three sessions recorded

*Must attend all 3 sessions*




Put down that glue gun! It’s been said that anything can become a puppet. In this course you will learn how to use materials that the professionals have been using for years. You will be shown such techniques as the proper way to cut foams, which foams are better for certain situations, different types of glues to use for materials, fabrics such as spandex and fleece, varieties of hand stitches, draping fabrics to cover your creations, how to make simple patterns and many other tricks of the trade. You will also be given a list of where you can purchase these sometimes very difficult to find materials. We are living in a material world, now let’s work in one!

Capacity: 20 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: THREE CLASSES ONLY: $75 General / $60 Member (Member vouchers not accepted.)

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Rod Puppets: What Lies Beneath
Presented by Heidi Rugg (Director, Barefoot Puppet Theatre)

Mon, Mar 28, 2016
6:30-9:30pm

Onsite and ( r )



Have you ever seen a puppet at an exhibit and just itched to get your hands on it while no one was looking? Well, here is your chance! We will get up-close and personal with rod puppet mechanisms in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Come and learn about springs, crazy levers, and Hansjurgen Fettig, all while getting "up under the hood" of rod puppets. Make a smooth-working moving mouth mech with an awesome lever that is super easy to replicate. A detailed workbook is available to all participants.

Capacity: 18 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: $30 General/ $20 Member

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Happy Bodies, Happy Puppets!
Presented by Jeffrey Zwartjes (Puppeteer, Center for Puppetry Arts)
and Alison Hastings (Yoga Instructor & Actress)

Mon, Apr 25, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite and ( r )



One of the greatest assets a puppeteer can have is a great relationship with his/her body. We’ll explore strength, balance, flexibility and fitness—all the tricks you can use to get your body fully integrated and up to the task of puppeteering!

Capacity: 25 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: $30 General / $20 Member

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No Screams Attached: Taking the Pain Out of Sound Design for Puppet Film
Presented by Kacie Willis (Sound Designer & Filmmaker)

Mon, May 23, 2016
7-9pm

Onsite and ( r )



Puppets in film have always had the ability to incite a sense of whimsy, wonder, excitement and dread--and it’s the sum of visuals and sound that create the magic. This engaging lecture will explore the sound design, voice acting, and other audio-related topics related to the most prolific puppet characters in films, including horror film stars Chucky, Predator and of course, the Gremlins!

Capacity: 25 onsite participants
Cost - On-Site: $30 General / $20 Member

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