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Enjoy these interactive, curriculum-inspired puppet building workshops in which children ages 4 & up become puppet makers and puppeteers as they each create a puppet to take home and put that puppet into performance on our classroom stage. Ages 2 and 3 are welcome if accompanied by adult puppet builder. Learning activities in the instructor-led sessions and the puppet design correlate with the current Family Performance theme.

Workshops are offered Tuesday-Sunday. Times and format (instructor-led or self-guided) vary depending on day of week and time of year—refer to show listings below for details.


Cost: Workshop is included in an All-Inclusive Ticket; $4.50 for Members and $6.50 for General Public when purchased a la carte. Follow this link for information about group/field trip pricing: www.puppet.org/edu/trips.   
To-Go Kits are also available for individuals or groups (regular workshop fees apply): please call 404.873.3391 to order.



Instructor-led Workshop= “taught” workshop.  Teaching Artists will share a brief, fun, curriculum-based learning activity at the top of the workshop session and guide participants through the puppet-creation process step-by-step.  No late seating/late arrivalsPlease note that instructor-led workshops are often sold out due to group/school bookings.

Self-guided Workshop = “open” workshop.  Patrons can make puppets with the help of instruction sheets and doing so at their own pace; however, Teaching Artists are present to aid patrons and guide creativity. No reservations required and patrons are welcome to come and go at any point during the session. In order to ensure that there is ample time to create and perform the puppet, there is no admission 15 minutes before the workshop’s scheduled end time.

PLEASE NOTE: due to limitations on room capacities, ALL CREATE-A-PUPPET WORKSHOPS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.  If the sessions are full and you are unable to wait or join us for a later session, To-Go Kits are available at the Ticket Sales windows.

2014-15 Workshops
Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show

2015-16 Workshops
My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling | Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type | The Reluctant Dragon | The Tortoise, the Hare, and Other Aesop's Fables | Peter Pan | The 3 Little Pigs & More | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® | Pinocchio | Brother Coyote and Sister Fox | SPACE! |Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could | Beauty & the Beast



2014-15 Workshops


Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show
Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig
Apr 9 - May 24, 2015




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Babe the Blue Ox Hand Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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2015-16 Workshops

My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling
By Open Eye Figure Theatre of Minneapolis, MN
May 26 - June 7, 2015




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Distinctive Duckling Rod Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin;
Adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig and Jason von Hinezmeyer
Directed by Jon Ludwig
Used with permission from Pippin Properties, Inc.
June 11 - July 26, 2015


Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Click, Clack, Cow Hand Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.


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The Reluctant Dragon
By Tears of Joy Theatre of Portland, OR  
July 28 - Aug 9, 2015


Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Reluctant Dragon Rod & String Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop's Fables
Adapted by Michael Haverty
Directed by Amy Sweeney
Aug 13 - Sept 20, 2015




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Hopping Hare Rod Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Peter Pan
Adapted by Michael Haverty
Directed by Amy Sweeney
Based on the book by J.M. Barrie
Sept 24 - Oct 25, 2015


Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Crocodile Rod Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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The 3 Little Pigs & More
By Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, NC
Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2015




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Little Pig Hand Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®
Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Directed by Tim Sweeney
Nov 12 - Dec 27, 2015




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Hermey the Elf™ Shadow Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Pinocchio
By Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy of Atlanta, GA
Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016


Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Creaking Cricket Rod Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Brother Coyote and Sister Fox
By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, WA
Jan 13 - 24, 2016




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Coyote Hand Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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SPACE!
Written and directed by Jon Ludwig
Jan 28 - Mar 10, 2016




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Galapagos George,
The Little Tortoise That Could

By Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, VA
Mar 11 - Apr 3, 2016




Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Terrific Tortoise Rod Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Beauty & the Beast
Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig
Apr 7 - May 22, 2016


Create-A-Puppet Workshop: Alley Cat Shadow Puppet

Workshop Times: Two instructor-led sessions will be offered weekdays in conjunction with show times. Self-guided sessions will be offered daily Tues-Fri after 2nd performance and on Sat/Sun after 1st and 2nd performances.

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Create-A-Puppet Workshop To Go
We have the solution! Create-A-Puppet Workshop kits are available to take with you! The Education Department will assemble individual bags of puppet-making materials for each person in your group. You supply glue and/or tape. Makes a great follow-up art activity to further engage students and reinforce what they've learned after a visit to the Center. Comes complete with a fully illustrated step-by-step instruction sheet. Regular workshop fees apply. Available for groups or individuals. Please call 404.873.3391 to reserve.

Individual & Member Fee:
$6.50 per person
(Included with all-inclusive ticket.)

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Contact Us
Ticket Sales Office
tickets@puppet.org
Phone: 404.873.3391
Fax: 404.873.9907

Ticket Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Sat: 9:30am-5pm
Sun: 12pm-5pm