Introduction to Puppetry
For Teens & Adults






Skill Level

1 hour

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Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021 12:30pm-1:30pm
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January 5, 12, 19, 26 &

February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021


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This 8-week course will introduce students to the the art of puppetry. A combination of lecture and lab classes will lead the student through an exploration of puppetry design, construction, manipulation and dramaturgy as it applies to puppetry in contemporary theatre. Each student will build their own table top puppet using simple materials. Alternative building materials and methods will be discussed. Using the puppet built in class, each student will explore the cornerstones of puppetry manipulation; breath, focus, response and posture. Through this exploration students will develop a short, nonverbal storyline that can become the springboard for a performance.

In other words, while playing with materials, a puppet will be born through your own creativity. He/she will tell you how they want to move and what story they want to tell! You and your fellow classmates will be delighted!


  1. An awareness of the different styles of puppetry arts and types or puppetry manipulation and construction.
  2. a basic understanding of form as it applies to theatrical puppetry
  3. an understanding of some simple joints and mechanisms and how they inform the posture and manipulation of a puppet
  4. an awareness of the variety of building materials and methods that can be used to construct a puppet.
  5. a basic understanding of the skills required to manipulate a puppet
  6. an understanding of how materials affect the manipulation of a puppet
  7. an understanding of how puppetry manipulation serves a storyline with regards to actions, reactions, intentions and levels of tension.

Tools and Materials:

Each student will need to provide the following materials for Class 2 onward:

  1. a sketch book and pencil for ideas
  2. 2 or 3 full rolls of 1” masking tape (beige, not green or blue)
  3. 1 roll of duct tape
  4. a stack of newspapers
  5. a selections of dowel – ranging from 1/4” to 1/2” in diameter, about 3’ of each.
  6. a pair of shoe laces (approximately 33” in length)
  7. some cardboard
  8. scissors
  9. a matt knife, Olfa blade, box cutters (something to cut cardboard)

The instructor will go over these materials in our first class and answer any questions before you gather your materials and tools.

You may also choose to use the following materials at home. These are not needed in class:

  1. cheese cloth
  2. tissue paper
  3. white glue
  4. hot glue gun
  5. acrylic paint
  6. anything you can imagine for hair and eyes; wool, pot scrubbers, buttons, bottle caps, burlap, false teeth!
  7. infant clothes or fabric for costumes

Students will explore:

Who is the course for?

Puppetry is an interdisciplinary art form. If you have skills in performance, dance, theatre production, visual arts, or storytelling and script writing, you will find that this course will help you build on your experience. But mostly this course is ideal for anyone with curiosity and a desire to tell stories using materials from our world and your imagination.

Facilitated by: Heather Kent

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