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!
Tools and Materials:
Each student will need to provide the following materials for Class 2 onward:
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:
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.