Category Archives: Workshops

Workshop for July 19th Meeting.

Hello PoPS members! Below is the information about our upcoming meeting!

NEXT PoPS GENERAL MEETING:

Sunday, July 19th

1pm

LOCATION: online!

Meeting URL: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82198502096?pwd=V3pWRUs3bDIyS2Nwb1JtTXB3YzA4Zz09

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting will be password protected.
You must RSVP to PoPS President Rachel Jackson via email if you’re planning to attend: popspres@gmail.com

WORKSHOP:

“Pop-Up Book Stages” from Monica Leo of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre. Monica’s workshop at the 2019 PofA Nationals was a huge hit with those of our members who were able to attend, so we asked her to come present to everyone. 

“Pop-Up Book Stages”

Monica Leo of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will show some of her pop-up book stages, discuss their use, and demonstrate the techniques she has found the most useful in creating them. She’ll share some tips on materials and show ways to make surprising pop-ups within the larger pages. Monica uses pop-up book stages in five of her shows.

Bio: 

Monica Leo is a first-generation American, born to German refugees in the waning days of World War Two.  After the war, her parents ordered a set of Kasperle hand puppets from a German craftswoman, and Monica was hooked.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, Monica studied for two years at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 1975, she has been creating and performing as founder and principal puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, West Liberty, Iowa.  Eulenspiegel has performed at numerous regional, national, and international festivals and has toured in 31 states and four other countries.

Monica writes the Scene Between column for the Puppetry Journal. She lives in a log cabin in the woods built by her late husband.

 

Attached to this post:

– The Agenda: If you have anything you’d like to add to this, please let me know via email. As you can see, it’s pretty light.

– The PoPS Constitution and Bylaws: Because everyone should have access to this, and right now you might specifically want the context for…

– The Amendment: As discussed at our April meeting, our Constitution’s definition of a voting member is not in line with ours. So we’re making a change to fix that.

Committees:

Please be ready to give a report at the general meeting. Progress, next steps, etc.

 

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PoPS Constitution and Bylaws edited 4-14-16

Call for workshop proposals for 2020 Puppeters of America NW regional festival!

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR 2020 PUPPETEERS OF AMERICA PACIFIC NW REGIONAL FESTIVAL
We invite you to submit your workshop to become part of The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest.
The Official 2020 Regional Festival for the Pacific Northwest Region of The Puppeteers of America, The Left Coast Puppet Love Fest will bring together professional puppeteers, students, librarians, educators, and inspired beginners in Portland, OR to share knowledge, enthusiasm and resources.
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline is February 15, 2020
Left Coast Puppet Love Fest is led by co-Directors Dustin Curtis (Seattle) and Mary Nagler (Portland). Local Puppeteers of America Guilds – Puppetry Guild of Portland, Puppeteers of Puget Sound and Willamette Valley Puppeteers – will organize and run the festival.
Our aim in selecting workshops is to provide festival attendees with a wide variety of topics (Performing, Building, Business) formats (Lecture, Demonstrations, Hands-on) and puppeteering styles. Workshops with an academic or scholarly focus as well as workshops in related arts fields such as crafts and theatre are also welcome.
Successful workshops are those and in which participants come away with a new or improved applicable skill, insight and/or inspiration and where the exploration of the topic at hand is suited to being absorbed in the given time period.
Workshop selection and management will be handled by Festival co-Director Mary Nagler (Portland) and Workshop Chair Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets (Seattle). The workshop track is sponsored by Felt-a-con.
Workshop teachers will receive an honorarium. Registration and lodging are not covered.
Submit your workshop today!
Festival Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Puppeteers Of Puget Sound Winter Meeting!

Please join us for the first meeting of 2019 on FEBRUARY 21ST at 7:00 PM Guild business will address officer updates, some minor points of order, and news on the National Puppetry Festival.
We are pleased to welcome John Tyndall who is a local Producer and Director with Weasel Productions. His most recent project was The Victorian Hotel by Angus Oblong. A show that combined humans and puppets on an equal footing in a full-length play. He’s looking forward to sharing his puppet creations with you and discussing the challenges presented scripturally in the design and function.
https://www.weaselpro.com

Free for members and $5 for guests who then can apply the fee towards membership if you choose. Refreshments will be provided.

Magnuson Park _ Thistle Theatre Studio Location

It is very important to note that the location is the Thistle Theatre Studio. Please do not “Google” Thistle Theatre. You will be sent to the wrong building.

Manual Cinema Workshop

Manual Cinema Workshop

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Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00-9:00pm

The Moore Theatre
(1932 2nd Ave. Seattle 98101)
$10 fee
RSVP HERE  

Need based scholarships available upon request. Please email studentprograms@stgpresents.org

 

This workshop includes a mini-lesson on Manual Cinema’s work with video samples. Then you’ll move into Manual Cinema’s audio story techniques with exercises on sound design and music composition and a guided sound walk. Participants learn the basic of cinematic puppetry and the company’s visual storytelling techniques by working directly at the screens (in silhouette) and then with hands-on instructions with the overhead projectors. 

 

This workshop is in support of the March 20th Manual Cinema performance of Ada/Ava at the Moore Theatre. For information on that performance visit stgpresents.org 

To receive a 15% discount on tickets to the performance  visit bit.ly/puppeteer-stg. Promo code: Puppeteer

Beginning Puppet Class January 2018

A BEGINNING PUPPET CLASS TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR

 

What:  INTRO TO STAGE PUPPETEERING

Saturday, January 20, 12:30-2:30pm

Where:  Theatre Puget Sound, Studio C

The Armory at Seattle Center
305 Harrison St

Seattle, WA 98109

Registration link: 

Intro to Stage Puppeteering: https://bpt.me/3207194

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class size limited to 20

Looking for the perfect gift for the new-experience seeker on your list? Help them start 2018 on a delightfully zany note with a puppet class! Or heck, treat yourself. (The more the merrier where puppets are concerned.)

Intro to Stage Puppeteering 

Saturday, January 20

12:30-2:30pm

Cost: $40 pre-reg/$50 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

About Your Instructor: 

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Muppets Burlesque,” and The Fringe at the Puppeteers of America 2017 National Festival. Rachel teaches puppetry classes through her company Vox Fabuli Puppets, co-produces the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam, and is unofficial Puppeteer at Large for the Seattle Nerdlesque scene. www.VoxFabuli.com 

Contact: Rachel Jackson

Email:  VoxFabuli@gmail.com

YOU are Invited!!! Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting May 19th

My fellow Puppeteers and fans,

I am pleased to extend a formal invitation to the first meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound for 2016.  I have included the details below. I hope to see you there and bring a friend!

Cost: Free for members of the guild and $5 for non-members

(Please RSVP to Jean at jme@bigplanet.com by May 13th)

When: Thursday, May 19th, at 7pm

Where: Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA, 98115

What: We will have an action packed agenda! Including new meeting schedule, regional festival information, changes to the constitution, and newsletter information.

The workshop will be presented by Cheryl Hadley:

Build a Rod Puppet Robot from Recyclables
Cheryl Hadley will demonstrate her method for building a simple robot puppet with rotating head and body out of a tissue box, a styrofoam cube and a cardboard hanger, and then turn you loose with a wide variety of materials to improve on her design. No batteries required! Everything’s provided, but please bring any lightweight metallic odds and ends you’d like to contribute. You will go home with a complete puppet. Free, for current Puppeteers of Puget Sound members; $5 for nonmembers.

 


We look forward to seeing you!

Class: How to build a Czech Style Rod Marionette from wood

Dmitri Carter is teaching a class in the woodshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center starting next week teaching students how to build a Czech Style Rod Marionette from wood. Beginner-expert woodworkers are welcome.

Here is a link to register for the class: https://online.activenetwork.com/Pratt/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?cid=6583

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting Nov. 10 at 7:30pm

Mary Shaver Puppet

Hand Puppetry Performance and Workshop
Free to members, $5 at door for non-members.

Puppeteers of Puget Sound Meeting, Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm. (NOT NOV. 12)
Thistle Theatre Studio, Magnuson Park. 6310 NW 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115.
On bus lines and free parking.

Puppeteer Mary Shaver will perform Issun Boshi: the Tiny Samurai, the Japanese tale of the small overcoming the large and being the hero. Following the performance, Mary will lead a hand puppet manipulation workshop, including a hand puppet manipulation hand out. By the end of this workshop we promise your puppetry skills will be improved!

Mary Shaver is an artist, master puppeteer, and educator who spent twenty-five years living in Asia and Europe while traveling extensively worldwide. She performs, lectures, and consults; starred for three years on the award-winning children’s television show “Pepe’s Magic Tales”; has created for movies and major television networks.   Honey Goodenough, of Puppet Slam fame and a 2015-2016 UNIMA board member, considers Mary Shaver an inspiration for her puppet career.

Please RSVP to Jean Enticknap via email jme@bigplanet.com

FELT-A-CON: A day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering

The first FELT-A-CON, a day of activities celebrating the art of puppeteering, will be held Saturday, October 10, at Theatre Off Jackson.

FELT-A-CON is a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. We welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.

Pricing:
$55 before October 1st
$65 after October 1st
$70 walk-up registration (day of show)

Register herehttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2220383

Your Registration Fee includes:
– 3 workshops
– lunch
– a FELT-A-THON 2015 commemorative button
– and 1 admission to the October 10th performance of Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Organized by Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson and Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Presenters scheduled to appear:
Christopher Comte
Gavin Cummins
Puppeteers of America Pacific NW Regional Director Elly Leaverton
Rachel Jackson
Annett Mateo

Schedule:
10am – Noon: Workshop 1
Noon – 1pm: LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm: Workshop 2
3:30 – 5:30pm: Workshop 3
~ Dinner Break ~
8pm: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 10

Scheduled workshop topics (more details soon):
Punch & Judy basics
Shadow puppet construction
History of Shadow Puppets
Business Basics for Artists
Let’s Talk About Your Puppet
Puppeteer HiveMind

September Puppet Classes

This September, Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom offer you three easy ways to dip your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What:

BEGINNING STAGE PUPPETEERING
September 12th, 1-3pm

“FINDING YOUR PUPPET’S VOICE”
September 19th, 1-3:30pm

BASIC PUPPET BUILDING – ANIMALS
September 26th, 10am-5:30pm

Where:

Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links:
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://bpt.me/1984970
“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”: http://bpt.me/1984972
Basic Puppet Building – Animals: http://bpt.me/1984966

Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Saturday, September 12
1-3pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

“Finding Your Puppet’s Voice”
Saturday, September 19
1-3:30pm
Cost: $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like?
You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there?

In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. *Beginning Puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience required.

Basic Puppet Building – Animals
Saturday, September 26
10am – 5:30pm
Cost: $175

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this beginning class. Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Your teacher will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn…or any animal your imagination can devise.

About Your Instructors:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to The FELT-A-THON, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. www.VoxFabuli.com

Seattle-based puppeteer Chad Allers has been building puppets since 2010, when he won Project Puppet’s annual contest with the second puppet he ever built. He makes puppet videos through his company, Crash Boom Puppets, including a series where he teaches people how to go about creating their own puppet productions. Locally, he has built puppets for live performances of Nunsense and The Pillowman. http://www.crashboom.net