Category Archives: Workshops

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!
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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

Puppet fun during Art Up PhinneyWood this weekend.

For Art Up PhinneyWood: The BIG One, Seattle ReCreative will be exhibiting paintings and prints by Jeffrey Hantman and fruit peel sculptures by Chris Huber.

Art up and chow down in Phinney and Greenwood during the 20th Annual PhinneyWood Art Walk – The BIG One
May 8 from 6 – 9 pm and May 9 from 12 – 5 pm

70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th and 100+ artists will be participating. Featuring art in a wide variety of mediums including visual, performance and music. Maps and additional information available at www.artupphinneywood.com.

Additionally, ReCreative will be offering these FREE (all ages) community events and entertainment:

May 8th, 6-8pm: Nightmerriment Fuzzy Monsters

Come check out some walk around puppetry by artist and storyteller Matthew Hopkins!

May 8th, 6-8pm: Fairytale Puppet Theater

Bring your own fairytale stories to life in this FREE Make & Take workshop with award-winning puppeteer and artist Sarah Frechette. Using recycled & art materials, kids will create fairytale animal puppets inspired by the vibrant, and imaginative puppetry art of “What The Moon Saw”, an artful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and The Ugly Ducking debuting May 2nd through 17th at the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, WA.

May 9th, 12-2pm: Family Play Studio

Bring the kids in for some hands-on activities with early childhood educator Jessica Lord! bond with the little people you love We will be building with loose parts and playing with a variety of sensory and art mediumsin a dynamic and playful environment that honors our natural desire to experiment and explore. This FREE two hour drop-in playtime is child-directed and self-paced.

JEFFREY HANTMAN

Jeff Hantman received a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and has been living and working in the Bay Area for 20 years. In his studio he disassembles these collected items and reconfigures them into large sculptures that resemble objects that may or may not be obsolete. He combines woodworking, printmaking and painting to create his sculptures.

CHRIS HUBER

Make do with what you have; have fun with what you make.

Fresh lime rinds are strong and pliable like leather. They remember their spherical origin even if cut into thin strips. They change gradually as they air dry into brittle forms, but are full of natural preservatives that work as long as they don’t get damp. Things start out luscious and fragrant and then sort of wither. The ephemeral qualities suggested time capsules. The other contraptions are like fruit: to get what’s in there you have to destroy the shell. Photos capture the fresh phase and document what’s on the inside.

Also binkies, bottlecaps, and what not.

Huber was raised and spent most of his life in and near St. Louis. He studied in Ohio and abroad, and has been living in the DC area for the last 7 years. He expects to be relocating to Bangkok later this year. He has a keen interest in visual symbolism. Under the pseudonym Andros Chrystal he created The Puppeteer’s Cosmic Puzzle, which is in the collection of the Musee Francais de la Carte a Jouer d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.

Huber’s work will be on display from May 4-11.

Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625812047650594/

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

What:  Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, Sept 6th or

Saturdays, Sept 27th – Oct 11th

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Sundays, Sept 28th – Oct 12th

1-4pm

Cost:  $160 per class

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

Basic Puppet Building: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829227
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829296

Vox Fabuli Puppets introduces a brand new puppet building class as part of their Fall 2014 class line-up. “‘When are you going to teach us how to make puppets?’ is a question I get asked fairly often,” said Vox Fabuli owner Rachel Jackson. “It was a matter of creating a pattern that was appropriate for a class. This summer I finally got time to sit down and do that.”

Basic Puppet Building – Animals

~ 1-Day Class: Saturday, September 6th from 10am-5pm

~ 3-Week Class: Saturdays, Sept 27 – Oct 11 from 11am-1pm

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering

Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 121-4pm

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

No puppet experience required.

~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.

About Vox Fabuli Puppets: 

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 “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”.

www.VoxFabuli.com

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop

Skid Row Puppet Show presents Costuming for Puppets Workshop with costuming artist Deborah Skorstad.

Attendees will get an overview of the fundamentals of costuming puppets and then put this information into practice.

In the morning session we will discuss integrating costuming into your show, research and history of costuming, and scale of costuming. We will look at resources for historical puppet costumes, examples of costumed puppets, and patterning will be featured.

In the afternoon we will take what we’ve learned during the morning and put it into practice. Come with questions, projects, puppets to costume, or costuming conundrums to discuss for this hands on afternoon.

If you’re joining us for the whole day: please bring a sack lunch or a dish to share for family style knoshing.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 28, 2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm PST
University of Washington School of Drama Costume Shop

Seattle, WA, USA

DEBORAH SKORSTAD is a Seattle based costume designer, educator, tailor/draper and craft artisan. She designs costumes for professional and educational theater, dance, aerial performance, magicians and puppets. She is currently lead costumer at the University of Washington’s School of Drama costume shop. She teaches an Introduction to Theatrical Costuming class, an Intensive Cosplay Costume class and is the adviser to the Costume Club at the UW. From 1993 -2001 she was the costume shop manager at Seattle Children’s Theater where she over saw the costume production of over 49 shows and had the great fortune to work often with Douglas Paasch. In 2005 she was invited to fabricate the costumes for Ping Chong’s “China” 3 Tales of Cathay co-produced by the Seattle Rep and the Kennedy Center. In 2007 her design won a juried competition for Pike Place Market’s Centennial icons, The Fintastic Five: 5 walk-about, realistic salmon. She designed the costumes for Brian Kooser’s productions of Dracula-A Case Study (Theater Off Jackson 2007), Micheal Jackson and Bubbles (UFO The Puppet Show 2008), Bloody Henry (Seattle University 2009), Miss Esther Bangs (Seattle Erotic Arts Festival 2010) and was assistant to Lynn Jeffrie’s Shadow Puppet Intensive 2012 funded by the UW Innovation Fund.

Workshop participation donation $5-25 sliding scale (donations help to rent the space, pay our instructor artist, provide some materials, and foster future workshops)

To Register or join the mailing list.

Questions? email: puppetbrigade@outlook.com or 206-334-8965

Learn more about Skid Row Puppet Show: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skid-Row-Puppet-Show/

Fall Puppetry Classes at Tin Can Studio

Fall Puppetry Classes
October 20 and 27, 1-3pm
taught by Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets
at Tin Can Studio

COST: per class: $35 pre-reg/$40 day-of
*Special Discount: $60 total if you pre-register for both classes*

To Register or for more info: http://fallpuppetclasses.brownpapertickets.com

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BEGINNING PUPPETRY
1-3pm, Sunday, October 20th

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with the 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.

(No puppet experience required.)

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INTERMEDIATE PUPPETRY – “Finding Your Puppet’s Character”
1-3pm, Sunday, October 27th

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 recommended.)

To Register or for more info: http://fallpuppetclasses.brownpapertickets.com

Puppeteers of Puget Sound present: Improv Workshop

Puppeteers of Puget Sound
a Guild of the Puppeteers of America

Presents: Improv Workshop

The Puppeteers of Puget Sound is pleased to announce a 3 hour Improv Workshop taught by Sam Longoria. Sam is a Producer and Director and Actor, experienced in Film and Stage, Comedy and Drama.

Sam attended college in Seattle and Portland. After working on the film “Ghostbusters” (1983), he studied in Theatres and Schools in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Sam owned an Improv Comedy stage, (The WILD SIDE Theatre in Hollywood), Directing, Performing and Teaching there, for a dozen years. Six shows a week = 3,125 shows! Sam will share what he knows, to help you discover and build your creative and performance skills.

Improv practice supercharges Stage, Film, and Puppetry!

THE WORKSHOP:
Three 45-minute sections with 15-min break in between

Section One: Principles and exercises
Section Two: Games and rehearsal
Section Three: Scenes and space work

DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, May 30, 7-10PM

CLASS LIMIT: 15 please register early! Free to paid members of Puppeteers of Puget Sound or pay $12 at door and you will get an individual POPS membership!

REGISTRATION:
Jean Entickap of Thistle Theatre is registrar for workshop.
Two methods:
Register by email to jme@bigplanet.com
Or call Thistle Theatre and leave message: (206) 524-3388

LOCATION:
Temporary Thistle Theatre Studio:

Pinehurst Shelter
12029 14th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98125