Category Archives: Workshops

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.

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: or 206-334-8965

Learn more about 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:


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.)


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:

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!

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

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!

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

Temporary Thistle Theatre Studio:

Pinehurst Shelter
12029 14th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98125

Upcoming Workshops by Brian Kooser at Gallery One Visual Arts Center

Papier and Pints
Free Workshop
August 16, 6-9pm

A fun and free workshop for all ages with artist Brian Kooser will give artists a chance to get their hands gooey, while familiarizing themselves with clay as a positive mold and papier mache as a fine arts form. Collaborative sculpting and casting will be emphasized. Materials and beverages(for all ages) are included. This workshop is made possible by a grants from The Ellensburg Arts Commission.



Giant Puppets, Masks and Sculpture
with Brian Kooser
$140 + $30 material fee
August 25 & 26, 9am – 4pm

This workshop with will be a hands-on exploration of techniques for creating large, lightweight, three-dimensional elements such as giant puppet heads, masks or sculpture. Artist Brian Kooser will draw on his 20 years of Celebration Art experience to demonstrate how to create inexpensive armatures, sculpt clay and cast from a positive mold using advanced papier mache skills learned from a Czechoslovakian puppet master. Projects begun in this workshop can be brought to fruition at the Buskers in the Burg open workshops beginning August 26 at a downtown storefront. Plug in and get an early start for the Arts Parade in September, or learn new inexpensive methods for creating your own imagery. Brian Kooser was awarded a Birkin Owart Arts and Humanities Grant which has made him available for the Parade Workshops.

Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of visual arts in central Washington. It is located at 408 North Pearl, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Beginning Puppetry with Rachel Jackson

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 puppets
plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on
your skills.No puppet experience required.
Classes recommended for ages 15 and up.

Beginning Puppetry
1-3pm, Saturday May 26th
Cost: $30 pre-reg/$35 day-of

at Tin Can Studio
(in the old Rainier Brewery)
3130 Airport Way South

More info:

Rachel Jackson has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since
2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The
Seattle Times. Recent credits include Team of Heroes: Behind Closed
Doors,Whedonesque Burlesque and MANOS – The Hands of Felt. She also
appears regularly at cabarets Spin the Bottle and Fussy Cloud Puppet

Puppet supply swap/sale and tabletop Bunraku workshop !

There’s a Puppeteers of Puget Sound meeting Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Thistle Theatre studio, 6310 NE 74th St, Bldg 30 northeast entrance.

Puppeteers are invited to bring supplies to swap and can “shop” for supplies.

Thistle Theatre is downsizing its studio for a move while building 30 is remodeled.  For sale will be fabrics, trims, accessories, sculpt or mold, props and more. The proceeds from the Thistle Theatre sales go into the Children’s Ticket Subsidy Fund.

Jean Enticknap will lead a workshop and Q and A about tabletop Bunraku-style puppets.

See you at the meeting,

President Gyan Davies

P.S. Please take home anything you bring that doesn’t get taken!

Reminder: Workshop/Meeting Sunday June 26, 2011

Please join us for a special workshop by Clay Martin, followed by a meeting of the Puppeteers of Puget Sound, on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 5pm at Seattle University’s Vachon Gallery.

The Vachon Gallery at Seattle University is located on the north end of campus in the Fine Arts Building, which backs up to Madison Street just east of Broadway.  Seattle University is located at 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, between Madison and Jefferson.

The workshop:

Clay Martin, who has been a puppeteer for more years than he cares to admit, will present a demonstration of the art of hand puppetry combined with a true history and authentic account of how he came to be enmeshed in this sordid lifestyle.  A highly entertaining cautionary tale for the whole Family!

Clay Martin puppets

As part of the presentation, Clay will share his RAG BALLET, a piece about how to make your own puppet from a bandanna and a rubber band and do your own show.  Everyone is encouraged to bring your own bandannas, in order to follow along.  Clay will have a bag of the right sized rubber bands.

The meeting:

Following the workshop, members will be voting on the newly revised bylaws.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring along their own hand puppets (from shows, collections, or made-especially-for-the-meeting) for sharing or a little impromptu puppeteering during the meeting.


Hope to see you there!