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JUNE 29, July 14 & August 24, 2019

Open Eye is proud to host this exciting workshop series curated by Liz "Howls" Schachterle, multi-disciplinary artist and founder/impresario of the beloved Full Moon Puppet Show! Interested in learning about puppetry? Eager to acquire new skills? These workshops led by master artists are perfect for beginners AND experienced puppeteers alike!


$20 — General Admission

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Object Theatre Workshop

This workshop is being rescheduled—new date coming soon!

June 29, 10am - 1pm

Objects! They tend to sit around … as mementos, as accumulated clutter, or as cast offs of our material world. But what are the stories lurking inside these objects? And what do they provoke in us? Lets find out!

This is a hands on, movement based session. No previous experience is necessary, but your imagination is essential.

Teacher: Sandy Spieler

SANDY SPIELER’s work includes tiny puppet shows, community collaborative performances, main stage theater productions, and public art installations. Led by curiosity, awe, outrage, and love, she worked with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for 45 years. Her works for the Water are an on-going passion.

She has received two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, and the 2014 Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the McKnight Foundation. Learn more at sandyspieler.com.

Max Participants: 15 people


GET LIT! Shadow Puppetry Workshop

July 14, 10am - 1pm

In this 3 hour workshop, Night Shade artists Sarah Frechette and Jason Thibodeaux will demonstrate various tips & tricks to develop shadow puppet designs that compliment a cinematic shadow style. Participants will create their own intricately hand cut paper puppet and explore the flowing effects of manipulating depth & space by using handheld light sources. Participants are asked to bring their own X-Acto knife w/ #2 size blades, and a cutting mat. Class size limited to 10 participants.

Teacher: Sarah Frechette & Jason Thibodeaux

As the head & heart of Portland, Oregon based Night Shade Shadow Theater, Jason & Sarah are revolutionizing their own cinematic style of shadow puppetry that flows like film. This bi-coastal collective has created 8 full-length shadow shows and has collaborated with musicians Ian Vanek (ex-Japanther & Howardian); and Paz Lechantin (Pixies & Entrance Band). Last Fall, Night Shade toured "Order of Wolf" to the International Shadow Festival Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Max Participants: 15

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Learn to Build a Crankie

August 24, 10am - 1pm

What is a Crankie you ask? It’s a long illustrated scroll that is cranked along to tell a story. Crankies can be made in lots of different ways. In this workshop each participant will walk away with their very own crankie!

Teacher: Liz Howls

Liz Howls has been performing and creating puppetry for over 20 years. From shadow puppetry, to miniature marionettes, to crankies she excels at visual storytelling. Liz has received the MSAB Artist Initiative Grant, two Henson Foundation grants and two Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence. She has been seen on the Open Eye stage many times over the years and now splits her time between creating and performing her own work while teaching, mentoring, and coordinating figure theatre. Learn more at lizhowls.com.

Max Participants: 20