Saturday, January 3
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
This three hour workshop will look at how to transform text into a visual language. We will use found objects and look at how materiality and movement can change a performance. Please bring a piece of text that you have an affinity for – 200 words max. And if you have a good box a junk bring it too – please no assembled puppets.
Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!
Alison Heimstead fosters new puppet performance locally as the Performance Curator at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Her own puppet work has performed nationally at: La MaMa (NYC), Saint Ann’s Warehouse, Labapalooza (NYC), The Museum of Jurassic Technology (LA), and many other venues. Alison has studied puppetry with Janie Geiser, Paul Zaloom, Dan Hurlin, Sandy Spieler, and Bread and Puppet Theater; she carries an MFA in puppetry and theater design from the California Institute of the Arts.
Tuesdays, March 3 - April 7
6 - 9 pm
In this workshop particpants will design and construct a Rod and String Puppet based on the Czech control system. The workshop will cover basic joinery, sculpting and simple woodworking techniques.
Michael Sommers is a co-founder and current Artist in Residence at Open Eye Theatre. He has designed and constructed puppets for the Open Eye stage for over fifteen years.
Tuesdays, April 21 - May 26
6 - 9 pm
Each participant will design and construct a basic, nine string marionette. The primary materials will be wood and paper mache. The workshop will cover various types of jointing, weight distribution, control design and stringing. Costuming will be discussed, but construction of costumes will not be a part of the workshop. Basic manipulation will also be covered. Experience with wood working power tools is helpful, but not required. No previous experience assumed or necessary.
Kurt Hunter is a Minneapolis-based puppeteer, designer, teacher and author, best known for his innovative solo marionette work. He has studied with marionette masters Phillip Huber and Albrecht Roser. He has worked extensively with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and Open Eye Figure Theatre. In 2008 he received an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in Puppetry for “Sock Puppet Serenade.”