Saturday, February 28
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Utilizing a range of waste-stream and found materials—students will discover the unique theatrical qualities inherent in the objects. Students will follow the materials in a series of “waste improvisations”, as they “draw-out” characters and bring them to life—with movement, light and sound. Beyond simply creating puppets from trash, this workshop will highlight the importance of: 1—animation elements; 2— sound, rhythm and music in the life of the puppet; and 3—lighting effects.
Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!
Chris Lutter is a designer, inventor, theater-maker and community educator whose work revolves around the design, construction and performance of puppets, masks, props, costumes, unique theatrical inventions, kinetic-sets and sculptural installations. Chris received a 2006 Bush Artist Fellowship, a 2008 Public Art Saint Paul Sustainable Practices Fellowship and a 2012 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. He is on the Minnesota State Arts Board and COMPAS/Young Audiences of Minnesota teaching-artists rosters. Chris is also a bona-fide, licensed, certified, accredited, registered, and bonded puppet doctor.
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.”