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.”