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Monthly Puppetry Workshops

January         February         March (2)         April         June    




January:   Making Marionettes Move  

Saturday, January 4th

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Workshop Description

Learn the physical principles behind marionettes and how to discover the special talents required for making marionettes move. A variety of marionettes from very simple to complex will be available for use. If you have a marionette that you’d like to explore, bring it along. As we discover what each marionette can do we will use that to express action and emotion and to develop short scenes.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Kurt Hunter

Artist Bio

Kurt Hunter has been following his fascination with marionettes for over thirty years. He has worked on marionettes for A Prelude to Faust and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a solo puppeteer he has performed in Toy Theatre After Dark at Open Eye, at the Walker Art Center, and at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California.

Registration

$20
To reserve your spot, please purchase your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets .
Or, to make a reservation you can call our office at (612) 874-6338.

There are 20 spots available for this workshop. 
Pre-purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.



February:   The Secrets of "Trash/Junk Puppet" Alchemy  

Saturday, February 1st

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Workshop Description

Join our hands-on experimental puppet building laboratory and learn how to "spin straw into gold" as we repurpose and re-envision diverse found and recycled materials. First we will create a menagerie of improbable creatures unknown to science! Next, learn how to breathe life into them and discover the secret stories they reveal. Class will culminate in performances.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Daniel Polnau

Artist Bio

Daniel Polnau has been a Puppet Thaumaturge, Storyteller, Teaching Artist, Playwright, Director, Lecturer, Performer, and Visual Artist for over 30 years. He is the founder of Dreaming Crow Puppet Collective. Polnau specializes in low-tech-high-magic and voodoo-baroque artistic techniques and philosophies. Awards include The Lila Wallace Readers' Digest Artists International Fellowship making possible a 6-month residency in Bali, Indonesia. Original works include Anaconda!, Sakti, and Mercurious Lumen. Currently he is the Creator, Director and Ring Master of Strombolli's Medicine Show.

Registration

$20
To reserve your spot, please purchase your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets .
Or, to make a reservation you can call our office at (612) 874-6338.

There are 20 spots available for this workshop. 
Pre-purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.



March:   Limitations of Myself  

Saturday, March 1st

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Workshop Description

Participants will create and explore a vocabulary of limitations. The workshop explores the creation of an autobiographical 3-D puppet.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Michael Sommers

Artist Bio

Michael Sommers has worked professionally in theater for three decades and is renowned in the Twin Cities for his unique, visual approach to the stage and his versatility in multiple art forms. He has worked as puppeteer, writer, performer, designer, and director throughout his career. He has collected many awards including a Ford Fellowship and a Bush Enduring Visions award. Sommers is currently the Artist in Residence at The Open Eye Figure Theatre and an Associate Professor in the newly formed Department of Collaborative Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Registration

$20
To reserve your spot, please purchase your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets .
Or, to make a reservation you can call our office at (612) 874-6338.

There are 20 spots available for this workshop. 
Pre-purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.



March:   DIY Shadow Puppetry  

Wednesday, March 26th

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Workshop Description

The workshop begins with a simple exploration of light, shadow and silhouette. We then move to create our own puppets after exploring numerous design methodologies, materials, tools and engineering. The building process happens in tandem with a performative exploration, familiarizing ourselves with different light/projection surfaces, to better critique and revise our puppets during the design process. The workshop ends with performative exercises and a short introduction of your newly made shadow friend.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Annie Rollins

Artist Bio

Annie Katsura Rollins is a lover of all things shadowy. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota MFA Theatre Design program and a Chinese shadow puppet specialist. She completed a Fulbright fellowship, in 2011, researching and apprenticing traditional Chinese shadow puppetry and has begun a PhD in the subject at Concordia University in Montreal. Last year, Annie collaborated with Droomtheatre in Holland on a new initiative to bring shadow puppetry to marginalized communities. Recent new shadow works include There’s Nothing to Tell, which was remounted in 2013 at In The Heart of the Beast Theatre and a short performance called Shadows and Whispers for Café Concrete in Montreal. This year, Annie has taught a workshop at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts and is doing a demo/workshop for the Virginia Fine Arts Museum in Richmond. She will continue her fieldwork in the summer of 2014 in Gansu and Yunnan province.

Registration

$20
To reserve your spot, please purchase your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets .
Or, to make a reservation you can call our office at (612) 874-6338.

There are 15 spots available for this workshop. 
Pre-purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.



April:   Creating Content  

Saturday, April 5th

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Workshop Description

Participants will examine a step-by-step investigation of their definition of content. Please bring a "Personal Theme". This workshop will explore 2-D images using the Overhead Projector.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Michael Sommers

Artist Bio

Michael Sommers has worked professionally in theater for three decades and is renowned in the Twin Cities for his unique, visual approach to the stage and his versatility in multiple art forms. He has worked as puppeteer, writer, performer, designer, and director throughout his career. He has collected many awards including a Ford Fellowship and a Bush Enduring Visions award. Sommers is currently the Artist in Residence at The Open Eye Figure Theatre and an Associate Professor in the newly formed Department of Collaborative Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Registration

$20
To reserve your spot, please purchase your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets .
Or, to make a reservation you can call our office at (612) 874-6338.

There are 20 spots available for this workshop. 
Pre-purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.



June:   The Voice of the Puppet  CANCELED

Saturday, June 7th

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Workshop Description

The voice is one of the most important things an actor can use to bring a puppet to life. There are a thousand different ways to change your voice, from making it high to bringing it low. Make it squeak like a mouse or thunder like an elephant! Accents! Age! Anything you want! Come play and learn how to make your own voice bend and stretch to fit whatever you can imagine! We'll have lots of puppets available to play with but feel free to bring or make your own to use.

Coffee, donuts, materials, and fun all included!

Teacher

Ryan Nelson

Artist Bio

Ryan has been an actor in the Minneapolis area for the last 6 years. He works in voice over, stage, commercials and joined the Open Eye Driveway Tour in The Amazing Cowboat this last summer! Ryan dreams of one day being the next Mel Blanc; famed voice of Bugs Bunny.

Registration

Canceled