Glove Puppet Boot Camp
Back by popular demand! Glove puppetry (also known as hand puppetry) is one of the world’s oldest and most versatile theatrical traditions. From Punch and Judy to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, glove puppets are known for their ability to express an enormous range of character and emotion without ever blinking an eye.
In this fun and rigorous class, participants will learn the fundamentals of glove puppet manipulation from a professional puppeteer. Starting with basic exercises and building towards more complex skills, students will acquire a “movement vocabulary” to express a wide variety of emotion and action. Participants will also gain exposure to Puppet Showplace Theatre’s unique archive of professional glove puppets and will be able to experience working behind a puppet stage.
Whether you're a seasoned performer or just looking for a way to enliven story time, this boot camp will leave your hands ready for action!
Register online or call the Box Office at: 617-731-6400 x101
Registration info: Class registration must be complete the Friday before a class begins and payment must be made in full. Late enrollment is not permitted. We are happy to do our best to accommodate all enrollees; so please communicate any special needs to our staff before registration to be sure that the class is right for you. Payment is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.
About the Instructor:
Brad Shur is thrilled to return to Puppet Showplace Theater, where he served as resident artist for 8 years. Brad is currently a performer, puppet builder and teaching artist based in Poughkeepsie, NY. He began performing as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, contributing regularly to the Blood From a Turnip puppet slam and touring with Providence based performance group Big Nazo.He went on to become a touring performer with Wood and Strings Theatre and Vermont Puppetree before returning to Providence to focus on creating his own work. As a freelance builder, Brad has created a wide variety of puppets, from replica Bunraku figures for a theater academy in Atlanta to larger than life foam and fleece versions of American Idol contestants for a nationally airing Ford commercial. Clients include theaters, musicians, video game companies and Dollywood amusement park.
In 2009, Brad became the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA. During his time here, he wrote, produced, and puppeteered five original shows, remounted several pieces by the theater's Resident Artist Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis, and served as the art director for The Midnight Zoo, an immersive Halloween experience at the Franklin Park Zoo. He has performed all over Boston and around the country including cultural institutions like The Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Children's Museum, The Boston Museum of Science, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Strong Museum of Play and The Springfield Museums. As a teaching artist Brad designed and launched a program of adult education in puppetry, and served as the Puppet Showplace Theater's lead teaching artist in camps, after-school programs, and workshops for all ages.