NEW! Puppet Improv Lab

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Instructor: Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

FOUR SESSIONS: October 18 - November 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm


Cure stage fright, smash writer's block, and get out of your head and into your hands with this NEW puppet improv class taught by veteran improviser and puppeteer Sarah Nolen. Fun, participatory group games, spontaneous story-telling exercises, and a crash course in puppet manipulation will get you moving and creating right away. Together, we'll acquire skills and learn idea-generating strategies for our ultimate mission: to create stellar, long-format scenes and zany solo performances with zero scripting or prior preparation. Along the way, we'll discover the outrageous possibilities of puppet and object theater, find new ways to generate and access characters, practice listening and collaborating with scene partners, and increase our overall bravery and self-confidence. A great class for puppetry fans, improvisers, and anyone looking to jumpstart their creativity.

Recommended for adults and teens. All experience levels welcome. Puppets will be provided by the instructor.

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.



Sarah Nolen became Puppet Showplace Theater's resident artist in September 2017. Known for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, Sarah most recently worked as a builder for AchesonWalsh Studios and performer for the immersive show Pip's Island in New York City. She has also toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade, and her solo works have been featured at puppet slams across the US.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University in 2009, and MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Sarah has performed as a puppeteer for the Boston Pops Orchestra, EnvisionFEST Hartford, Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin. In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker and comedy improv performer, with a fan base that stretches from the Dallas Comedy House in Texas to the wilds of Storrs, CT.