Introduction to Puppetry Arts

Sarah Nolen workshopping "Egon Schiele" by Lyon Hill Photo Credit: Alex Griffin

Sarah Nolen workshopping "Egon Schiele" by Lyon Hill
Photo Credit: Alex Griffin

Instructor: Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Cost: $150. Register before January 1: $125.
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Why are there so many different puppetry styles? In this NEW introductory class, participants will explore the wide world of puppetry traditions through the lens of dramatic storytelling. We’ll discover why professional puppeteers make certain creative choices, and how different puppet designs and production concepts have wildly different impacts on audiences. After surveying the work of contemporary puppet masters from Jim Henson to Julie Taymor, we’ll investigate how to create our own puppet interpretations of familiar stories. We’ll also learn fun strategies for generating ideas through improvisation, mock-up building, and other active forms of “research.” Everyone will leave with a solid understanding of different puppetry styles and everything you need to start envisioning your own puppet production concepts.

This is an introductory-level class: participants of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Graduates have gone on to take advanced classes, create their own works, or simply have a greater appreciation for this timeless art form. 

Recommended for ages 16+.

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.