Introduction to Soft Sculpture Marionettes
Learn how to transform fabric-body figures into expressive marionettes in this unique hands-on class. Participants will try out a wide variety of professionally crafted marionettes and learn the connections between structure, movement, strings, balance, and controls. Then, starting with a basic bi-pedal figure, we will conduct "puppet surgeries” to craft fabric joints and adapt body structures to achieve desired movements and expressive gestures. We'll also learn strategies for customizing characters with facial features, accessories, and costume elements. Finally, we'll practice the basics of character animation with performance exercises and a marionette obstacle course. A great class for tinkerers of all kinds, from toy collectors to engineers.
For adults and teens 16+. This is an introductory class: no previous experience is required. All materials 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.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Honey Goodenough (Good Hearted Entertainment) is a puppeteer, educator, and children’s party entertainer. In 2017, she became Puppet Showplace Theater's first resident teaching artist after years of experience working with diverse student populations in greater Boston, New York City, Vermont, and Texas. She has also taught a wide variety of professional development courses for educators and aspiring puppeteers at Brooklyn College, the University of Utah, and City College CUNY. Honey is currently the lead teaching artist for "Puppet Lab," Puppet Showplace's after school enrichment program.
Honey is a trained marionette performer and has performed with PuppetWorks (NYC). She toured nationally with the National Marionette Theatre and Frisch Marionettes. She has also produced and performed marionette acts in Puppet Slams across the country. Her soft sculpture marionette show, Sock Monkey Circus toured China in fall 2017 and was part of the National Puppet Slam at the Center for Puppetry Arts. It has appeared at birthday parties and cultural events throughout New England. Honey holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, and a BA in Theater Crafts and Technology from the University of Texas, Austin.