Marionette Manipulation

Instructor: Peter Schaefer,
Tanglewood Marionettes

One session:
Monday February 20 Presidents Day
3-4:30pm
Cost: $30 ($20 members)*

*Workshop registration includes one free admission to "Hansel and Gretel."

Practice the art of marionette manipulation with a master puppeteer! Tanglewood’s Peter Schaefer will reveal the basic construction and stringing techniques used to build marionettes, then will guide participants through the essentials of marionette manipulation. The class will begin with simple manipulation, such as turning the puppet's head or raising its hand, then progress to compound movements, such as sitting or walking. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging participants to carefully observe real-world movement, gesture, and human behavior. The workshop will culminate in applying the movement techniques learned to express a character's emotions. All participants will be provided with professional-quality puppets for the duration of the workshop. Marionettes will be short-strung to allow participants to work them at floor-level.

This all-ages class is suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration includes a free ticket to see "Hansel and Gretel."

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.


Founded in 1993 by Peter and Anne Schaefer, TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES is a nationally touring marionette company whose unique productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country. With seven shows currently in their repertoire, the company performs year-round at venues ranging from school assemblies to renowned cultural institutions.

Performer Peter Schaefer was born into a Boston-area family of puppeteers and has visited Puppet Showplace since he was a child. After apprenticing with the Bennington Puppets, Peter launched his own company, “Mountain Marionettes,” before joining with Anne Schaefer and fellow Bennington puppeteer Stephen Hancock to form Tanglewood Marionettes.

The company has received two UNIMA awards, puppetry's highest honor, for their productions An Arabian Adventure and The Dragon King.

Tanglewood Marionettes believes above all that a performance is a communal experience, with connections established not only with the performers, but also between members of the audience themselves as they laugh together, gasp together, and cheer together when the good guys prevail!