NEW! Micro-Theater Production Lab


Instructor: Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

April 24 - May 29 | 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $200. Register by April 1: $175
Members save 15%

Make your own peep-hole puppet show! 

In this new production lab, participants will create a two-minute puppet show viewable by one audience member at a time. We'll explore the process of crafting stories for this unique theatrical setting focusing on sensory details, comedic opportunities, and the element of visual surprise. We'll look at early "peep boxes" that play with the illusion of depth perception, as well as more modern examples with intricate character design. We'll also cover basic sound editing and lighting techniques. Everyone will walk away with a tiny, totable world that can be performed in the most unlikely places.

All levels and abilities are welcome. A great interdisciplinary class for visual artists, storytellers, teachers, street performers, and anyone looking to bring a little imagination to somewhere in need!

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.