Puppet 101: Learn the Basics!

Introduction to Puppetry Arts

Instructor: Brad Shur, Resident Artist 

September 23rd, 30th, October 7th, 14th

Cost: $125

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What makes a great puppet show? How many different kinds of puppetry exist in the world?Just how, exactly, do all of the great puppeteers create their fantastic works? If you've ever found yourself asking yourself these questions, or ones like them, Intro to Puppetry Arts is for you!

About this class: If you have ever wanted to lean about puppets, this class is the best way to start! In this hand on class, participants will study the materials and performance methods used by professional puppeteers, as well as construct their own puppets and learn basic performance techniques. This is an introductory-level class: participants of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Participants have gone on to take advanced classes, create their own works, or simply have a greater appreciation for this timeless art form.


About the Instructor: Brad Shur is a versatile puppeteer who has created and performed characters made of everything from pixels to paper mache. As the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theater he performs regularly and teaches puppetry classes to students of all ages, Pre-K to adult. As protégé of master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis, Shur trained extensively in glove puppetry and currently performs two of Davis’ classic shows at venues across New England. "Dr. Doohickey" was Shur's first full-length puppet show. His other original works include "The Carrot Salesman," "Robin Hood," "The Yankee Peddler: Stories and Songs from Old New England" and "The Magic Soup and Other Stories," featured at the Puppeteers of America National Festival 2013. Prior to becoming the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace, Shur toured the country as a performer with Big Nazo (Rhode Island), Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and The PuppeTree (Vermont). As a builder Shur has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, Avenue Q, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.