Puppet Lab After School Program

A unique, hands-on, after school enrichment program for ages 9-13. 

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Do you love making things the world has never seen? Discovering the hidden qualities of materials? Taking things apart to see how they work? Then we want YOU for Puppet Lab!

Puppet Lab is an after school program for kids age 9-13 with a focus on the materials, engineering, and design side of puppetry arts. Each week we’ll tackle creative challenges in a fun, hands-on, and supportive environment that encourages experimentation. We’ll bravely go beyond simple craft projects to learn advanced tools, techniques, and topics in 3D design. Kids will learn by doing, gain confidence in their abilities, and discover new strategies for solving interdisciplinary problems.

Any questions? Contact Artistic Director Roxie Myhrum at artistic@puppetshowplace.org.  

Puppet Lab Information

2018-2019 Sessions: NOW ENROLLING! 

Painting with Silicone

Classes are Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
The theater is open for drop off / pick up between 3:00 - 3:30 and 5:30 - 6:00 pm. 

Session 1: September 26-October 31
Session 2: November 7 - December 19
(No class November 21)
Session 3: January 9 - February 13
Session 4: February 27 - April 3
(Snow day make-up April 10)
Session 5: April 24 - May 29

Each 6-week session will cover different topics. Register for one or many! 

General: $250 for each 6-week session / $230 for Puppet Showplace Members. 
Need-based financial aid is available. Email boxoffice@puppetshowplace.org to submit a request. 

Puppet Lab classes will be limited to 10 participants. Sign up today to reserve your slot!

Puppet Lab is designed for students in 4th-8th grade (ages 9-13).

Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station Street, Brookline MA 02445.


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Puppet Lab Session 2 - Micro Theaters
November 7 - December 19th (No class November 21st) 
Instructor: Sarah Nolen
Make your own puppet show--in miniature! Creative design meets technical problem solving in this class that takes dioramas to the next level. Students will learn about visual storytelling and storyboarding while practicing painting, puppet jointing, and other mechanical engineering techniques. 

Puppet Lab Session 3 : Patterned Puppets
January 9 - February 13
Instructor: Honey Goodenough
From Muppet-style mouth puppets to the giant beasts of The Lion King, lightweight and versatile foam is a puppeteer's best friend. Learn how to transform paper sketches into patterns and 3D designs as we create creatures with moving mouths and bring them to life. 

Puppet Lab Session 4: Marionettes
February 27 - April 3rd (Snow day make-up April 10th)
Instructor: Honey Goodenough
Marionettes defy gravity with expert design. We'll learn about controls, strings, joints, stops, and other tricks of the trade as we "hack" simple toy patterns and transform them into moving masterpieces. 

Puppet Lab Session 5: Shadow Theater and Special Effects
April 24 - May 29
Instructor: Sarah Nolen
Contemporary shadow theater harnesses cutting edge technology, cinematic storytelling, and a wide variety of light sources to create astonishing visual variety and special effects. We'll experiment with optics and learn techniques for cutting, joining, layering, and cross-fading as we create our own unique shadow scenes. 

About the Instructors

  Photo Credit: Kevin Frisch

Photo Credit: Kevin Frisch

Puppeteer, educator, and children’s entertainer Honey Goodenough has taught puppetry to everyone from preschool students to medical professionals. She was the founding teacher of Puppet Lab, and has been Puppet Showplace Theater's Resident Teaching Artist since 2017. As a teaching artist, she has worked with diverse student populations in greater Boston, New York City, and Texas. She has taught a wide variety of professional development courses for educators and aspiring puppeteers at Puppet Showplace Theater, Brooklyn College, the University of Utah, and City College CUNY. Her company, Good Hearted Entertainment, recently developed "Word Play," a literacy-based puppet show, which currently tours to venues across New England. Her newest show, "Sock Monkey Circus," is an entire marionette circus in miniature. Honey has performed with several nationally-touring puppetry companies, including the Frisch Marionettes and National Marionette Theatre. She holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University and a BA in Theater with a focus in Costume Crafts and Technology from the University of Texas, Austin. She has also studied puppetry at the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference.

Teacher Sarah Nolen Sculpting Puppet Face

Resident Artist Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker originally from Austin, Texas. As Puppet Showplace Theater’s resident artist, she performs regularly for youth and family audiences and teaches puppetry in camps, workshops, residencies, and evening adult classes. Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University, and an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has created dozens of short “slam”-style performances, appearing in the National Puppet Slam, at the Puppets in Paradise Festival, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Sarah has toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade and has performed as principal puppeteer for the immersive multi-media show Pip's Island in NYC. In Boston, she has worked closely with the Boston Pops Orchestra, serving as a designer/builder of the Arthur Fiedler puppet for "Puppets Take the Pops." Sarah has worked as a production coordinator for Puppet Heap in Hoboken, New Jersey, and most recently as a builder for the kinetic creation studio AchesonWalsh Studios. In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker with credits that range from reality shows and commercial broadcast TV to Indie features and web ads. In 2015, she received the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship in support of her television pilot Treeples, which has screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at film festivals across the U.S.

Puppet Lab is supported in part by an Aurand Harris Grant from the Children's Theater Foundation of America.