Creating a Solo Puppet Show

Instructor: David Stephens, All Hands Productions
Date: Thursday August 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $30 ($20 Members)

Have you ever wanted to create your own puppet show, but worried that two hands just weren’t enough? Never fear! In this class, acclaimed puppeteer David Stephens shares strategies for a successful production process, from creative conception to building and performance. Using practical examples from his numerous shows for family audiences, David will demonstrate how to combine creativity with a practical problem-solving mindset. Participants will explore topics such as story adaptation, puppetry style, stage design, and touring technicalities. David will have his own production “The Pied Picker” on site for participants to see these choices in action. There will be time for specific questions about your own creative ambitions and advice for anyone with works-in-progress. All experience levels are welcome, from professional to puppet-curious!

Recommended for adults and teens.

About the Instructor

Instructor Sarah Nolen demonstrates her touring shadow puppet show “Lisa the Wise.”

David Stephens has been creating and performing solo works of puppet theater for over 20 years. Equal parts self-taught, apprentice to puppeteer Terry Snyder and formal training as a Puppet Arts graduate student at the University of Connecticut (2001), Stephens cannot remember a time when puppetry was not part of his life. As a performer, Stephens has toured the United States and Canada presenting one-man puppet shows, which he writes, directs, builds, produces and performs under the auspices of All Hands Productions. Two of his original works, The Reluctant Dragon (2008) and The Pied Picker (2017) have received Family Grants from The Jim Henson Foundation. He has designed and constructed original puppet characters for such clients as The Home Depot, Cartoon Network, and The Center for Puppetry Arts. Stephens was briefly a utility puppeteer on Sesame Street (Season 39), and has worked for The Jim Henson Company as a puppeteer and puppet captain for Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter (2008 & 2009). His work has been recognized by the Puppeteers of America (Best Playwriting for The Reluctant Dragon) and UNIMA-USA (2004 Citation of Excellence for Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff).

Registration info: Class registration must be complete before a class begins and payment must be made in full. Payment is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

Accommodation: Please communicate any special needs to our staff before registration. We are happy to do our best to accommodate all enrollees.

Financial Aid: If the cost of class is prohibitive, please email Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum at to request financial aid.

Register online or call the Box Office at: 617-731-6400 x 101