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Puppetry in the Classroom $75.00
Instructor: Honey Goodenough
Sunday July 31, 2:00 – 5:30 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Price: $75 ($60 for Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)
Includes 1 free ticket to see “Word Play.”

Puppetry is a powerful tool for engaging the imagination! This hands-on workshop will give educators a chance to learn how to introduce professional puppetry techniques into preschool and elementary school classrooms. Using readily available craft materials, participants will create puppet characters in different styles that can be adapted to a variety of skill levels and age groups. We’ll learn how to introduce students to shadow puppetry techniques, rod puppet mechanisms, and Muppet-style mouth puppet manipulation. Participants will explore ways that puppetry can be used to enhance story time, encourage dramatic play, and creatively manage behavioral challenges. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Recommended for teachers, art instructors, teaching artists, and caregivers who work with children in preschool through third grade.
Puppetry for Social Change $230.00
Instructor: Ronald Binion
Tuesday August 2, Wednesday August 3, Thursday August 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday August 6, 2:30 -7:30 pm
Cost: $230. Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members save 15%.

Can puppetry change the world? Of course it can! Discover your potential to reach hearts and minds through meaningful, socially impactful puppet theater in this unique hands-on performance intensive. Using table-top puppetry as our primary medium for exploration, students will learn how to generate ideas and translate them into the visual and symbolic language of puppet theater. Drawing on instructor Ronald Binion’s decades of experience leading similar workshops in the developing world, this class will focus on scenes that use puppetry to communicate political, social, or public health messages. Working collaboratively, we’ll cover the essential skills of puppet manipulation, teamwork, scene building, and critique. The workshop will culminate in a final presentation for invited guests. This is a great class for teachers, activists, and anyone wanting to create theater that engages with social issues. All of these skills can be applied to other styles of puppetry or ensemble-devised theater.

This is an intermediate-level class: some previous performing arts experience is recommended. All puppets and materials will be provided by the instructor.
Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble: Session 1 $75.00
Summer Night, All White!
Session 1 of a year-long class with seasonal intensives.
One Overnight Session, Saturday August 20 – Sunday August 21, 9pm to 5am
Instructor: Avital Manor-Peleg
Cost: $75 ($60 members)

Embrace the night and awaken to the possibilities of the white neutral mask. In this all night session, participants will experience the neutral mask as a tool for self-discovery, non-verbal communication, and “being in the moment.” This mask represents the “naked” self, a unique state of being that can facilitate honesty, openness, and true understanding with an audience. Through group exercises and individual etudes, we’ll learn how to navigate a world of infinite possibility on stage with physical precision, honesty, gratitude, and grace.

Sock Puppet Pro! $75.00
Instructor: Jonathan Little, Little's Creatures
Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th, 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Puppet Showplace Theater
Cost: $75 + $15 materials fee, due in cash to the instructor on the first day of class.
$60 + $15 materials fee (Puppets at Night and Enthusiast Members)

Are you ready to make the most awesome sock puppets ever? Then join us for this brand new weekend intensive with Jonathan Little of Little’s Creatures. We’ll learn how to transform simple socks into stunningly awesome characters and bring them to life on stage and screen. Students will learn the fundamentals of mouth puppet construction including how to cut, sew, and glue fabric, how to construct a working mouth, and how to attach eyes, arms, and rods for manipulation. Everyone will go home with their own original puppet!

No previous experience is necessary. This is a great class for teachers, craft artisans, solo performers, or anyone interested in pro-quality puppet construction.
Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble: Session 2 $75.00
Fall Full of Fools!
Session 2 of a year-long class with seasonal intensives
Two Evening Sessions: October 25, 26, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Avital Manor-Peleg
Cost: $75 ($60 members)

In the holiday season known for masks and mischief, we’ll explore the playful and liberating technique of acting with larval masks. These abstract, large masks allow the performer to become aware of their stylized theatrical movements. In scenes and character studies, students will learn the power of non-verbal communication and discover how to portray a range of compelling and comedic characters through movement.
Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble: Session 3 $75.00
Winter of Insight
Session 3 of a year-long class with seasonal intensives
Two Evening Sessions: January 25 & February 1 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: $75 ($60 members)

In the season of hibernation and introspection, each member of the ensemble will design, create, and perform with her own original “Self-specific” mask. This original technique integrates the emotional, physical, cognitive, and visual aspects of identity. Using a self-made mask encourages the actress to be an expressive, independent artist/performer and empowers her unique, dynamic, and diverse identity.
Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble: Session 4 $75.00
Spring Masks in Bloom
Session 4 of a year-long class with seasonal intensives
Two Daytime Sessions, May 13 & 20, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $75 ($60 members)

Explore the living environment as a theatrical stage in this unique space-based performance workshop. Working solo and in small groups, we'll use masks, props, and natural elements to create original and startling pieces of theater. We'll explore the practice, aesthetics, and politics of site-specific performance and gain inspiration from our surroundings, whether that's a rusty staircase, a familiar street, or a flowering tree.