Festival Workshops
Characterization Through Improvisation Debbie Lutzky Allen, Parasol Puppets
Through a series of improvisations using “anything puppets” (provided by the workshop leader),  workshop participants will gain insights into developing puppet character through movement, voice, mood and interaction. Pick up a puppet and explore!  All levels.  25 participants.
From Pecos Bill to Phonics Pals: Puppets in the Classroom   Liz Freeman, Freeman Friends Puppet Theatre
This workshop will teach participants how to weave literature and puppetry to support literacy in the classroom setting. Research has suggested that both decoding and overall comprehension skills can be improved through drama and art. Workshop participants will be shown a number of projects and  techniques that have been successful, not only for regular education students, but also for those who are bilingual and have special needs. Ideas are those that go beyond simple sock puppets and can be implemented easily by teachers during the school year and those who have short-term residencies in schools.  Targeted toward educators & teaching artists.  30 participants.
Secrets of Quadruped Characters Kevin Pittman and his Forest Friends
Learn the secrets behind the design, creation, and performance of life-size costume puppet characters that walk on four legs!  We'll look at different types of quad designs, including both one-person and two-person designs, stilt-based and non-stilt based designs, and we'll learn the pros and cons of each design. We'll learn basic walking movements for one-person designs,
look at ways to best utilize all four legs of a quad character, and also how to manage your strength and energy so that you can survive in a quad suit for more than five minutes.   
Intermediate-Advanced, ages 16+.  25 participants.
Found Object Performance  Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy
This workshop will focus on manipulation and characterization of found objects as puppets. Discussion will also include design choices and different styles, i.e. pure object,constructed figure, and Zaloom-style prop work. Hands-on participation will conclude the workshop.  All levels. 30 participants.
Forming a Non-Profit & the First 5 Years of Business  Ann Legunn, The Puppet Tree
 Toy Theatre (double session) Judith O'Hare, You and Me Puppets

Developing Your Show with a Storyboard (double session) Bill Lorenzen, Professor of Theatre Design, University of South Florida
A storyboard is a simple scene-by- scene sketch of the main events in your show. Anyone who wants to tell the story can do it (even if you think you "can't draw"). This workshop includes proportional drawing of basic stick figures, or more advanced work if desired; discussions of practical matters such as deciding on scenic pieces and the ability to change them; color schemes for character identification; the best style of puppet to carry out your action, etc. Time-permitting, students will participate in and exercise in developing a script and characterization through improvisation, based on their storyboards.  Intermediate-Advanced.  $2 fee.
Puppet Masters  Steve Abrahms 
Who were the puppeteers of the past who shaped puppetry today? Steve Abrams, North American Editor of the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts, offers a historical perspective using slides and DVDs.  All Levels.

Beyond Paper Mache - Intro to Advanced Puppet Making Materials  Paul Spirito, Puppet Arts Tech Supervisor, UCONN
Paper Mache has served puppeteers for centuries and is still relevant. However, there is a world of new and hi-tech materials to pick and choose from out there. As Puppet Arts Technical Supervisor at the University of Connecticut, I have been able to explore many new materials and create a data base of materials and vendors. Come to my workshop to learn about quick silicone molds and casting, thermoplastics, ethafoam, glues and more!  All materials shown are safe to use in your home shop.  You'll get info, see demos, and test samples. 
Intermediate level. 20 participants.
Processional/Parade Puppets! Martha Enzmann, Elkland Art Center
Workshop participants will work together as a group to assemble several large parade puppet-creature items.  Martha, mastermind of many community parades, will present a general plan and supplies with the hopes that the puppeteers will add their years of experience and advice to create even more spectacular stupendous stunning parade puppets! After we use our new creations in the Saturday parade, Martha will take the parade creations back to Elkland Art Center in Todd, NC to reuse in community parades throughout the region.  You may see them again!  
Cardboard, paint, sticks, etc. will be available for those wishing to work solo to make a quick parade item of their very own.  Martha will also bring extra parade paraphernalia for those not able to participate in the workshop, but able to walk in the Saturday parade.  Come join us in the fun - part of the day or all day.  The workshop is running all three sessions, you can enter at any time-all ages welcome! 

Turn Out That Light! (double session) Kat Pleviak & Mary Kate Rix, Sea Beast Puppet Company 
We will explore a variety of different light sources and types of light to see what effects they have on the image produced by a shadow puppet. Participants will have the opportunity to make a shadow puppet and use it with the various light sources. Intermediate level. 20 participants, $10 material fee. 

Puppet Stages You Can Make Frank Byrne

Building Professional Quality Shadow Puppets Hobey Ford, Golden Rod Puppets
A demonstrational workshop for designing and constructing professional quality plastic mechanized shadow puppets, as featured in Hobey Ford's award winning "Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales."  Intermediate/Advanced level.  30 participants. 

UNIMA Symposium Unima  
The Intercultural Puppet
Topic: The panel addresses the challenges of performing in cross-cultural or intercultural contexts (performing in  other countries, hosting foreign performers in the US, creating intercultural or bilingual productions), where considerations of language and other country/culture-related idiosyncracies/norms necessitate rethinking a production or are involved in conceptualizing a production. Is it possible to create "pure" puppetry that reaches across such divides? And if so what is "pure" puppetry? If not, what kinds of bridges, accommodations, collaborations, exchanges etc… have performers used in these cases? How successful have they been?
Moderator: Claudia Orenstein
Confirmed Panel Participants: Kathy Foley, Manuel Moran, Stephen Kaplin, Irina Niculescu, John Bell, Kimi Maeda

Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist  this workshop is an addition for both registrants and non-registrants.

Workshop Schedule
Block 1 8:30-9:45 Block 2 9:55-11:10
Lunch &
Block 3 2:40-3:55
11:30-12:15 Performances
12:15 Lunch
Characterization through

Puppet Masters

Found Object
Developing Story Through
Storyboard (part 1)
Developing Story Through
Storyboard (part 2)
Pecos Bill to Phonics
Toy Theatre (part 1)
Toy Theatre (part 2)
Secrets of Quadrupeds
Puppet Stages You Can Make
(part 1)

Puppet Stages You Can Make
(part 2)
Unima Symposium
Turn Out That Light!
(part 1)
Turn Out That Light! (part 2)

Should you start a non-profit?
Beyond Papier Mache
Building Professional
Shadow Puppets