july, 2021

11jul(jul 11)4:00 pm24(jul 24)7:00 pmSandglass Summer Puppetry Training Intensive4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (24) Sandglass Theater

Event Details

Sandglass is offering both in-person and remote options for participation in our Summer Puppetry Training program this year July 11-24, 2021.

Workshop Mission

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, evokes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as many of the metaphorical possibilities of theater. It is also a remarkable medium for addressing social change and personal transformation.

The objective of this training program is to:
-Inspire artists to understand and experience the puppet as a form of ensemble theater.
-Learn foundational techniques of giving life to inanimate objects in solo and collaborative manipulation.
-Develop compositions that are specific to the medium of puppetry.
-Build a dramaturgical understanding of the puppeteer’s relationship to the puppet and its world.

Sandglass teaches a method of puppet performance developed over 30 years of workshops around the world. Teachers include Sandglass founders and master puppeteers, Ines Zeller Bass and Eric Bass, who teach daily classes on performance technique, composition, and breath development. Sandglass co-artistic director, Shoshana Bass, teaches the necessary body alignment and ensemble awareness for puppeteers. Jana Zeller, associate artist, mentors puppet building and painting specific to puppet expression.

Classes are scheduled for five and a half days per week. They address individual development and collaborative process. The parallel tracks—performance and composition—provide a strong foundation for participants to apply to their own work. Guided improvisations lead to the development of works that stress ensemble creation and touch on directing techniques for puppet theater. Participants will also receive open workshop time for puppet building. Guided creations may be presented to an informal audience.


11 (Sunday) 4:00 pm - 24 (Saturday) 7:00 pm


Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hl

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