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Jul 30

Summer Intensive Training in Puppetry

July 30 @ 5:00 PM - August 12 @ 5:00 PM

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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 that has been developed over 30 years of workshops around the world. Teachers include Sandglass Founders and master puppeteers, Ines Zeller Bass and Eric Bass, who teach performance, composition classes, and breath development daily. Sandglass Co-Artistic Director, Shoshana Bass, teaches body alignment and ensemble awareness for puppeteers. Jana Zeller, associate artist, mentors puppet building and painting specific to puppet expression.

Classes are scheduled five and a half days per week. They address individual development and collaborative process. Parallel training tracks in performance and composition techniques 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.



July 30 @ 5:00 PM
August 12 @ 5:00 PM


Sandglass Theater
17 Kimball Hl
Putney, VT 05346 US
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Sandglass Theater
(802) 387-4051