Make Your Own Hand-and-Rod Puppet!
Date: Sunday, July 23
Time: 1 to 3pm
Join instructor and puppet-maker Tara McDonough to build your very own simple hand-and-rod puppet. Basic construction will be completed during the workshop, with finishing touches completed at home.
Basic machine-sewing skills are a plus, but not required. All construction materials will be provided; feel free to bring specific costume pieces (Build-a-Bear or infant 0-3mos work best), accessories, yarn for hair if desired. If you have your own portable sewing machine, please bring it (otherwise, we’ll share!).
Improvising with Puppets
Sunday, July 30
1 to 3pm
No previous improv or puppetry experience required
Puppets are friendly and cute – not to mention great characters in an improv scene. In this class, you’ll get a crash course in puppetry, then turn right around and apply what you’ve learned to games and scenes with your new puppet friends!
BONUS: Make your own puppet to use in the class, then take it home and love it forever! Sunday, July 23 from 1 to 3pm
Tara has been teaching, performing, and otherwise thinking about improv for over 20 years — which sometimes feels like a very long time, and sometimes feels like no time at all. She is a former Artistic Director of Seacoast New Hampshire’s Stranger Than Fiction, co-founder of The Improvised Puppet Project in Portland Maine and San Francisco’s Un-Scripted Theater Company, has trained with Keith Johnstone and teachers at BATS Improv, UCB, Magnet Theater, and ImprovBoston, and has performed on stages from Ireland to California. She has taught improv to clowns, shy people, public defenders, and everyone in between.
Quite the Character Workshop
Quite the Character Workshop – In improv, we are continuously asked to play all types of people. Characters might have different ages than our own, different genders, bodies, accents, statuses, personalities. Ask yourself, are you truly creating dynamic and realistic characters? Does the 12 year old boy scout you were just endowed as look and sound a lot like you? How about your cantankerous Belgian grandmother? If you want to expand your character versatility and learn how to realize the full potential of using your body and voice to create unique and memorable characters on stage, this class is for you! Good character work will liberate your improv. If you can play anyone, you can play anything.
Instructor Bio – Jacqueline Martell has been doing improv professionally with Stranger Than Fiction Improv & Comedy for the past 10 years. Before that, Jacqueline was classically trained in music, musical theatre, Shakespeare, and acting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. While in California, she also completed extensive training at the Voice One Academy for voice over artists. A master of accents and body language, Jacqueline could likely work for the CIA, but she prefers comedy to counterintelligence. She is a firm believer that character work is not only fun and challenging, but it takes us deeper into our imagination and ultimately strengthens our empathy for our fellow human beings.