If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to puppeteer moving-mouth puppets like you see on television, or if you’ve wanted to up your TikTok game or even write your own puppetry musical, this is the workshop for you! I really do hope you’ll join us in discovering just how fun and rewarding puppeteering can be. Learn how to bring the inanimate to life, and you don’t even need to be a level 3 wizard for it!
Already know a little? Then join us to not only reinforce the basics, but to also get the practice you need to build confidence in your performances!
WHAT: In this 2-hour puppeteering workshop, you'll get to learn and practice the basics of moving-mouth puppetry from puppeteer, Stacey Gordon. You will be led through skills such as focus, breathing, posture, movement, lip sync, arm rods, and emotion to help make your characters come alive.
This workshop is perfect for beginning and early-to-intermediate puppeteers, librarians, teachers, play therapists, or anyone who just wants to learn new skills and add to their puppeteering toolbox. (If you come in with skills, we'll to expand on those. If you come in with none, you'll get oh so many skills!)
BRING TO THE WORKSHOP: A puppet with a moving mouth & good eye focus, OR a pair of fixed-focus (no wiggle/googly eyes!) practice eyes. We’ll email you a PDF of some paper practice eyes you can make from home the day before, but wehighly recommend using Peepers, which can be purchased here: https://puppetpie.com/collections/all-puppets-1/products/peepers (If you have the knockoff version of peepers, we’ll kindly ask you to leave those aside, since they don’t maintain eye focus. I have no idea why the text is red. I can’t fix it. Gaaaaah. Okay I’m leaving it. It’s fine. This is fine. Everything is fine.)
WHEN: Sunday, December 11th, 2022 from 11am - 1:00pm Mountain Standard Time. Please consult your favorite internet-robot for your local time zone.
WHERE: Zoom! Which means ANYWHERE! (A link will be emailed to you approximately 2 hours prior to the workshop)
WHO: This workshop is designed for ages 18+. One purchase is required for each person in attendance. If you are or have a student younger than 18 who would like to attend, please contact us before you purchase to find out if this workshop would be appropriate.
TASKS REQUIRED: Holding your arm up for extended periods of time; muting and un-muting yourself when requested; opening and closing your hand; speaking in front of a group (Please test your sound and video ahead of the workshop in your zoom settings menu); changing your name in zoom to match the name of the ticket-holder before you click the zoom invite (which you will receive approximately 2 hours prior to the event).
EXTRA DETAILS/TECH SET-UP: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.
You do NOT need to be in the Phoenix area for this workshop, however you DO need a computer/device with a camera and microphone so your instructor can see and hear what you’re doing. You’ll also need a stable internet connection. Headphones are also a good idea (as in, please use headphones, especially if you have a noisy background). You’ll receive an email from Puppet Pie with a zoom invitation/link approximately 2 hours prior to the event. Please check your spam folder and then reach out on our contact page if you haven’t received it 2 hours before the event.
ABOUT THEINSTRUCTOR: Stacey Gordon is the owner of Puppet Pie, with over 25 years of puppeteering experience. Stacey has the honor of performing one of Sesame Street’s friends, Julia, a curious and artistic 4-year-old Muppet with autism. In addition to her work on Sesame Street, she’s proud to have served on the board of directors for the Puppeteers of America and have been chosen as keynote speaker by the Arizona Department of Education. She also teaches puppeteering and puppet building to a neurodiverse audience online, and at libraries & schools around Phoenix, and visits all of those places and more with her puppet ice cream truck.