Intermediate Level Video Puppet Coaching with Michael Schupbach, March 30th 2024 10am-12pm PDST/MST

Type: Workshop

I truly hope you’ll join us for Intermediate Video Puppet Coaching.  I am super excited to have Michael Schupbach as an instructor at Puppet Pie. He’s one of those extremely talented humans that brings joy & whimsy wherever he goes. Just thinking about hanging out with him virtually brings a smile to my face. 

If you’ve already had some video/monitor/tv/film puppeteering training & you want to brush up on or level up your skills, be sure to join us for this live, virtual coaching session. 

WHAT:  Take your video puppeteering skills to the next level in this lovely 2-hour workshop, led by international puppetry consultant, Michael Schupbach (bio below), with a casual assist from Stacey Gordon. Participants will get to work on their video puppeteering skills, ask questions, get feedback, and have just a stinkin’ good time. Most importantly, Mr. Schupbach will likely remind you why you fell in love with puppetry in the first place. (As if you need reminding!)

Space is limited, so get your ticket as soon as you can!

WHEN: Saturday, March 30th, 2024, from 10am-12pm MST/PDST (Please confer with your favorite robot-computer for your local time zone.)

**A pdf will be emailed to you after checkout, which will contain the zoom link to the workshop from  It should also be available by viewing your order after your purchase. From your receipt email, click "View Order" or "View Order and any available downloads," and be sure to check your spam folder for an email from**

WHERE: Zoom! Which means ANYWHERE!

SKILLS REQUIRED: Holding your arm up for extended periods of time; watching your performance on a monitor as you are working; muting and un-muting yourself when requested; lip sync; speaking in front of a group (Please test your sound and video ahead of the workshop in your zoom settings menu, and see the tech details below.); changing your name in zoom to match the name of the ticket-holder before you enter the zoom link provided the day before. 

WHO IT'S FOR: This workshop is designed for intermediate level video puppeteers (meaning you've already had beginning level puppetry and some video training), ages 15+, who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for puppeteers who would like to improve upon their video performance skills. If you have a child under the age of 15 and is interested in intermediate video puppetry, please reach out and let’s talk about their awesomeness! 


  • A moving-mouth puppet
  • Your camera should be positioned/set up very high (not tilted), so you can puppeteer comfortably while still viewing the zoom screen. 
  • Please see the diagram for more details about your ideal set-up!


Michael Schupbach has designed and built puppets for both children’s television programs and Tony Award-winning theatrical productions. He is a proud alumnus of Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop and a co-founder of The Puppet Kitchen. He currently works as a puppet and animatronic designer for Animax designs.   

Mr. Schupbach constructed and/or performed puppets for stage productions of Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway, Avenue Q, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, Imaginocean, and BRT’s The Little Prince at the New Victory Theater and subsequent national tour.  

His screen credits include The Oogiloves Big Balloon Adventure, The Disney Channel’s Emmy Nominated Johnny and the Sprites and Emmy Award-winning Bear in the Big Blue House, the Disneyland stage show Bear in the Big Blue House Live, Imagine Dragons Radioactive Music Video, The Godwin Groups Vacation Crustaceans Commercial Series, Hyperactive Content’s Fingerlings, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, PBS’ Sesame Street, Noggin’s interactive series Play with Me Sesame, and Universal Studios’ Sesame Street in 4-D. 

Michael has B.A. in Education with a concentration in Children’s Television from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a somewhat less serious degree from The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College.

EXTRA/TECH DETAILS: 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.