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Explore Puppet Performance Workshop – Session 1: Puppet Building (Monday, July 18, 3:30 pm-6:30 pm)

July 18 @ 3:30 pm 6:30 pm

Location: RM 208
Sliding Scale: $15-$110
Optional Supply Fee $30 (must register no later than July 13 for kit)

In Puppet Building students will learn how to create a basic hand and “muppet-styled” puppet.  All students will receive patterns in order for them to follow along with the demo in order to make their own hand puppets at home.

An optional supply kit for students to assemble a simple hand puppet & a “muppet-style” mouth puppet will be available for purchase for $30 at registration.  Students requesting kits MUST REGISTER no later than Wed. July 13th in order to receive a Supply Kit.  The kit includes a pre-sewn hand puppet and a pre-sewn head/body, arms, hands, armrods, rubber mouth, eyes, feathers, fur, glue, and more for the “Muppet-style” puppet!  Students with the kit will be able to assemble their puppets during the class.

Three Separate Sessions – Students may register for one, two, or all three sessions in this series of workshops.

Note, those participants interested in Session 3: TV Puppetry should attend Session 2 or must have experience with puppet performance.

Explore the joy of puppet performance with TV puppeteer Lee Armstrong. Puppetry is an art form that allows for vast creativity and this 3-part series focuses on the question “What do you do once you have a puppet on your hand?”  This workshop is ideal for puppeteers, actors, teachers, librarians, youth group leaders and teens interested in art and performance.  You’ll leave this series of workshops with more confidence and skill in your puppet performance!

$60 Sliding Scale Registration

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Lee Armstrong


Lee Armstrong is an Emmy awarding winning TV puppeteer with credits including the classic Jim Henson “Fraggle Rock,” “Follow That Bird” “Being John Malkovich,” “Monkeybone,” PBS shows and numerous TV commercials. She has taught workshops for thousands of people, in schools, libraries, colleges, fire safety groups, national, regional and local Puppet Festivals, and is a Lecturer in the Theater Department at UC Santa Cruz, teaching “The Art of Jim Henson and the Muppets.”  She is co-owner of Sonoma-based Images in Motion Inc., which has created puppets and videos for a variety of clients, including Cartoon Network, METV, Insurmi, Leapfrog Enterprises, USDA Forest Service, University of CA, Sonoma Safety Pals, Kaiser Educational Theater Programs and more.

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