Puppet Performance Workshop

Prepared by Ronald Binion March 31, 2019

What can a Puppet Workshop do?

  • Impart puppet performance skills to participants.

  • Increase understanding of the skills required to perform media puppetry.

  • Give people the experience of using puppets to express a character, story, and idea.

  • Define and Redefine the art of puppetry, and spark creativity in terms of the potential of future projects.

  • Expose participants to the tradition and usefulness of the Art of Puppetry.

What are the components of the Puppet Workshop?

  • There are several components required to effectively teach Puppetry Performance:

  • Physical Warm-ups

  • Performance Drills

  • Puppet Manipulation Exercises

  • Scene Building

  • Rehearsal, Presentation, Critique, Refinement


Physical Warm-ups

Puppetry is a physical performance that uses very specific muscles and puts performers into challenging body positions. It is necessary to do warm-ups and stretches to prepare participants for physical exercises.

Performance Drills

These Drills will expose and reinforce participants to the basic performance movements for both the puppet and the puppeteer.

These drills will develop the muscle memory and physical conditioning for a performer to instinctively perform the foundational skills of puppet performance

Puppet Manipulation Exercises

Similar to Performance Drills, these exercise will focus on learning a single aspect of puppet manipulation.

Manipulation Exercises teach participants details of a puppetry such as performing a puppet:

• Standing up straight.

• Using eye focus.

• Using the mouth to Lip-Sync dialogue

• Creating a believable walk

• Using arms and hands for gesture.

• Etc.

Scene Building

Participants will form small groups and generate ideas, and write short scene dialogues.

Importance Because puppetry is a storytelling art form it is important to incorporate the process of creating ideas for stories, creating characters, and writing action and dialogue scripts that puppets can enact.

Rehearsal, Presentation, Critique, Refinement

Participants will continue to work in small groups and use the short scene dialogues to rehearse and generate short puppet scenes.

  • The puppet scenes will be presented to the entire group.

  • The group will assess and give notes that suggest improvements on the scenes.

  • Participants will have a second rehearsal and presentation session to incorporate the notes and make improvements.

Ronald Binion