Pop-Up Puppets are a simple yet incredibly versatile form of puppetry. Made from tongue depressors and other basic materials, they can be used by teachers, librarians and children, but their possibilities for small professional productions is amazing. Participants will construct a basic Pop-Up Puppet design, have the opportunity to study various advanced applications, discuss performance and staging possibilities, as well as techniques for educators and therapists.
Materials fee: $3.00 (for those who wish to build a puppet). Kits and pattern sheets will also be available for purchase.
Rob D’Arc (firstname.lastname@example.org) began his career as a puppet builder and performer in 1980 as an apprentice with the French puppet family Jouglet (Les Marmouset). He subsequently became a walking puppet stage at Knott’s Berry Farm, Court Magician at Medieval Times, a Puppet Boothie and Mainstage performer at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Ernie the Keebler Elf (and his Mom) on a National mall show tour, and founded his own theater Kidstuff (1987-1996)in Riverside, CA, where he built and performed 30 original productions. In his career, Rob has built giant parade puppets, several sets of Little Shop puppets, produced two stage productions of The Hobbit, created marionettes for Seattle Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann, taught workshops at three National PoA Festivals, and is currently in his fifteenth year selling Pop-Up Puppets at his booth in the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, where he currently resides in a live/work Market studio with a view of Eliot Bay.