This workshop will start with a brief background on shadow puppetry, then participants will learn the principles of making shadow puppets with movement based on the methods of Lotte Reiniger, Richard Bradshaw and traditional Balinese puppets. Make your own character or use patterns provided. We will take some time at the end of the class to animate the puppets using a light and a screen to see how they move.
Previous experience with shadow puppets is not required. Tools will be provided but you can bring your favorite cutting tools, a cutting mat, wire cutters and needle nose pliers.
Additional materials fee: $20.00
Wendy Morton has been involved in puppetry since her college days inspired by Lisa Sturz. She worked with Larry Reed on In Xanadu and The Wild Party as lead puppeteer and designer. She has fourteen years of movie and commercial credits with ILM as a puppeteer, set dresser and model maker. Wendy creates magical and expressive theatre productions exploring unusual visual perspectives with shadow puppetry and projections. Coyote Stories toured England in 1994. The Little Dragon was commissioned by Bose audio and went to Germany in 2009 to the International Shadow Theatre Festival. At the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference in CT she participated in a workshop taught by Richard Bradshaw. She also developed two works: Portals performed in NYC at the Here Theater and I Demand to Know that received a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Her stunning interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book with Flock Theatre received an Arlyn citation for outstanding design. The animated short Marylou features Wendy’s silhouette designs and was shown at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. She currently works for Folkmanis Puppets overseeing manufacturing and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.