Suitable for beginner to advanced puppet builders, this lecture demonstration will take you through many of the processes used to make a foam-based puppet. Materials will be discussed and each participant will be provided a materials list and a baggie of samples for future reference. Comfort, ease of movement, durability, as well as cutting, gluing and sewing will be covered. Mainly, multiple ways of accomplishing the same thing will provide the participant with options and the understanding that there is more than one good way to make a great puppet!
Anecdotes shared from Mary’s professional experience make it fun and are aimed to encourage the participants to have courage and avoid some of her mistakes!
Materials fee: $15.00 (for invaluable handouts and samples)
Mary Hildebrand Nagler is a seasoned professional puppeteer, specializing in the building of foam- based puppets. Her broad spectrum experience, highly refined skill set, strong work ethic, ability to collaborate and sense of play, has distinguished her in the field. Nagler holds an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut and has enjoyed a varied career which includes work in Film, Video, live performance, workshops and teaching at the college level. She has worked for some of the premiere shops in the country, including: Puppet Heap, Rick Lyon Studios, Furry Puppet Co., and Images in Motion, to name a few.
Whorls of Wonder Puppet Theater is her latest endeavor. The company is dedicated to teaching complex ecological issues in an entertaining way. Currently, the company is working on staging Terran’s Aquarium, a show about the encroaching fresh water crisis in the world. Join us on the adventure by visiting our website and subscribing so we can keep you informed of our progress and invite you to our debut performance!