This workshop presents an approach to puppetry that requires divergent thinking, group skills, problem solving, analysis of poetry and dramatic expression. Using simple materials, participants will construct a fantastic puppet which is manipulated by three or more people. The figures come alive to recreate characters from Lewis Carroll’s poem, Jabberwocky.
This project is based on George Latshaw’s book, Puppetry the Ultimate Disguise. I have used this strategy with young students, teachers, graduate students and puppeteers. It is effective because it contains so many aspects of the art of puppetry and its power in education.
Judith O’Hare is an award-winning puppeteer, teaching artists and educator. Her work is recognized nationally and Internationally. She received the Marjorie Batchelder Award for Puppetry in Education from the Puppeteers of America (PofA), and an award from the Art Council of Reading, MA, for “Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Life of the Community”. She has done teacher training in Nairobi, Kenya, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Calgary, Canada, as well at local universities. She currently teaches puppetry in an inner-city school enrichment program, performing with table top Toy Theaters and Pop-Up Books, bringing her unique style of pop-up scenery and storytelling to an old art form.
She is the Education Consultant for the Puppeteers of America and annually facilitates the Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist ( PDTAT), a full day of workshops for puppeteers and educators who use puppetry in educational and therapeutic settings.
To read more about her work, go to: www.youandmepuppets.com