This workshop will cover various aspects of group tabletop puppetry (multiple performers on a single puppet) as used in many theatrical forms (Czech Black, Bunraku-style, blacklight, etc.), and certain types of chroma-key video puppetry. Performers will gain experience working with others in the basics of creating cohesive, believable character movement.
Participants will work within an ensemble of 2-3 puppeteers per puppet on each of the various roles in tabletop puppetry (head alone, head and/or arm/body, arm(s), legs) and gain knowledge of how to believably balance and move the character as a cohesive, single-minded unit.
What will participants take away from this workshop? If they should perform within an ensemble or direct an ensemble of puppeteers they will have experience in the style. Also, they can apply this knowledge to improve puppetry manipulation technique in various other styles–using ideas of breath, thought, rhythm and movement origin.
Julie Scarborough holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater degree from the University of Florida, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree from the University of Georgia. Her over 20-year professional performance career includes acting, musical theater and puppetry; most notably as the Head Puppeteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to puppetry, where she performed from 1998 to 2012. Currently she is a Puppeteer and Puppet Specialist at Walt Disney World, helping bring to life beloved characters like Gonzo and Fozzie Bear in The Muppets: Great Moments in American History. Additionally, she holds a teaching certificate from the state of Florida in Drama, and has taught drama and directed performances in Orange County Public Schools for 4 years.