After many years of being asked “How did you make that?”, this workshop explores of some of the interesting building techniques that many puppeteers have yet to discover. Drawing on my 300 years (almost) years of puppet building experience (actually 38 years), I will explain construction tips ranging from multi-function shadow controls to working with materials that you might not have encountered in your puppet & scenery building. I will also demonstrate some of my favorite “unusual” tools, and several favorite “tool tricks” used in puppet construction.
The goal of the session is to increase the working knowledge of puppet & scenery builders by revealing a variety of techniques that they might not have considered or discovered. Information sharing will be a primary focus of the workshop. This workshop is suitable for puppeteers of all skill levels, and is a hands-on lecture/demonstration.
Tom Tucker is co-director of TUCKERS’ TALES PUPPET THEATRE, the Performing division of Puppet Perceptions, Inc., a Philadelphia area performing company founded in 1981. Tom designs and assembles most of the scenery, stages and sets, and many of the puppets for the company. Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre averages more than 200 performances and 10 workshops, and generally adds one new production to their repertoire each year. Tom has been quite active in national and local puppet organizations. A member of The Puppeteers of America, The Greater Philadelphia Area Guild of Puppetry, and UNIMA-USA, he has served in a number of offices. Tom is a past president of both the P of A and the Greater Philadelphia Area Puppet Guild, and has served as both the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. Tom was the director of the 1995 P of A National Festival, and has been a member of the staff of 11 Regional and National Festivals, and 2 Guild Festivals.