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Onsite & Outreach Workshops

The Center for Puppetry Arts offers a variety of workshops and residencies to allow learners of all ages (preschool through adult) and all experience levels (from beginner to professional) to explore and enjoy the art of puppetry. Workshops can be customized to your needs and can be offered at your site or at the Center! Workshops for school-age children support educational standards and enhance classroom learning.

Contact the Education Department at education@puppet.org for more information and to schedule your workshop or residency experience. Please note: our workshop/residency calendar fills quickly!  To best accommodate your needs, please request experiences at least 4 weeks in advance and have multiple date(s) in mind!



Onsite & Outreach Workshops 
Artist-in-Residence Experience
Discovering Puppetry in Other Cultures: An International Puppet 
Presentation


Preschool Puppetry Playshop
Puppet-and-Team Building Workshop
Puppet Factory
Puppet Invention Workshop
Puppet Manipulation 101
Puppetry as Theatre Art 



Artist-in-Residence Experience

Artist-in-Residence Experience
Photo © Center for Puppetry Arts

Welcome a professional Puppeteer/Teaching Artist to your school for an in-depth puppetry immersion experience! Residencies can be tailored to suit your needs/class schedules, and can include an introductory performance/presentation, a mini-Museum, and classroom break-out sessions (on scriptwriting and literature, theatre games for puppetry, puppet design, puppet building, puppet performance, puppet history, puppets in world culture, and more).

Fee: Varies by experience: range $600 - $3,000. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem/lodging rates apply.



Discovering Puppetry in Other Cultures: 
An International Puppet Presentation


Discovering Puppetry in Other Cultures:  An International Puppet Presentation
Photo © Center for Puppetry Arts

Watch puppets come to life during this entertaining and educational hands-on presentation! Learn about different puppet traditions from around the world as you explore the rich culture of puppetry. Celebrate the intersection of geography, history, social studies, and the arts! Plenty of opportunities for participation and play.

Fee: $250. Duration: Up to 90 minutes. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and
per diem /lodging rates apply.



Preschool Puppetry Playshop

Preschool Puppetry Playshop
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Preschool Puppetry Workshops are offered for children ages two to four. These workshops enhance motor skills, increase language and social skills, and develop self-confidence.  Programs feature reading activities, songs, fingerplays and puppet-making.  These high-energy, engaging experiences support early childhood literacy by bringing to life one of three terrific books for early readers, and celebrate creativity and the arts in developmentally-appropriate ways.

Choose from the following titles: 

Nursery Rhyme Time! (inspired by Mother Goose)
Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton (illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
A Cat and a Dog by Claire Masurel and Bob Kolar 



Fee: $150; up to 25 students. Duration: 1 hour. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem /lodging rates apply.


Puppet Factory

Puppet Factory
Photo © Center for Puppetry Arts

This puppet-making activity is perfect for festivals and promotional events. In assembly-line fashion, participants build and decorate their very own puppet to take home. We provide one instructor and all puppet parts and decorations. Your organization provides tables, chairs, and adult volunteers. Choose from one of our unique puppet designs, or let us create a custom-made puppet for you!

Fee: $170 per hour, two-hour minimum. Yields about 60 puppets per hour - at your location ONLY, groups ONLY. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem /lodging rates apply.



Puppet Invention Workshop

Puppet Invention Workshop
Photo © Center for Puppetry Arts

Explore different puppetry styles, celebrate the history of the art of puppetry, create an exciting puppet of your own, and then bring that puppet to life by learning basic puppet manipulation! This workshop can be tailored to any group/classroom theme and can be adjusted to fit any schedule (one-hour or two-hour sessions suggested).

Fee: Varies by design and number of participants. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem /lodging rates apply.


Puppet Manipulation 101

Puppet Manipulation 101
Photo by Joe Boris

Learn behind-the-scenes techniques to bring your puppets to life! Perfect for school groups, church groups, community groups — any group interested in the finer points of puppet manipulation! We’ll provide a limited number of practice puppets to be used during the session, but having your own puppets (one per participant) is suggested.

Fee: $150; up to 25 students. Duration: 1 hour. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem /lodging rates apply.



Puppetry as Theatre Art

Puppetry as Theatre Art
Photo © Center for Puppetry Arts

Celebrate the magical intersection of puppetry and theatre! Puppets have been used to tell stories since theatre began, and can be found in performance from stage to screen and everywhere in between. Puppetry celebrates all aspects of the theatre arts and is a “must-have” skill on every theatrical resume. Learn about puppets from all over the world, dive into fun actor-to-puppeteer exercises that celebrate the power of teamwork and ensemble, and have a blast in a puppet skills boot camp! 

Fee: $150; up to 25 students. Duration: 1 hour. Mileage rates apply if at your location. Outside Metro Atlanta, travel and per diem /lodging rates apply.