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Explore Puppetry Series

Presented By Michael Latini, Puppeteer/Puppet Builder, Co-Owner of Monkey Boys Productions (Hatfield, PA), Betsy Falk, Puppeteer/Puppet Builder/Teacher, Production Manager of Monkey Boys Productions (Hatfield, PA)

Join the Emmy-nominated puppet artist, Michael Latini (one of the founders of Monkey Boys Productions, who has worked with Helpsters, Little Shop of Horrors, Saturday Night Live, Sea World, and much more) in this interactive, hands-on lecture/demonstration/Q&A session that gives insight into the design, building, and performance process. From mechanisms to materials, monitors to movement, this fun session will cover the basics of puppetry in its many styles! Worlds of Puppetry Museum and Special Exhibition admission is included. 

LEVEL: All Skill Sets

AGE: Recommended for 10+

Meet the Presenters!

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Co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions
Michael Latini
Michael Latini is an Emmy-nominated designer, puppeteer, fabricator, and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions who has always played with and taken apart toys. Around the age of 12, he started performing in school shows, doodling during class, and working with his carpenter father. These passions, along with his love of the amazing practical effects films of the 80s & 90s, led him to the puppetry industry after getting his degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from @tyler_artandarchitecture. His puppetry career began as “Bear” in the Bear in the Big Blue House Live national tour in 2001. Since then, he’s been lucky to work with many shows and productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Johnny & the Sprites, Sesame Street, Walking with Dinosaurs LIVE, How to Train Your Dragon LIVE, The Muppets, Helpsters, & Saturday Night Live.
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Production Manager at Monkey Boys Production
Betsy Falk
Betsy Falk holds a BA in theatre from DeSales University and a MS in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. In the past, she has worked as the Wardrobe Supervisor for Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), Costume Shop Supervisor for the Weathervane Theater (Whitefield, NH), and a Director/Costume Designer/General Manager for On Stage & Off, Inc. (Lansdale, PA). She is an experienced seamstress who finds her sanity in making things, so she spends her free time sewing, painting, knitting, baking, and making art with her two sons.

Monkey Boys Productions

Monkey Boys Productions has become the leading studio for creating puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage. Their Emmy-nominated work has been featured on Broadway, Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and more.

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