The HOW, WHAT, WHERE, AND WHY? of Marionettes

The following activities can be combined to create an experience that is truly unique to your interests.


The basic workshop is about an hour. We usually teach them after the performance so anyone unfamiliar with the art of marionette puppetry can have a better idea of what a marionette is and how is works.  Our  puppeteers will teach you to make, manipulate, and store your new scarf marionette friend. These marionettes include hardwood balls for heads and hands, a 100% cotton bandana,  handmade hand control, hardware, strings and decorations for hair, and faces etc.  If you want to decorate their puppets you are welcome to stay longer. Participants who can not tie knots on their own will need an adult to help them.  Click  here for more information.

MARIONETTE MANIPULATION is a movement workshop using the Theatres professional marionettes

Phillip Huber taught us our first manipulations workshop and it was phenomenal!  We asked (begged) him to let us video tape him explaining the techniques and he agreed!  So we teach out manipulation workshops as close to his vision as possible.  This workshop is best broken into sessions, as it takes a little while for the eye-hand coordination to set in.   2-3 two hour sessions give a good basis of how to manipulated a basic 9-10 string marionette.  After that it is practice, practice, practice! Click here to see some of our workshop with Phillip.

BACK STAGE WALK AND TALK  lecture demonstration

This one hour lecture allows the participants to go backstage to see a puppeteers view of of what goes on behind the scenes.  We explain our stage, lighting and sound systems,  and why we chose them.  The show looks  a lot different from the puppet bridge!


We will take you through character concept to design to sculpture, mold making, wood cutting, sanding, jointing, painting, costuming, and strings in this one hour lecture.  You will be given a list of products we use and where we buy them. Participants will have hands on experience in each step of the process.  We offer this because we had to figure it all out by trial and error until Phillip Huber came to help us.  It was such an incredible process to work with his wealth of experience that we wanted to give back and share as well. Check out our “how to build a show” category to find blog posts on creating the theatre and shows.


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