Here's the place to find replacement
lecture notes from some of Amy's recent workshops. Classes featured at
the International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism (I-Fest)
2006 are marked "IF06".
Manipulation & Choreography - This is a combination
class developed for the Portland Festival. Grab a puppet and get ready
to experience a real "nuts and bolts" class where we'll break
down puppet movements and dance steps that are beyond the basics!
- Here's a list of drama improv games that I
have used in various classes and with my own puppet teams.
Your Puppeteers Master Movement - We
all know the basics of puppetry. But how can we help our puppeteers
move beyond the basics? This class—for puppet team directors—will
identify three important aspects of developing good movement skills.
- Is There
A Message to Your Madness? - What
is your purpose in ministry? Do you exist to entertain or to teach?
Too many puppet teams get so caught up in the methods, the neat puppets
and cool special effects, that they neglect the most important part
of any presentation, the message. In this class, we will discuss ways
to evaluate message clarity, techniques for refocusing attention &
effective methods for implementing special effects to underscore your
- It's All
in the Wrist: Nuances of Puppet Head Movement - Get
ready to go way beyond lip synch and eye contact. Your puppet’s
head movement—from positioning to forming words—can make
your character lifelike or kill the puppet’s believability. Play
along to learn performance secrets that the professionals use and practice
tools to develop these new skills.
There Be (Black) Light - Black
light puppetry is becoming more and more popular. Learn what it takes
to have a successful black light performance and how to avoid common
Play: Learning Puppetry Improv - Loosening
up and playing is such an important part of getting to know your puppet
and being free to flow. This class is for advanced puppeteers with a
good handle on the basics. We'll explore exercises and games to work
on character development, drama basics, and live performance skills.
Puppeteers should bring their favorite rod-arm or human-arm puppet and
a sense of humor as we'll all be learning to open up and play our way
to better improv skills.
Puppet Movement - Good puppet movement
includes so much more than just choreography and proper ups and downs.
Puppeteers, come learn how to make your puppet really seem alive! We'll
discover techniques of mastering movement through observation and imitation.
Puppet Movement Part 1: It's All In Your Head
Mastering Puppet Movement Part 2: Making It Happen
- Good puppet movement includes so much more than just choreography
and proper ups and downs. Puppeteers, come learn how to make your puppet
really seem alive! In this two-part class, we'll discover techniques
of mastering movement through observation and imitation. Bring a puppet
and be ready to play along as we explore practical helps and creative
ideas to help you develop your skills through class time instruction
and play time fun.
Is An Island: The Art of Interaction - Appropriate puppet
actions and reactions are extremely important to the believability of
your puppet character and overall performance. Play along as we explore
ways to interact with (and react to) what is happening around us in
Choreography - It's a unique puppet
with a performance style all its own. Learn the basics of handling and
manipulation, get performance tips, and explore simple and complex moves
from the designer of this wacky little guy.
for Creative Ministry - So, you think your puppet team
should have a web site but you don’t know where to start. Or maybe
you have a site already but you’d like to liven it up a bit. This
class will provide some basic information about how to plan and build
a ministry site, and suggest tools to better manage, expand, and promote
With Video Monitors - Unlike traditional
stage performance, video puppetry provides the performer with immediate
knowledge of exactly what the audience will see. But working with monitors
is a skill that takes time to acquire. Whether you’re looking
at television puppetry, webcast performance, or simply recording clips
to use in children’s church, you’re going to need to know
how to use monitors. We’ll try new things, unleash possibilities,
explore limitations, and discover the benefits of developing new skills.