I’ll be teaching two puppetry courses online this fall! I’m eager to welcome you into a world of performing objects and visual storytelling!

Movement for Puppeteers:

Wednesdays from 8-9pm Oct 21st-Nov 25th, 2020 $75

This movement course teaches performers how to animate puppets and objects. Students develop a movement skillset different from that of the actor or dancer, specific to the puppeteer.

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Making Magic With Toy Theater:

Sundays from 6-8pm Oct 18th- Nov 22nd, 2020 $150

Create your own performing world in a box! Toy theater explores the possibilities of a world where everything can come to life: characters, scenery, and even the stage itself. In six, 2-hour sessions you will design and devise your own toy theater puppet show. We'll learn tricks and techniques common in toy theater, but also take inspiration from the visual storytelling tools of scenography, comics, and cinema.

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KATE BREHM is an accomplished international puppeteer and movement director certified to teach the Margolis Method of Physical Theater. Her New York based company, imnotlost, has devised original theater and interactive events since 2003. For fifteen years she toured the world as a close associate of MacArthur genius puppeteer, Basil Twist. She taught her semester-long movement for puppeteers course, Performing Puppetry, at Harvard University in 2019. She trained puppeteers on Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as its National Tour and Broadway’s National Tour of Beauty and the Beast. She was associate puppetry director for Edwaard Liang’s, Dorothy and the Prince of Oz at Ballet Met and Basil Twist’s, Hansel and Gretel at Michigan Opera Theater. She is published in the Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance. She is teaching two online courses this fall: Movement for Puppeteers and Making Magic With ToyTheater.

MOVING OBJECTS Manipulating puppets requires an understanding not only of how the puppet moves, but how you the performer move in service to that puppet. I train performers kinesthetic awareness of their own bodies in space and in relation to the puppets and objects outside of them. Find your vertical core, drop your weight and be ready to move in this movement workshop for puppeteers. Working with simple objects we will discover what basic elements can help you transform anything into a puppet.

You'll learn about rhythm, dynamics and breath. You'll learn to use your limbs in partnership with one another as opposed to as one block. You'll partner with yourself, your fellow puppeteers, and the very architecture that surrounds you. This class will make you a more powerful and centered performer onstage, able to direct audience focus to either your puppet or yourself.

This class is for puppeteers or dancers, actors, performers who would like to add puppetry to their skill set. Students must be over 18. Limited to 12 students. Please dress in clothes similar to what you'd wear in a yoga class.

May 2017. photos by Raymond Smith and Jon Meyer