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Puppet Residencies

Puppet Residencies
Week long residencies support specific curriculum goals for any grade. Teachers choose from various topics including shadow puppets, animation on overhead projectors, building and performing with hand puppets, found object puppetry, manipulation techniques, bunraku figures, simple marionettes, toy theatre, mask-making, foam fabrication, and puppets in film. Students collaborate to develop scripts, build puppets, rehearse and perform puppet plays. Examples of subject matter include electricity and magnetism, life cycles, weather, constellations, folktales, mythology, history of flight, and creating our dreams. Students also have created music videos and created puppets and costumes for school musicals. 90-minute workshops include a PowerPoint presentation on the history of puppetry throughout the world, hand puppet manipulation techniques, an introduction to puppets on camera, and creating simple shadow puppets. For more detailed information, visit

Artist Background

Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director, has been a puppeteer and teaching artist for over thirty years specializing in curriculum based performances and residencies. She has worked with Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm, PBS, Ice Capades, NBC, UNC-TV, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Asheville Symphony, Birmingham Children's Theatre and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Red Herring Puppets tours nationally and has performed several times at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. They have received an UNIMA citation of Excellence - the highest honor in American puppetry.

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