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Sandglass Theater Summer Intensive Puppetry Training

July 30, 2023 - August 12, 2023


Sandglass teaches a method of puppet performance that has been developed over 30 years of workshops around the world. Teachers include Sandglass Founders and master puppeteers, Ines Zeller Bass and Eric Bass, who teach performance, composition classes, and breath development daily. Sandglass Co-Artistic Director, Shoshana Bass, teaches body alignment and ensemble awareness for puppeteers. Jana Zeller, associate artist, mentors puppet building and painting specific to puppet expression.

Classes are scheduled five and a half days per week. They address individual development and collaborative process. Parallel training tracks in performance and composition techniques provide a strong foundation for participants to apply to their own work. Guided improvisations lead to the development of works that stress ensemble creation and touch on directing techniques for puppet theater. Participants will also receive open workshop time for puppet building. Guided creations may be presented to an informal audience.

The objectives of this training program are:

Inspire artists to understand and experience the puppet as a form of ensemble theater.
Learn foundational techniques of giving life to inanimate objects in solo and collaborative manipulation.
Develop compositions that are specific to the medium of puppetry.
Build a dramaturgical understanding of the puppeteer’s relationship to the puppet and its world.

We are offering two scholarships for BIPOC students. If you are interested in one of these scholarships please indicate in your application. Scholarships cover tuition, housing and SGT provided meals; the student is responsible for their travel, personal meals and all other expenses.


July 30, 2023
August 12, 2023
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Sandglass Theater
(802) 387-4051
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Creative Zone
Southern Vermont Zone (Bennington and Windham Counties)