Experience joy in creating and animating stories and characters through improvisation, theatre and…PUPPETRY! Find freedom in experimentation, exploration and discovery of the surprising possibilities of puppetry and performance. Magic happens when you have a form to animate with a story to tell! Theatre educator and actor/director, Joan Lazarus, and playwright and puppeteer/artist, Diane Allison (Miriam), team up to for this intriguing class. You'll be making life-size puppets of Styrofoam, foam-core, clothing, yarn and anything wandering around in the junk drawer. Your characters will come to life and share their stories that may be compelling, humorous, touching or wildly fanciful. Delight in unleashing your imagination and discovering all the places your creations will take you. To infinity and beyond! (maybe, even…)
Meet your Instructor
Joan Lazarus is a teacher, artist, researcher/writer who actively engages others through theatre and improvisation. She evolved her acting, directing and
teaching practices as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Texas at Austin and as an artist-in-residence throughout
the country. Joan studied with Paul Sills, a co-founder of Second City (Chicago) and is a member of Actors Equity. She has served as President of the
American Alliance for Theatre and Education, which honored her with the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book, Signs of Change: New Directions
in Theatre Education focuses on the power of theatre practices that are learner and performer-centered, comprehensive and socially responsible. In
addition to teaching, her current artistic endeavors include creating jewelry.
Diane Worfolk Allison
Diane Allison’s one-act, one-puppet drama, Miriam, has played in venues across the country, including the New York City Fringe Festival. She is largely a self-taught puppeteer, inventing her own mechanisms for expressive animation, and she has taken master classes in NYC with a Sesame Street Muppeteer. Her performance won commendation in a Boston puppet-slam with world-renowned puppeteers.