16 - 18+ yrs
Sat, May 29, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021
3:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Producing a puppet show can quickly become overwhelming and sometimes seem impossible. So, what do we do when things are hard? We practice! That is why I have developed this class to help guide you through the entire process of production development from the first kernel of an idea to performing your piece for an audience.
Over 6 weeks each participant will conceive, design, build, rehearse and perform a 1-5 minute puppet show of their own creation. Together we will support each other in honing our individual skills of resource assessment, time management, and creative problem solving. Sound fancy and professional? It is. These are the core skills we all need to develop to be successful in the arts. The current pandemic is forcing us to learn to share our art in new ways with new technology. This class will help you create something made specifically to be performed live over the internet. At the end of this class resources will be provided as to where you can find other opportunities to perform your work beyond the class.
This class is ideal for student’s high school ages and up. While puppetry experience is not specifically required, we will not be teaching specific building or performance techniques. Students are expected to have a base knowledge of how to build and perform in at least one form of puppetry or have enough bravery to dive in head first. Did I hear one of you say “finger puppet opera?" Heck yeah! If you are unsure about your experience level, send us a message. We would be glad to help you figure out if this class is right for you.
Materials: You will need materials to build your show but it does not need to be expensive.
If there are multiple members of your household taking this class register together to receive a 30% discount for each additional person. It will show up on your bill as the sibling discount.
Sea Beast has presented this class twice at the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival as a Pre-Con Intensive, as well as at the University of Hawaii, Benedictine University, and Water Street Studios in West Chicago.
How To Participate
Attend class via Zoom video
This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.
Reviews for Sea Beast
5.0 out of 5
Based on 6 provider ratings
Feb 11, 2021
Jan 7, 2021
The instructor, Kat, and her enthusiasm to teach her workshop participants all the skills they need! I had an amazing experience today! And, of course, learned a great deal! I will certainly recommend others to work with Kat or take her workshops. She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to her work!
She was perfect!
Making the Move to Online Session 1
Location: Zoom | Instructor: Kat Pleviak
Dec 8, 2020
I knew nothing about shadow puppetry before this class. Kat explains things so well, has fun projects to work on while learning techniques, and covers a lot of material in just a few hours each week. I'm so glad I signed up for the whole course!
How to Make a Shadow Show: Creature Feature Edition Session 1/Drop in Dates
Location: Online | Instructor: Kat Pleviak
Nov 11, 2020
She was upbeat and friendly and enjoyed talking with my kid. The art activity was wonderful and creative and the instructions were very clear.
Fantastic Puppets and How To Build Them Session 1 /Drop in Dates
Location: Zoom | Instructor: Kat Pleviak
Oct 30, 2020
This class was so much fun! The instructor, Kat, is very personable and made everyone feel welcome and engaged from the very start. She is super organized and made sure we had the materials list well ahead of time. I was really impressed with her ability to make a hands-on puppetry class work virtually. She did a great job making sure the camera angles worked so we could clearly see what she was teaching. The class was well paced with plenty of time to ask questions as we worked. I loved it!
Honestly it worked great just the way it is.
Meet your Instructor
About Sea Beast
The mission of Sea Beast Puppet Company Besides their touring shows, Sea Beast offers workshops to students of all ages and professional development classes in areas of puppetry performance, design, construction, and writing. When they aren't teaching or performing Sea Beast is dedicated to presenting out-of-town puppet artists to the Chicagoland area through the curation of their puppet slam Puppet Meltdown and their puppet festival Oddities: A Curious Collection of Puppetry. The talented artists at Sea Beast are very proud and take great joy in presenting the art of puppetry and look forward to doing so for many years to come.