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The New England Puppet Intensive

The 2016 New England Puppet Intensive is15 days of vigorous training in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance presented by Peter Balkwill and David Lane (of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop), with Nan Balkwill.

This year's workshop takes place August 5 - 21 at Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Materials, shared accommodation and on-campus meals are included.

Instruction focuses on physical awareness, character development, ensemble building and puppet design. Participants will work toward the development of original material that will be presented at the end of the workshop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—MASS MoCA.

Stretch your creativity in an environment which fosters colloquy, experimentation, and collaborative development!

For complete registration information and details, visit newenglandpuppet.org


The Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive

Presented by The Banff Centre and Peter Balkwill of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

A two-week exploration into the creative art of puppet theatre. The Old Trouts are a company founded on the collaborative nature of devised, ensemble-based creation. They build their shows through a process of consensus, which shall be the thesis of this workshop.

Over the 15-day period of the workshop, participants will explore exercises that identify the physical awareness and synchronicity of an ensemble, as well as participate in an arena of debate and building that facilitates an effective sharing of ideas. These exercises will in turn support the foundation of original, theatrical, puppet performances to be developed in the subsequent part of the workshop.

The Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive will address elements of design (both set and puppet), scripting the silent narrative, collaborative directing, and manipulation of puppets. Participants will create individual puppets, engage in small ensembles, and, in the spirit of collective creation, create short experimental projects to be presented publicly. The workshop shall launch forth from the position that there are no right or wrong answers, but rather, through conversation and execution, that there is a way to discover the most inspired and effective solutions. The pace of this workshop is very rigourous and begs the full attendance of all participants.

The January 2014 Intensive is now closed. Check back for announcement of date for January 2016.

For details and information on how to apply please see the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive

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"Someday very soon there will be a style of puppetry that will come to be known as 'Old Trout-like' – it's just too good not to be imitated."
- Fast Forward Magazine, Calgary


"I have never in my life been constantly on the edge of my seat at all times to learn. This workshop is, and always will be, one of the most memorable moments in my lifetime."
Scott Carrierie, 2007 Puppet Theatre Intensive

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