Workshops & Classes 


5-week workshop

When I created my first solo act, I had no idea what I was doing. I had some experience as a performer, but I didn't have confidence on stage. I trembled with fear during my performance the first time I did my act at a show in San Francisco.


Despite my fear of performing, that 3-minute act went on to become a short film that's now on Amazon Prime and helped me get several grants and scholarships. 


I've performed solo on more stages than I can keep track of – from sketchy dive bars to exclusive Hollywood events. It took persistence and courage to create and perform solo, but anyone can do it.


From my many years as a (sometimes frightened) puppeteer and performer, I'll help you find your voice and create your own solo act. I'll give you a framework, feedback, and a deadline to help you make your act and feel good about performing it in an online show or, eventually, on a stage. 


You bring your vision, skill, and determination.


Here's how it works:

Using writing exercises, you will explore your inspirations and artistic influences to hone in on your style. I'll give you a simple framework you can follow to tell your story and build your world.

Now that you have some inspiration and ideas, you'll start to build your act and will present your outline for feedback and discussion. You can start workshopping ideas if you'd like.

You will submit video of your performance or perform your act live for the class. We'll give feedback and talk about revisions. I'll give you individual written feedback and resources for submitting to puppet slams and shows.


5 Weeks on Thursdays

October 1, 8, 22, 29

(no live class Oct 15th, but you will submit homework)

5pm PT | 8pm ET


Here's what you get from this workshop:

  • a new act that you can do on stage or for online shows

  • a framework from which to create and hone new work and develop strong characters

  • a private facebook group for students of puppet act past & present

  • my wisdom gained from the bajillion shows I've performed on with acts that worked and ones that failed miserably

  • resources for pitching yourself and your work to puppet slams, variety shows, grants & scholarships, and more

  • written feedback from me after your performance

  • access to new Calls for Acts

All levels and styles of puppetry welcome. Register below - class size is limited!

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