Workshops & Classes
CREATE A SOLO PUPPET ACT
Creating a solo act can be frustrating.
It feels impossible without support or a deadline.
And performing solo can be scary too!
When I created my first solo puppetry act, I had no idea what I was doing. I had little experience as a performer and I had no confidence on stage.
I trembled with fear the first time I did my act at a puppet slam in San Francisco.
Despite my fear of performing, that 3-minute act went on to become a short puppet 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.
From my many years as a puppeteer and performer, I'll help you put together a short puppet piece and find the confidence to perform it. Most importantly, I'll give you a deadline to get you making an act from scratch – from concept to performance!
What you get from this workshop:
A new solo puppetry act that you can do on stage or for online shows.
A framework to use for creating acts, over and over again.
Supportive feedback that will help you develop a piece that you feel comfortable performing.
Videos, handouts, and resources emailed after each class.
A private facebook group for support from fellow students.
Resources for submitting your act to shows - if you want to!
All classes are online via Zoom.
A solo act in your back pocket is a game changer.
It will build your confidence, you can do it anywhere,
and you will have it forever!
What people are saying about the workshop:
"Pam's workshop was just the encouragement I needed to create and share an actual act after spending quarantine months building puppets.
Pam provided a well organized method, provided specific and helpful feedback, and shared links that offered further enrichment. I especially appreciated the opportunity to workshop with other puppeteers, both novices (like myself) and veterans.
The entire experience was supportive and a wonderful mix of play and inspiration."
- Mobi Warren, New Mexico
"Pam Severns is a fantastic mentor/motivator, and I was delighted to be able to take a workshop with her!
This workshop really got me out of a quarantine related creative slump and made me excited to work with puppets again. Putting together a strong slam piece that you can actually perform solo makes slam performances much more accessible/ doable, and Pam is here to help you do it."
- Rebekah Lane, South Carolina
"I have performed 'Sleep Tight' for 3 puppet slams so far and plan on submitting it to more!"
- Robert Amico, Oregon
With a few tools, a bit of structure, and a deadline,
you will have the confidence to craft a a solo puppet act
that you are excited to perform!