Puppetry Playshop

Center for Puppetry Arts

OVERVIEW

ticket price

Free

RUN TIME

120 mins

VENUE & STAGE

Idea Center @ PHS

Gund Dance Studio

SHOW TIMES

7/25 @ 7:30pm

DETAILS

TYPE OF SHOW

National

Recommended For

Ages 18+ (Adults Only)

GENRE(S)

Workshop/ Masterclass

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SYNOPSIS

Join Aretta Baumgartner (she/her), Education and Advocacy Director of Atlanta’s renowned Center for Puppetry Arts, and open new doors to creativity and connection through the magic of puppetry! As puppetry is an art and craft for ALL theatre-makers and ALL creative humans, everyone is welcome! This means YOU!

Participants will have a blast working together as they dive into puppetry basics. We'll explore the definition of puppetry as theatre history and global culture, enjoy an interactive overview of the five types of puppets, remind ourselves of the power of play with actor to puppeteer transformation exercises, ground ourselves in transfer of energy work (the liberating act of “disappearing” so the puppet takes focus), and learn puppetry manipulation skills applicable to styles of puppetry.

Puppets have been used to tell stories since theatre began, can be found everywhere from stage to screen and represent a “must-have” skill on every artist resume. They remind us of our deeply human connection to object use as storytelling since the beginning of civilization. Whether you're attending as an artist or curious audience member (or a bit of both), you'll find a home in puppetry! COME READY TO MOVE AND PLAY!

Presented by Aretta Baumgartner, Education and Advocacy Director, Center for Puppetry Arts

Aretta Baumgartner -- presenter

Center for Puppetry Arts

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Additional Info

Center for Puppetry Arts website: www.puppet.org

Aretta also performing in TaDAda! with Performance Gallery

Aretta was an BorderLight artist in 2022, performing with puppetry partner Thom Stanley as ONE DOUBLE-O FOUR EIGHT with the large-scale multimedia shadow puppet/shadow theatre show ""Shadow Realm: Down the Rabbit Hole"

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Aretta Baumgartner (sher/her/hers) is a puppeteer, actor and vocalist. A professional puppeteer since 1992, she’s proud to be the Education and Advocacy Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest non-profit dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States. She’s a member of the Teaching Artist Alliance and has served as a Guest Artist for twenty state Thespian festivals (c/o Educational Theatre Association) and at International Thespian Festival. Aretta is an Attending Professional on the Dragon Con Puppetry Track, was President of the Board of Directors of the Puppeteers of America from 2019-2022 and creates original puppetry-infused work with her puppetry partner through their company ONE DOUBLE-O FOUR EIGHT, work that can be seen at festivals from coast to coast. Aretta has worked all over the U.S. and in Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada and Honduras. She is proud to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards and the Educational Theatre Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for ART Station. She performs regularly in puppetry, theatre productions and as a backing vocalist. Aretta is the creator of the “Puppets for All” initiative at the Center for Puppetry Arts, an initiative that features audio-described, ASL-interpreted and sensory-friendly puppetry programming alongside other inclusivity-focused practices. Aretta is dedicated to using puppetry as a tool to unlock potential, passion and story in every human she meets.

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Aretta Baumgartner is a puppeteer, actor and vocalist. A professional puppeteer since 1992, she’s the Education and Advocacy Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest non-profit dedicated to puppetry in the United States. A member of the Teaching Artist Alliance, Aretta has served as a Guest Artist for twenty state Thespian festivals and the International Thespian Festival c/o Educational Theatre Association. She’s an Attending Professional on the Dragon Con Puppetry Track, served as President of the Puppeteers of America and creates original puppetry-infused work with ONE DOUBLE-O FOUR EIGHT, work that can be seen at festivals from coast to coast. Aretta has worked all over the U.S. and in Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada and Honduras. She is proud to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards and the Educational Theatre Foundation and as a Board member for ART Station. She performs regularly in puppetry, theatre productions and as a backing vocalist. Aretta is the creator of the “Puppets for All” initiative at the Center for Puppetry Arts, programming centered around inclusivity-focused practices. Aretta is dedicated to using puppetry as a tool to unlock potential, passion and story in every human she meets.

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