Workshops: Toy Theatre and Object Manipulation (Object Puppetry) with Ingrid Hansen, Puppetmongers

Toy Theatre
Two Saturdays – November 1st and November 8th, 10 am to 4 pm.

Toy Theatre developed at the beginning of the 19th century as a children’s plaything and became all the rage as family entertainment in Victorian drawing rooms across Europe and the Americas. As children, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles all delighted in re-enacting their favourite literary works and West End dramas by staging them in two dimensions on a miniature proscenium stage.

In this two day workshop, you will turn a box into your own theatre, then design and build sets and props, and create your own cast of characters. The first day of the workshop will be devoted to building the theatre and some of the equipment: the second day will be the completion of the build, rehearsals, and final performances or show-and-tells amongst the participants.

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Object Manipulation (Object Puppetry) 
with Ingrid Hansen
Saturday November 29th,  10 am to 4 pm
$150. Maximum 15 participants.

What is a puppet? Any inanimate object you can bring to life. This workshop will investigate the fundamentals of found-object puppetry, or bringing life to ordinary household objects.  The key is to see the potential in all things.  There will be an emphasis on courage, breath, movement, creative abandon, and fun. No performance experience necessary.

  • Please bring one or more household objects to add to the pile of available materials.  Nothing precious or breakable please.   (Eg. A sweater, a spatula, a lunchbox, an old milk carton, a lampshade…)

Ingrid loves to teach. She teaches movement, acting, puppetry, viewpoints and dance for children and adults, and always working to create a safe space for students to open up and take creative risks. She has taught at performing arts studios, community centres, colleges, schools, and prisons.  Ingrid creates new works with SNAFU Dance Theatre, including Pretty Little Instincts at the SummerWorks National Series, Kitt & Jane at the Belfry SPARK Festival, Little Orange Man at The Great Canadian Theatre Company & Centaur Theatre, and The Prison Puppet Project, performed by inmates at William Head Federal Prison and co-directed with Peter Balkwill of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop.  Ingrid also designed costumes for the Dora-Nominated musical Ride the Cyclone, and worked for four seasons as a puppeteer on the children’s television series Tiga Talk! on APTN.

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