Puppet Central, a one-week intensive workshop, will be held for the first time at Sarah Lawrence College nationally renowned for its undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts. Presented by the College's theatre program, the workshop will be held June 24-29. Dan Hurlin, award winning performer and visual designer and a faculty member in the College's theatre and dance programs, will lead the workshop.
"The study of puppetry is a window into all the creative arts," says Hurlin. "The art of puppetry is a synthesis of many artistic disciplines - visual arts, design, dramaturgy, movement and character work- with a good dose of engineering thrown in." A graduate of Sarah Lawrence himself, Hurlin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his work.
According to Shirley Kaplan, director of the theatre program, the multi-disciplinary art form has become recognized as a strong form of contemporary vision in the United States, as it is in numerous cultures around the world. "The popularity of puppetry for adults has exploded over the last few years, with theatre and visual artists of all kinds turning toward puppetry," she commented.
A variety of puppet forms will be studied with guest artists from each field conducting workshops in the various techniques. These include Japanese Bunraku, toy theatre, Indonesian shadow puppets, string puppets and found object theatre. Individually, participants will build a short puppet piece on their own, designing and making the puppets, writing the scripts or scenarios, and rehearsing and presenting their "short works in progress."
Tuition for the one-week program is $700; accommodations are $180 and a meal plan for the week $175. For an application or more information please go to the College's web site for the program here or call (914) 395-2371.