Design & Build Your Own Theater for Kids ages 7-12


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Thursdays, May 16 – June 20
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ages 7-12

This class is taught by master puppeteer Jacek Zuzanski of Dream Tale Puppets.

We will dive into the world of paper theater, also called model theater or toy theater. This form of miniature theater developed in the early 19th century in Europe was claimed by 21st century artists as an inspiring puppetry form and lead to development of many highly recognized artistic theaters, and original styles of high artistic quality of puppetry.

We will design and build cardboard theaters, scenery and puppets, enjoy studying a variety of mediums and techniques (painting, drawing, cutting-out, decoupage, collage). We will learn scripting, adapting a story for the stage, storyboarding, improvising scenes, developing dialogs and characters. Students will have fun studying ways to bring puppets to life and to give them clear and expressive characterization. At the end of class we will invite families and friends to see magnificent presentations. Everybody will take home her or his own theater to produce the next shows.




all materials included.

Instructor Bio

Jacek Zuzanski:

Dream Tale Puppets founder, director, designer and leading performer earned his MFA from The Ludwik Solski’s State Theatre School, Krakow, Poland, and obtained The Ministry for Art and Culture’s Stage Directing Certificate. He studied at Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre and The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, and participated in workshops guided by world leading theatre artists, among them the actors of the celebrated Theatre Laboratory of Jerzy Grotowski and Odin Teatret. He is a theatre artist and certified acting teacher with over 30 years experience. Since coming to the US in 2001 to work as a theatre teacher for Island Theater Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, he has cooperated with numerous schools, art organizations, and libraries, including the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Cape Cod Conservatory, and Falmouth Academy.