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Performance making and design.

We regularly facilitate professional development workshops for teachers wanting to include puppetry and visual theatre in their work programs. Dead Puppet Society offers teachers the chance to be guided through our methodology of Visual Theatre and performance making, and offers a crash course in the skills needed to support school students in the areas of Puppetry, Contemporary Performance, Visual Theatre and Ensemble Performance.

Our two day professional development session gives teachers a hands on practical learning opportunity covering the following areas:

  • Introduction to Puppetry and Manipulation

  • Introduction to Abstract and Object Puppetry

  • Devising for Visual Theatre

  • Storyboarding and Stagecraft

  • Puppet Construction

  • Shadow Play

  • Visual Theatre Conventions and how to approach them

  • Directing for Visual Theatre and Ensemble Performance

Duration: Two day Professional Development
Location: Dead Puppet Society HQ*
Cost: $295 + GST per participant

*Contact us if you are interested in booking a private Teacher Professional Development Session at your school.

These workshops can be run with small groups or one on one and are available year round. We are also available to assist in structuring work programs and assessment items. Please contact us to register your interest and receive information on upcoming sessions.

The next Professional Development offering is a one day masterclass on Friday 3rd November 2023.

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Friday 3rd November 2023
Where: DPS HQ, 6 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Cost: $250

To express interest and reserve your spot, please email us and we will be in touch with more details.

What to expect
Our Head of Youth and Engagement Helen Stephens will guide teachers and arts educators through the company’s methodology of Puppet Manipulation, Worldbuilding, Puppet Construction and Visual Performance Making in this one-day masterclass, designed to provide a foundational learning that is instantly transferable into a Primary and Secondary classroom.

Participants will receive a hands-on practical learning opportunity and cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to Puppetry and Manipulation Skills

  • Introduction to Abstract and Object Puppetry

  • Devising and Worldbuilding for tabletop Visual Theatre performance

  • Puppet Construction

  • Puppet play with Dead Puppet Society laser-cut puppets

  • Discussion around Visual Theatre Conventions and how to approach them

Participants will also leave with:

  • A simple brown paper puppet 

  • A completed table-top constructed puppet based on your own design

  • Comprehensive teachers notes and glossary of terms


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