Summer Puppet Arts Training Intensive

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The SANDGLASS SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM will be August 7 – 19, 2017
Application Deadline is June 15, 2017

The Intensive

Sandglass Theater is offering a two-week intensive workshop in Puppet Theater. This program is offered to puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet.

The Method

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, unlocks doors to our more secret sides and to integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as all the metaphorical possibilities of theater.

The objective of this training program is to inspire theater artists to understand and to experience the puppet as a theatrical medium. Sandglass believes in integrating this understanding of the puppet within the larger picture of expressive theater. Sandglass teaches a method of manipulation developed in over 30 years of workshops in Europe and America. Key to the training is the link between the approach to manipulation and the content of the performed work.

Classes during the intensive will be scheduled for five and a half days per week. Daily sessions will include body training and breath development with relation to puppet performance, training in manipulation technique and its relation to artistic statement, and training in materials and their metaphorical implications.  Guided improvisations will lead to development of work that stresses ensemble creation as well as touching on directing techniques for puppet theater. Participants will also receive open workshop time for puppet building. The program will include some evening and weekend sessions with Sandglass company members and guests on a variety of subjects. Guided creations may be presented to an informal public audience.

The Faculty

Eric Bass, Institute Director: Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater and recipient of 5 Citations of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA).

Ines Zeller Bass, Instructor: Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater and director of Sandglass Theater’s children’s programs. UNIMA Citation winner.

Shoshana Bass, Instructor: Producer and Ensemble performer at Sandglass Theater.

Jana Zeller, Instructor: Producer and Artist with Sandglass Theater.

The Site

The Sandglass Summer Intensive will take place at Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont. Our intimate 60 seat theater is housed in a beautifully restored barn from the early part of the 20th century. Recently renovated to included a fully accessable lobby, with ramp for wheelchair access, the Sandglass facilities offer ample space to train, build, rehearse, and perform.

Summer is a wonderful time to be in Southern Vermont. Putney is a beautiful, walkable little town that sits on the banks of the Connecticut river. Along with several places to eat affordably, there’s also a fantastic local co-op for groceries, an historic General Store and deli, plenty of hiking trails, and local swimming holes.

Summer Intensive Puppetry Institute


Housing is provided by Sandglass Theater in an lovely air conditioned guest house on the top of a mountain with spectacular views, a 7 acre lake with Kayaks available, beautiful flower gardens and a quiet rural setting.  Students will have access to the fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, all of the necessary linens and breakfast supplies.  The bedrooms are shared dormitory style.  Single rooms are not available.

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Weekday evening meals for all participants are provided by the excellent cooks at our local Co-op.  The meal at the end of the day is an opportunity for conversation and connection that is an important part of the training.  Special food needs are considered so that everyone is able to be a part of these meals.


You may be eligible to receive financial support in the form of a grant or bursary from government agencies, foundations or other supporters in your own country. You should apply to them directly.


A $30 Application Fee is required (please make checks payable to Sandglass Theater.)

Send Applications and fee to:

Sandglass Theater
Summer Intensive,
PO Box 970,
Putney, VT 05346

If you prefer you may send us your application electronically to and pay fee securely online through paypal here


Fee for Intensive:  $1400

Housing $400

Monday – Friday evening communal meal (10 days) $100


We ask a $500 deposit be made, upon acceptance, to reserve your space in the Intensive.

The balance of the Intensive fee plus additional housing costs (if applicable) are due at registration.

More Information • (802) 387–4051 • PO Box 970 Putney, VT 05346


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