Summer Intensive Training in Puppetry
“I had the privilege of being a participant in the 2018 Sandglass Theater summer intensive training in puppetry. I was so excited and a bit trepidatious honestly, when I received the letter of invitation to participate. I felt I had had only moderate experience in comparison to others who would also be attending.
Upon arrival, there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere and our cohort, diverse in language, culture, homeland, age, experience, and puppetry knowledge quickly became much like a close-knit family.
What would ensue over the next two weeks would be life-changing. As the days unfolded, we were given assignments that challenged us both individually and as part of an ensemble. The instructors were encouraging and supportive. Together they embodied a wealth of knowledge and experience. They possessed a brilliant ability to move each participant forward regardless of their own unique place in their journey as a puppeteer. This in itself is nothing short of amazing. The material evoked emotion and deep thought and the practice of performance, critiquing, and reworking our pieces, taught us resiliency, self-confidence, and self-discovery. This intensive is a must for any puppeteer who is looking for something to grow them as a person and in their work as a puppeteer. Thank you Sandglass Theater, I will definitely be returning!”
-Traci Nicolay, Burlington Vermont