An Introduction to Puppetry Workshop

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

This workshop is an introduction to puppetry wherein the goal is to have the participant walk away with an understanding of the fundamentals of working with puppets of various styles.  Most of the work will include manipulation of basic puppets and found objects but we will attempt to cover work with full body and over sized puppets as well as the Japanese style of bunraku.  Some of the different styles will involve partnered manipulation.  The workshop will also involve improvisations work with much of the focus being on maintaining a narrative.  Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to further explore the world of puppetry should they so desire.

Head and shoulder shot of Darren Keay
Darren is originally from Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Acadia University Theatre Studies program. He also completed the classical acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Darren’s professional career started in Nova Scotia and quickly took him across the country where he eventually landed in Toronto. He has worked in many theatres all over Canada. Some favourites include: Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Grand Theatre and the Blyth Festival. Darren has also enjoyed his time working in film, television and radio.

His interest in puppetry was established early on with Mermaid Theatre out of Windsor, NS. He was thrown into the mix and learned quickly to “embrace the impossible” when it came to working with many different puppet forms. Later at Shakespeare by the Sea he gained experience with group work on over size puppets. In later years working with the macabre and creative Eldritch Theatre has been a true highlight.