"Breathing Life into the Fuzz
- No Strings Attached"

You’ll be a Muppet to Miss It!

The Parker Puppetry Syllabus

Avenue A

BEGINNERS IN HAND PUPPETRY

Introduction to Live Hand/Rod Puppetry. Learn the basic skills required to begin your Puppetry journey.

SOCK OR OWN PUPPET REQUIRED

Avenue B

MASTER OF THE SYNC

Mastering the Art of Syncing with your character…how to watch for common mistakes and advance and progress your sync, including the ‘Singing’ sync!

SOCK OR OWN PUPPET REQUIRED

Avenue C

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Talking through our emotions, and how to transfer them into our Puppets. The Parker Puppetry ‘B.L.T’, Mirror work, and working through body language and gesturing to reflect into our characters. Making the ordinary look extraordinary!

PUPPET REQUIRED

Avenue D

RAISE YOUR VOICE

What kind of Voice has your Puppet got? Have you played around with voices and found the ‘perfect’ one? Do you know how to make a BOLD character? This character voice-based workshop will allow you to experiment with voices, and put into a working script with your Puppet and classmates.

SCRIPT SENT IN ADVANCE.

Puppet Required

Avenue E

YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS

Learning the art of Rod work, how to handle, drop, catch and juggle the rods single and double. How to realistically allow your puppet to lift and pick up props effectively and with ease.

Puppet (with rods) required

Avenue F

LIP SYNC PUPPET BATTLE

The Ultimate Sync! Learn lyrics to part of a song that will be sent out in advance upon booking, and practise with your puppet in advance of the class. The first part of the class is a re-cap through all other Avenues, then onto rehearsal time for the selected song, individual performance and feedback.

SONGS & LYRICS SENT IN ADVANCE.

Puppet Required

Avenue G

ALL BY MYSELF
PRIVATE COACHING

1 on 1 Private Puppet Coaching and Directing.

Ideal for those who want to check-in, perfect and try out new ideas with their puppet. You can focus on a particular ‘Avenue’, song, performance, Puppet TikToks and YouTube videos.

Puppet Required

Avenue H

SMOOTH OPERATOR

In this Advanced Workshop, we will work on Advanced Manipulation with your Puppet. 

Looking at how to really work the head and neck to create maximum life-like results for the puppet. We will also be looking at a more advanced sync technique ‘The Bounce’.

Puppet Required

Avenue J

LET'S DANCE

In this Advanced Workshop, we will be getting our groove on and learning how to make our Puppet’s DANCE!

Learn how to move our Puppets, without disrupting their ‘ground’ and position. And make some moooooves!

Puppet Required

Avenue K

IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

In this video tutorial masterclass with our expert green screen Puppeteer & Teacher Lee Thompson.

In this 1hr fun, informative video – you will be taken through the steps on Equipment, Software and Editing, and so much more.

You can access the video and equipment recommendation crib sheet whenever you like, to watch at your own convenience.

PLEASE NOTE: The software used for demonstration in Avenue K is available to PC/Windows users only

"What a treat it is to learn from real puppetry professionals! My instructor Stephen is very talented as a puppeteer and as a teacher. Basic to advanced skills are taught, personal feedback is given, and students leave excited and encouraged. I recommend this class to everyone, whether you use puppetry for work (as I do as a children's librarian), or even if you just want to learn a new skill for the fun of it. It's also a great addition to your social media presence (like mine: Junk Drawer Puppetry), so join in the fun and sign up for some Parker Puppetry classes!"

LEIGH CAPSOS (STUDENT)