ISTA presents...

Singapore (2) Studio - A puppetry bonanza!

April 23 - April 23, 2020

Artistic information

A puppetry bonanza!

In this day long workshop participants will explore 4 different types of puppetry. Shadow puppetry, full body puppets, balloons and body parts and finally flip mini masks!

Learning outcomes
Learning how to make puppets and perform with them in these different forms gives participants a unique opportunity to develop new skills and acquire a rich ‘puppetry’ tool box to take back into the classroom.

Target audience
While primarily focussed for teachers of theatre we invite all teachers who are interested in discovering the magical world of puppets to join us for this workshop.

About your workshop leader
Greg Ruhe
I am a professional puppeteer and direct Puppet Pizzazz, a Texas based company dedicated to creating extraordinary special event entertainment and puppetry experiences world-wide. By day I present shows and workshops at educational institutions. In the evening I often perform with my unique puppet creations at parties.
I believe that puppetry has a magical quality that helps remove the fear of performing. Puppetry releases inhibitions, builds confidence and allows for endless creative dramatic possibilities. The impossible becomes possible with puppetry!

Session outline
Session #1
Lights. Shadows. Action!
Combine the silhouettes of human actors alongside shadow puppets to create theatrical illusions that will astonish your audience or classroom.
Participants will master the simple techniques of making and performing with shadow puppetry.

Session #2
A full body puppet created in minutes!
Puppet Pizzazz has created a successful business on the idea of full body puppets, ‘crashing’ special events and becoming fascinating characters for the stage. It typically takes months to complete a detailed full body character, such as the one demonstrated in this workshop. Experiment with the original and be inspired how you can make the same and create a fast and fun version in this class. Please bring an old, colourful, button down, long sleeve, adult size shirt and we’ll provide the rest.
Learn puppet making and performance possibilities using a fun and fast method to create a full body people puppet.

Session #3
Don’t let that balloon go!
Balloons and body parts will combine to create fast and fun puppetry possibilities. Children and balloons on stage together, what could go wrong? Please bring an old t-shirt for puppet making and we’ll provide the rest.
Be inspired and explore an innovative method for creating and performing with amusing puppet characters made with little more than a balloon and the imagination.

Session #4
Flip mini masks!
Make and take your very own set of flip eyes and flip mouths and practice turning an actor into a hilarious human puppet.
Learn to make and perform with a very unique, easy to make and fun version of a mask.

Important information

School address
Dulwich College Singapore
71 Bukit Batok
West Avenue 8

School website

The event starts at 8:45am on Thursday 23rd April 2020.
The event finishes at 4:45pm on Thursday 23rd April 2020.

Event Coordinator
Keriann O’Rourke

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration closes 9th April 2020.
Places are limited, so please register early.
Participants should plan to attend the workshop in its entirety.
If travelling from outside the host city, please organise travel accordingly.


For participants
Registration fees
Teachers from member schools – GBP £175.
Teachers from non-member schools – GBP £192.50.
ISTA artists – GBP £157.50.

Please note
Registration fees include lunch and tea/coffee breaks during the day.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the event will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.

Travel and visas

For participants
Local teachers will travel daily.
Overseas teachers will need to organise international and daily travel accordingly.
Overseas teacher will need to ensure they have the correct visa to enter Singapore.

For artists
Your EC will be in touch about travel details.
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter Singapore.


For participants
Overseas participants will be responsible for booking any accommodation required to attend this workshop. We advise booking accommodation close to the workshop venue.

For artists
ISTA will book accommodation for artists for the required number of nights.


For participants
Lunch will be provided on the day of the workshop; along with coffee/tea breaks throughout the day.
Breakfast and dinner are not provided.

For artists
ISTA will cover all meals for the duration of the workshop.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 23 April at 08:45
Finishes on Thursday 23 April at 16:45 .


Dulwich College Singapore
71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8


• Christopher Brassington
• Christopher Morgan
• Corin James
• Kate Soper
• Katrina Hegarty
• Kelly Karges
• Lucy Richardson


• Greg Ruhe