Open Hand Theater

Workshops

Open Hand Theater designs creative arts education workshops that integrate performance, music, puppetry and visual arts into classroom studies and introduce traditional arts around the world. Please use our Program Request form to inquire about workshops for your classroom.

Monkey Business

The puppet stage unfolds, engaging children in their own performance of the well-loved story: Hats for Sale, with puppets, a chorus of vowel sounds, and some new twists and turns.

  • 40 minutes
  • Best for ages 4-7
  • Limit 25 students

A perfect classroom follow-up to the performance: “The Secret of the Puppet’s Book”

Program Requirements

  • minimum 8’ x 8’ clear area in front of seated class
  • Desk or tabletop for puppet stage

Fee

$150 per session

Mask Making

Hands-on workshop guides children in the creation of their own imaginary character, based on interest or chosen themes. Mask making allows children to explore character, emotion, environment and stories.

  • 40 to 60 minutes
  • Best for ages 6-10
  • Limit 25 students

Program Requirements

  • tables to accommodate all students
  • Materials are supplied by Open Hand Theater

Fee

$150 per session

Puppet Making

Create simple jointed puppets that can be manipulated through scenes and stories. Puppet making teaches simple concepts of math and physics, and properties of light and shadow

  • 40 to 60 minutes
  • Best for ages 8-14
  • Limit 25 students

Program Requirements

  • tables to accommodate all students
  • Materials supplied by Open Hand Theater

Fee

$150 per session

Character and Story Improvisation

Children can imagine incredible scenes and express their feelings in safe ways with masks and puppets. Open Hand Theater teaching artists have years of experience leading groups of all ages in theater performances of all sizes. An improvisational workshop is a perfect way to experience new ideas, stories and creative group dynamics.

  • 40 to 60 minutes
  • Best for ages 8-14
  • Limit 25 students

Works well in conjunction with either the mask or puppet making workshop.

See a character puppetry workshop: "Arts in Science" designed as a research project for 7th grade science classes at Boynton Middle School in Ithaca, NY

Program Requirements

  • open space to accommodate all students
  • Masks or puppets are supplied by Open Hand Theater

Fee

$150 per session

Open Hand Theater · 518 Prospect Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208-2523 · (315) 476-0466 · info@openhandtheater.org