Puppet Club is back and online! Come join us for our 8th annual puppet workshop! This free 3-week course for ages 7 – 12 will teach kids how to build a nifty puppet, create a cool character and tell a good story. Puppet Club introduces children to important skills like problem-solving, empathy, flexibility, adaptability and storytelling (which supports reading and writing competencies). Each registration comes with a free set of craft supplies delivered right to your door!
Date and Time: Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-1:30pm – June 8, June 10, June 15, June 17, June 22, & June 24
Supplies: 8 pack of washable markers, 2 glue sticks, 10 assorted construction paper colors, 9 pompoms, 6 googly eyes, scissors, 4 wooden sticks, and 6 straws.
The Ohio City Theatre Project’s Puppet Club is a free theater and puppet workshop for children ranging from 7 to 12 years old. This after-school program helps students experience the creation, characterization, and storytelling that goes into puppetry. Students get to present their puppet stories to each other, giving them a chance to express their imagination and creativity with others. We are excited to have the Puppet Club back for the 8th year, this time online! The course’s teachers are Daniel McNamara (Education Director), Stephanie Wilbert (actress, director, and teaching artist), and Alyssa Jacobs (Assistant Education Director).
DANIEL MCNAMARA (Education Director) is a freelance Interdisciplinary Theater and Performance Artist . He was Musical Director and Composer of original music for both Tree of Oedipus at Cleveland State University in April 2019, and Central Concern with Ohio City Theatre Project at Cleveland Public Theater in May/June of 2019. Daniel joined the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater for a historic cross country tour in the Fall of 2018. Daniel was awarded the Gordon Square Arts District performing arts residency in Spring of 2018 with his project “Odyssey in Translation: Mask, Book, Smartphone.” In August of 2017, he completed a fully funded Masters of Arts Degree in Creative Process at National University of Ireland as a Government of Ireland International scholar.
ALYSSA JACOBS (Assistant Education Director) is a Cleveland born theatre artist and stage manager. She is in her last year of undergrad at Cleveland State University, pursuing a bachelor’s in Theatre Arts for acting. Alyssa wants to gain a well-rounded knowledge of theatre to create impact pieces that both impact her community and showcase her creativity. She plans to continue her education abroad in East 15 Acting School’s International Acting Program to achieve her masters.
STEPHANIE WILBERT (Teaching Artist) is an Actor, Director, and Adjunct Faculty Theater Instructor at Lorain County Community College. She received her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she primarily focused on ensemble-based performance and devised theater techniques. Naropa University performance credits include: Sirens Fury Playlist, Now! (For Something Completely Different (Directed by Stephen Wangh), and 7/21 (Directed by member of The Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Pierotti). Stephanie is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and received her BA in Theater Arts from Cleveland State University. In Northeastern Ohio, Stephanie worked as the Interim Artistic Director for The Illusion Factory and has performed with The Ohio City Theatre Project, Ensemble Theatre, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, Stratosphere, and Ohio Capoeira Brasil.