Every workshop leads teachers through

  • an entire, adaptable hands-on experience
  • based around a specific content area
  • and gives them support materials
  • so they leave prepared and confident
  • and can immediately use the process in their own classroom.

Scroll down for specific workshop examples!

Consider a teacher workshop:

  • to engage students beginning a new unit of study
  • to add depth of learning to an on-going project
  • to offer a grade level focus for a semester
  • for ESL teachers, to effectively help language learners
  • for a school year kick-off in-service workshop
  • for preparation to lead into a student performance
  • for a fun and memorable staff team-building experience

Please contact for workshop details and availability!

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Iowa teachers in training make walk-about theaters for literacy!

Workshops from 2.5 hour session, to five day intensives.

A few options:


Participants collaborate to find elements of “story”, or sequential events, across the curriculum to bring to life with quick and magical shadow puppets.

Time: 2.5 hours
Teachers grade level: second through sixth
Curriculum Focus: various
Puppetry Technique: shadow puppets

Workshop Elements:

1. Brief introduction to world puppetry traditions with slide show and  demonstration
2. Small group collaborative story writing around a curriculum “seed”, using provided story development templates
3. Shadow puppet building with instructions and provided illustrated tip sheets
4. Informal group rehearsals, using provided project goals checklist
5. Performances for peers, followed by constructive critique and reflection


A powerful social studies curriculum project involving map study followed by the building of a living, interactive community of puppets who trade goods and services, hold an election, and more.

Time: 2.5 hours
Teachers grade level: First through Third
Curriculum Focus: Social Studies
Puppetry Technique: table top puppets

Workshop Elements:

1. Brief introduction to world puppetry traditions with slide show and  demonstration
2. “What is a map?” interactive activity
3. Building a community collaborative process
4. Construction of buildings and puppets
5. “How does a community work?” interactive activities and reflection


A workshop for anyone wanting to bring literature to life for children through puppetry. Participants leave with a story ready to present with puppets.

Time: 2.5 hours
Teachers grade level: pre-kindergarten through second grade
Curriculum Focus: literature
Puppetry Technique: hand puppets

Workshop Elements:

1. Brief introduction to world puppetry traditions with slide show and  demonstration
2. Tips on story selection and puppetry technique choice
3. Selection of short story and puppetry presentation style.
4. Build simple hand puppets
5. Story presentations with constructive critique


A combination of the above workshops along with additional puppetry techniques and curriculum focus areas, designed in collaboration with presenting organization. Here, parade puppet workshop for teachers in Offida, Italy, using recycled materials.


Keynotes and lectures to educators and administrators offer a colorful and lively presentation on the power of arts integration to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning to the classroom, incorporating the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. I bring a text-free, totally visuals based Powerpoint, too! And, of course, some puppets!

Photo: Semar, the wise teacher/clown of Java, Indonesia.