Master puppeteer offers class on Saturday, March 21, on the Xavier campus

Classes are being presented in collaboration with the local Madcap Puppet Theatre | March 13, 2009

Xavier University, in collaboration with Madcap Puppet Theatre, is offering master classes on the Xavier campus. The classes are open to members of the Xavier community and the public.

The class, “Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects for the Stage,” is being offered on March 21 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the studio theatre. The fee for non-Xavier participants is $35. Materials are included in the fee.

In the class, professional puppets and props are being provided to give participants the opportunity to explore the process of animation, the relation between different forms of puppetry and their dramatic content, and the relation between the actor and the puppet. This is ideal for performing arts students, professional actors, dancers, mimes, musicians and all interested in the art of interpretation and expressive manipulation.

Internationally-known stage director and Madcap theatre director Irina Niculescu leads the master class with professional actors and puppeteers from Madcap Theatre.
“A comprehensive academic program for the study of theatre for young audiences is an essential component to a vital theater community,” says John Lewandowski, Madcap artistic director. “We are a major employer of young actors in the region and need to take an active role in their training and artistic development.”

He sees Madcap as part of the vanguard of puppetry arts in America, and is dedicated to creating high quality theatrical experiences for young audiences.

The class is open to anyone who works directly with children in non-theatre settings, especially education majors, elementary school teachers, psychologists, nurses, social workers and others. Reservations for the class may be made to

A first class, “Puppets and their use in Alternative Settings,” took place on Saturday, March 14. It was an introductory master class on the use of puppets and puppet theatre in alternative settings. Participants explored various forms of puppet theatre and their effectiveness. The focus was on simple construction techniques, staging possibilities, the incorporation of elementary school children in the process from content development to creating puppets, and performing for their peers.