Master Puppeteer to Offer Two Master Classes at Xavier University

Open to the public | February 18, 2009


Xavier University, in collaboration with Madcap Puppet Theatre, will offer two master classes. One will be “Puppets and their use in Alternative Settings,” and the second will be “Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects for the Stage.” Reservations to
“Puppets and their use in Alternative Settings” will be on March 14 from 9:00-4:00 in the studio theatre of the Gallagher Student Center on the Xavier campus. The fee for non-Xavier participants is $35. Materials are included in the fee. It is an introductory master class on the use of puppets and puppet theatre in alternative settings, led by Irina Niculescu, theatre director. Participants will explore various forms of puppet theatre and their effectiveness. The focus will be 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. This 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.
“Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects for the Stage” will be on March 21 also from 9:00-4:00 in the studio theatre. The fee for non-Xavier participants is $35. Professional puppets and props will be 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. Irina Niculescu, internationally-known stage director will lead the master class with professional actor/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.