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Saturday, March 2, 2024 & March 16, 2024 10am-1pm ET 

9am -12pm CT, 8am - 11am MT, 7am-10am PT


Rod Puppets for the Classroom

About the Course


The Rod Puppet has remained a popular technique of of puppetry through the ages inherited by many famous puppeteers to this day.

The magic of performing with Rod Puppets has been used for sharing stories and plays since the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220CE) and has been popular since ancient times in Indonesia, China and Japan; it later became widespread in other countries as well. Over the years puppeteers have created different styles and techniques but the basic construction of the rod puppet still remains very similar to those used centuries ago.

I have been deeply connected to Rod Puppets for many years. Their intimate quality of expressing love, story connection and humor have touched each child in my classroom with their very special magic. The Rod Puppet remains the most used puppet in my classroom and has been a vital presence at community performances. It is for these reasons that I am thrilled to share this beautiful form of puppetry with you. Personally, I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of Rod Puppetry and bring this age- old form to our children and communities.

In this workshop we will learn the practical ways of constructing the rod puppet as well as the art of the “embodiment” of the puppet and the skill of “living” into the “being” that you have created.

Materials are not included in the workshop fee. A list of materials will be sent upon paid registration.

photos and text by Mindy Upton

Your Instructor:

Mindy Upton

Mindy Upton

Mindy is a wife, mother, grandmother, early childhood educator, movement educator, puppeteer and handwork teacher. She founded Blue Sky Kindergarten in 1990, a Waldorf inspired preschool/kindergarten where she was the director and lead class teacher for 32 years as well as lead for parent/child classes, parent education and teacher mentoring. She was an adjunct faculty member for 25 years at Naropa University where she taught movement theory using Rudolf Laban’s principles of Spatial Harmony, as well as a founding faculty member of the Early Childhood department. Mindy teaches at Lifeways Early Childhood Teacher training and The Gradalis teacher training. She is a board member of the World Association for Puppetry and Storytelling Arts. She is the founding director of Three Wishes Puppetry Troupe, that studies all types of puppetry and performs in Colorado. Presently Mindy has opened BlueSky Craft Studio where she holds parent/child playgroups, craft classes for adults and children, and has puppetry classes and performances. She hosted the World Puppetry Association for Puppetry and Storytelling Arts annual conference in July 2023, that included many wonderful Waldorf puppeteers and students from around the world. Mindy is thrilled to be sharing her love of puppetry with her students and looks forward to sharing this wonderful art that is sure to bring joy to the world.

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