Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist

Curated by Judith O’Hare, Chairperson Puppeteers of America Puppetry in Education and Therapy Committee
Assistant: Liz Freeman,  Tech:  Bill Scott

Friday Sept. 9, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

For participants arriving Thursday Sept. 8, there will be an evening presentation and performance.

carol sterling photoPresenters:
Carol Sterling – Examples of How Puppetry Can Teach Common Core Curriculum Standards
Principals and teachers need to be convinced that puppetry can teach the Core Curriculum Standards. I will show how educational puppeteers can familiarize themselves with the Core Curriculum Standards in their respective state and then can develop specific puppetry activities designed to address each of the selected Standards

Cheryl Capezzuti – The Armadillo’s Song: A Collaborative Puppet Performance
Learn about a project developed for fifth graders through the puppetry curriculum at Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh. The project features moving-mouth puppets with a spring-loaded mouth mechanism (inspired by the work of Heidi Rugg), parade-sized giant puppets, a folk tale adapted by students and performed in Spanish and original musical compositions written and performed by the children.

IMG_3502 Diane KordasDiane Kordas – Tick Talk Time- An educational presentation using shadow puppets to educate the public about tick borne illnesses, signs and symptoms of illness, treatment options, and prevention.
It is always challenging to develop an educational program specifically designed to teach a particular topic. This presentation will discuss the process of  developing a puppet program on tick born  illnesses and the effectiveness of puppets as an educational method of delivery for this topic.  The goal is for  participants to be able to state methods of preventing tick bites, signs and symptoms of illnesses, importance of early detection and treatment.

Matthew Bernier – Improving the Aesthetics of Therapeutic Puppetry

It is very important to consider the aesthetics, or “look and feel” of the theatrical elements (puppets, props, scenery, etc.) of puppetry used for therapeutic purposes. Aesthetics is concerned with the study of the nature, expression, perception, and psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences. Thoughtful aesthetic considerations based on the rules and principles of art can greatly affect the therapy experience and therapeutic outcome. This presentation will offer suggestions for expanding the range of therapeutic puppetry aesthetics.

Michael LamesonMichael Lamason – Lesson Plans: the what, how and why of a residency. Putting the artist, teacher and administrator on the same page
The lesson plan is the map for a residency. It is the what, how and why of making puppets in the classroom. Targeting residency objectives to curriculum targets. Assessing student understanding of academic and arts content

Judith O’Hare – Techniques for planning a Teacher Training Workshop
This workshop will explore ways to become an effective teacher trainer in puppetry.  When planning a workshop for educators today we are faced with the serious task of illustrating how puppetry meets the new Educational Standards, and we are faced with illustrating how puppets are relevant in schools which are on overload. Information based on Puppets:Education Magic conference workshops and training received at  the Kennedy Center, Washington DC.

Joann Spencer Siegrist –  Turn plenty of  Pages with Puppets!!!!
A workshop dealing with literacy concepts, books, and reading techniques in any educational environment: schools, libraries, museums ,children’s enrichment classes, camps and other. Examples of how to take a children’s book, poem, fable, fairy tale or folktale and put into a scenario format of a puppet play will be illustrated.

kuva2Attendees arriving early on Thursday evening; dinner Thursday, and breakfast and lunch Friday, are included in the hotel package.  Those arriving early Friday will need to bring breakfast and  lunch, or purchase meals at the hotel.

Thursday evening there will be An evening of puppetry in education and therapy performances and slide presentations
Tooth Buddy Tales
Segal Puppet Theater and Company,
Mark Segal and David Feibert
Our Philosophy: Teach children by what amuses their minds. (adapted from a quote by Plato).
Tooth Buddy Tales has been in continual production since 1986. It plays for between 30,000 to 40,000 people each year. It is currently sponsored (depending on the area) by various dental practices and Health Partner Plans, groups that are committed to providing extra to the communities they serve. It is a unique, non- threatening, fun, professional program, designed to entertain, empower, educate and influence children to be aware of dental hygiene and choose better snacks and provide proactive tools that can be actualized. The thrust of the show is to teach Zeebo (the puppet) to be a “Tooth Buddy”. To do this he has to know three things: 1) How we get cavities (a hole in your tooth – caused by Germs) 2) We have the power to help not get cavities. “We are not stuck with germs or cavities. (Power is a main theme, the power to beat germs, the power to choose). 3)”If it is sticky and sweet it is a yucky treat but healthy food is a power treat” The kids help Zeebo learn these things, he becomes a Tooth Buddy and because they helped – the kids are Tooth Buddies too. When to brush is covered as well as washing hands before eating. Characters include: Zeebo, Mild Mannered Clark Brush – who turns into Super Brush, Bob the Tooth and Germy the Germ. It is a well paced fun program for everybody in attendance. The performers are all seasoned professionals. Two present the show. Around 30 minutes long. Suggested age ranges: 3 to first grade, size of audience: 40 (minimum) -120 (150 maximum). This show is in a constant state of being a work in progress and changes regularly.
Mark Segal 1974 Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts – (BFA degree)   –  1974-1976 Actor (and sometimes stage crew) with: New England Repertory Theatre (MA), Hartman Theatre Company (Conn), Continental Theatre Company (touring) and Hedgerow Theatre (PA) Started the Puppet Theatre in 1977 – store openings, special events, trade shows Holiday Puppet Repertory  (Thanksgiving – December),  Breakfast with Santa, birthday shows, Jewish theme shows and events. In 1986 developed Tooth Buddy Tales© a sponsored dental education and awareness program that is available today. 1999-2006 Yes I Can – a health literacy program sponsored 1996 – built Icky Licky Lead – a lead poisoning awareness and prevention program, commissioned 1987-1991 Represented Hoeganese Corp. at the Society of Automotive Engineer (S.A.E) trade show in Detroi 1990-1991 – a featured performer for Kidwaves Radio Network (pilot production) 1980’s – performer and designer for nutritional videos produced by Ara Food Services (now Aramark) (one video won a Golden Reel of Merit Award).
Performers (the “old man” shows)
Dave Fiebert BA in English from Widner University (Chester, PA), MA in Theatre from Villanova University (Villanova, PA), A Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education in English. Active Actor and Musician 1987 to the present the other half of the Segal Puppet Theatre & Company Performs the following shows: 5 Little Monkeys, Bartholomew Bear’s Moon Misadventure, A Ducky Day at the French Café, Miles in the Heart of Forest, Go Fish, Let’s Recycle, Cowboy Capers and others.
Judith O'Hare & Matthew BernierThe Pecha Kucha may be included into the Professional Day–
Pecha Kucha ( meaning short presentations   20 slides, 6 minutes or so…Short presentations slides and talk:
Gerard Johnson– 15 minutes presentation with slides on his plans for creating a language based puppet production called “The Other Side of the Mountain
Gerard will discuss his process for developing a puppet presentation based on D.B. Johnson;s book Henry Climbs A Mountain. It is the story of Henry David Thoreau’s being jailed for non- non-payment of taxes because of the tolerance of slavery by the State of Massachusetts.: Students will be given opportunities to share their feelings and ideas in speaking, writing, drawing, and singing about the story. Students will be introduced to two historical figures–Henry David Thoreau and Frederick Douglass. Students will be introduced to the anti-slavery movement. Students will create drawings to illustrate the way they think the journey ended for Frederick Douglass.

Michael Lamason
, “The puppet show as assessment.”

Matthew Bernier-  New work in Therapeutic Puppetry scheduled for Malaysia.

Judith O’Hare-  Taking videos of student work (children or teachers);  a short video of
teacher projects from teacher training workshops.