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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film" Returns May 19th - May 23rd

The Department of Media Arts and the Department of Dance and Theatre at the University of North Texas will once again co-host the "Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film" Workshop.

Now in its third year this unique workshop will be held May 19th to May 23rd and is sponsored in part by

Attendees will learn to conceptualize, design and build professional quality puppets by creating their own camera-ready character under the leadership of Dallas-area resident and master puppet builder Pasha Romanowski. His puppets have been featured in hit television and web series across Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He is also the creator of Project and

In addition attendees will learn manipulation, performance and scene-work from Jim Henson Company trained veterans Peter Linz and Noel MacNeal.

Peter Linz has performed in film, theatre and television, in programs such as "Between the Lions" and "Bear in the Big Blue House". Among his best known characters is Walter from the 2011 Disney film "The Muppets" and 2014’s "Muppets Most Wanted". Peter is also long-time Muppet Performer on "Sesame Street" and was an original Broadway cast member of the hit musical "Avenue Q".

Noel MacNeal’s career spans over thirty years and includes a long history of roles in both film and television including programs including "Between the Lions", "Sesame Street", "Eureka’s Castle" as well as his breakout role of Bear in "Bear in the Big Blue House". Noel MacNeal has also been featured on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver.

“You would be surprised how many puppetry workshops exist. But very few bring together such high level experts in one place.” says lead workshop coordinator, James. M. Martin, a faculty member with the University Of North Texas Department Of Media Arts. He and fellow coordinators Mario Tooch and Adam Chamberlin, both faculty members in the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre, wanted to bring a truly unique art and performance experience to the North Texas area.

The "Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop" is an intensive experience that packs character development, design, physical manipulation of puppets and acting with puppets into four and a half days.

Registration and Attendance Fees 

$1350.00 -   General Registration: Includes performance and building sessions, puppet building materials and welcome reception. Please note that all general registration attendees must pre-register. 

$800.00 - Student Registration: Must be a currently enrolled college or university student in good standing. Must provide proof of enrollment and letter of recommendation. Contact us for more details. Student attendees Must be at least 18 years of age. 

For more info contact: 
James M. Martin,
Workshop Coordinator
CLICK HERE to register online or
CLICK HERE to visit Beyond the Sock's website 

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