Been meaning to get a blog started for Monkeybear since we began last year, and finally doing it a year later! This pic is from our first day of our first Intensive last summer, August 2016. Andrew Kim is an amazing workshop leader! He had us balance a bamboo stick on the tip of a finger to learn about focus. If we focused well, we balanced better: importance of total focus on the puppet. One of the many things we learned last night. I couldn't get everyone in the photo, but in the pic is Kathy Haddad, Sha cage, Jordan Hamilton, Kenji Okumura, Charissa Uemura, Eric Avery (he was just visiting, he's already an amazing puppeteer!), Brenda Bell Brown, Andrew Young, May Lee Yang, Selah, Salyy Nixon and Lil' Mike.
Monkeybear Summer Puppet Performance Intensive is a 7-day long intensive on the fundamentals of puppet performance so we can have more Native and POC puppeteers. Puppetry is so white here in the U.S., we're trying to change that!!!
08/11/2016 Sha, May and Jordan bringing a piece of fabric to life....
08/11/2016 Eric Avery talking about object/abstract puppetry, he's an amazing Advisory Board Member!