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Special Daylong Workshop: Televised Puppetry Master Class with John Tartaglia


Get a crash course in the craft of televised puppetry in this daylong workshop with professional puppeteer John Tartaglia, the Tony- and Emmy-nominated star of Broadway’s Avenue Q and Disney Channel’s Johnny and the Sprites. Working closely with Tartaglia, participants will have the opportunity to develop characters and voices, interpret scripts, and learn behind-the-scenes secrets and stories. Then, they will stage their own televised puppet show, learning how to use a monitor and camera frame, improvising for the screen, and developing their eye focus and lipsynch skills. This dynamic workshop is open to beginners as well as young people with previous puppetry experience. A mid-morning snack will be provided; participants should bring a bag lunch.

About John Tartaglia

Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia is creator of the Off-Broadway black-light puppet musical ImaginOcean and creator, star, and executive producer of Emmy-nominated Disney preschool series Johnny and the Sprites.

After twelve years as a puppeteer on Sesame Street, John made his Broadway debut as Rod and Princeton in Avenue Q. Other credits include Shrek the Musical (as Pinocchio, The Magic Mirror, and the enormous Dragon puppeteer) and Beauty and the Beast (as Lumière) on Broadway, puppeting for Carnival at City Center Encores, cabaret shows at Feinsteins and Joe’s Pub, and performances at Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic, and the Tribeca Film Festival. His other television work includes children’s series JoJo’s Circus, Bear in the Big Blue House, Animal Jam, Sesame Street 4D, Dog City and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, as well as appearances on the Food Network and Ugly Betty.

Tickets: $75 materials fee / $65 for Red Carpet Kids members. Order online or call 718 777 6800 to reserve tickets. Ages 10+