2022sat26nov(nov 26)10:00 amsun27(nov 27)12:30 pmPUPPET MAKING w/ NORTH BARN THEATRE CONEXT GEN THEATRE PROJECT - FREE!10:00 am - 12:30 pm (27) REGISTERMORE INFOEvent TypeSpecial Event,Theatre,Workshop


26 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 12:30 pm



Event Details

CARDBOARD CONSTRUCTION: An introduction to puppet building – FREE!

Sat. Nov. 26  & Sun. Nov. 27 from 10am-12:30pm
LOCATION: King’s Theatre
Puppeteers Laura Stinson and Ian McFarlane will facilitate this workshop that involves sculpting, weaving, wiring, cutting, stringing and stapling cardboard to make puppets and masks. These techniques are used to make both small and large scale puppet structures that are finished with cardboard mache. In two x 2.5 hour sessions participants will be led through puppet building techniques from design to use.
Please Note: This workshop involves the use of sharp tools.

Laura Stinson (she/her) crafts images from both found and traditional materials. These creations become narratives, characters and atmospheres in a variety of theatrical spectacles. She began her career in puppetry with Bread and Puppet Theater in 2016 where she apprenticed under Peter Schumann and has continued to develop her puppet manipulation and construction with Mermaid Theatre (NS, Canada), Compagnie Arketal (Cannes, France) and Compagnie Coatimundi (Châteaurenard, France). In 2017 she collaborated with Noella Murphy and Julia Walker to form A Road Less Graveled Productions, which has performed puppet shows at art festivals throughout Nova Scotia. After four years working as a touring member and subsequent resident puppeteer for Bread and Puppet, Laura co-founded The North Barn Theatre Collective in 2020. She currently lives and makes art in Mi’kma’ki.



Ian McFarlane (he/his) is a maker, performer and community advocate whose multifaceted practice of landscape poetics, junkyard theatrics, and performative alchemy explores the unexpected correspondence between the performing body and the performing of the world. Expanding on the disciplines of puppetry, ecoscenography and sensory ethnography as foundations for creative inquiry, Ian creates works for the theatre, outdoor spectacles and community-led projects. Recent artistic activities include: Late Night Radio with the North Barn Theatre Collective (2020), workshop facilitation at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space with The Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, set design for Playmaking with The Ship’s Company Theatre (2020), and Resident Puppeteer with Bread and Puppet Theater 2019-2020, including an international performance of The Honey Let’s Go Home Opera at the 2019 Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes. Ian received an MFA in Contemporary Art from Simon Fraser University in 2018, is a co-producer of The River Clyde Pageant and a co-creator of The North Barn Theatre Collective.


Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

THE NEXT GEN THEATRE PROJECT is an initiative of King’s Theatre. We will be offering a series of free workshops in the coming months for both adults and youth that will build on the community’s passion for creating theatre. The aim is to celebrate diversity, resilience & belonging in Kespukwitk. The project is supported by Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemoration Program, Reopening Fund.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.



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