Puppets and Puppet Theatre
by David Currell
Puppets and Puppet Theatre contains everything one needs to know to progress from a beginner's level to a high standard of artistry. Puppeteer David Currell concentrates on designing, making, and performing with the main types of puppets, offering detailed information on: the nature and heritage of puppet theater; the anatomy of a puppet and its design and structure; materials and methods for sculpting, modeling, and casting puppet parts; step-by-step instructions for constructing marionettes as well as glove, hand, rod, and shadow puppets; and the control and manipulation of all these types of puppets. The author then covers: staging principles, stage and scenery design, and construction methods; principles of lighting and sound as well as their equipment and techniques; and the basics of producing a show. Lavishly illustrated and filled with expert tips and insights, this is a must-have book for anyone drawn to the magical world of puppets and puppet theater.

Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects
by John Bell (Editor)
Puppets and masks are central to some of the oldest worldwide forms of art making and performance, as well as some of the newest. In the twentieth century, French symbolists, Russian futurists and constructivists, Prague School semioticians, and avant-garde artists around the world have all explored the experimental, social, and political value of performing objects. In recent years, puppets, masks, and objects have been the focus of Broadway musicals, postmodernist theory, political spectacle, performance art, and new academic programs, for example, at the California Institute of the Arts. This volume, which originally appeared as a special issue of TDR/The Drama Review, looks at puppets, masks, and other performing objects from a broad range of perspectives. The topics include Stephen Kaplin''s new theory of puppet theater based on distance and ratio, a historical overview of mechanical and electrical performing objects, a Yiddish puppet theater of the 1920s and 1930s, an account of the Bread and Puppet Theater''s Domestic Resurrection Circus and a manifesto by its founder, Peter Schumann, and interviews with director Julie Taymor and Peruvian mask-maker Gustavo Boada. The book also includes the first English translation of Pyotr Bogatyrev''s influential 1923 essay on Czech and Russian puppet and folk theaters.

John Bell teaches drama and performance at Rhode Island School of Design and New York University. He is a member of the Great Small Works Theater Collective and has worked with Bread and Puppet Theater for many years.

The Muppets Make Puppets!/Book and Puppet Kit: How to Make Puppets Out of All Kinds of Stuff Around Your House
by Cheryl Henson, David Cain (Illustrator), John E. Barrett (Illustrator), Muppet work
Winner 1996 Early Childhood News Awards. Includes materials to make puppets with, such as googly eyes, etc.

Jim Henson: The Works: The Art, the Magic, the Imagination
by Christopher Finch, Charles S. Finch, Jim Henson
The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic nightclubs and homes to experimental films. 500 color illustrations.

The Complete Book of Puppetry
by George Latshaw

Marionettes: How to Make and Work Them
by Helen Fling, Charles Forbell (Illustrator)

Puppets: Methods and Materials
by Cedric Flower, Alan Jon Fortney (Contributor)

The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Puppeteer
by Roger Lade, Rob Shone (Illustrator)

The Foam Book: An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets
by Drew Allison, Donald Devet
Whether you're a beginner to the world of puppet making or an experienced professional puppeteer, The Foam Book was written with you in mind. This easy guide to designing and building your own polyfoam puppets will take you step-by-step through the creative process.
Along the way you'll pick up tips and tricks to make the puppet building experience as carefree as possible.

The Foam Book is not just a guide to puppet construction but a useful resource of suppliers of hard to find puppet-making materials.
Inside you'll find:
* Two sure-fire methods for making a puppet head.
* A grocery list of features to consider for your character.
* Detailed descriptions for making any body parts imaginable.
* Special sections on creating animals and fantastic creatures.
* Suggestions for materials and coverings.
* Over 100 photos and drawings.

About the Author
Drew Allison is the founder and president of Grey Seal Puppets. He is involved in all phases of production including writing, building, designing and performing.

For over twenty years, Drew has performed regularly on television and stage including such venues as The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Detroit Institute of Art and The Philadephia Museum of Art.

In 1994 Drew was awarded the President's Award by The Puppeteers of America for outstanding achievement in the art of puppetry. In 1998, his original production of BATHTUB PIRATES was awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of The Puppeteers of America.

Donald Devet is a web producer and freelance writer, producer and performer in New York City.

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