About Paper Monkey Puppetry Masterclass
Paper Monkey Masterclass started from the urgent need to address the dwindling number of puppeteers and artists who possesses puppetry skill sets in Singapore, which greatly places this art form at risk of losing its relevance.
Our Masterclass seeks to provide foundational training for puppetry to arts practitioners, with a focus on it as a core discipline. It hopes to sustain its relevance by inspiring more practitioners to develop a love and deep passion for puppetry, and to encourage the production of more puppetry works thereafter, and for the future generations to gain access to this art form.
What Can You Achieve?
Masterclass focuses on a specific form of puppetry every year. This year, we are launching classes for ‘Traditional Chinese Hand Puppetry’.
Participants will sit through 8 – 10 lessons with mix of theory and practical sessions that introduce its history, manipulation techniques, logic and skills of puppet building and making, as well as movement planning. For a holistic learning experience, the course will end off with practical application of skills acquired during the masterclass through participating in a Paper Monkey’s main season production happening in September 2022 (subject to changes).
Participants will receive a separate agreement for their participation in a main season production.
Interested applicants need not have experience in puppetry, however, should have at least 2 years of relevant performing arts or theatre training, as well as a deep passion for the performing arts.
Please still write-in to us if you do not have the above-mentioned experience.
Interested applicants may email your CV + letter of interest to us. We will contact you shortly for an interview.
A letter of agreement will be issued to masterclass participants upon successful application.
A total of 8 – 10 applicants will be selected to participate in Masterclass 2022.
14th January 2021: Application opens
18th February 2021: Application closes
21st – 28th February: Interview + selection
Mid-March Successful applicants will be contacted
7th Apr – 9th Jun: Masterclass Traditional Chinese Hand Puppetry
No course fee required. However, participants are advised to enrol with a commitment to the class schedule an open mind throughout the course. A $300 deposit will be paid before class commences and returned after it ends.
Tentative Programme Outline and Schedule
Participants should be committed to make themselves available, particularly during the masterclass training period from week 1 – 10. The number of classes (8 – 10 sessions) are subjected to changes based on the pace, progress and the needs of the participants.