P U P P E T C L U B !
A place for those who love puppets to come together!
Drama of Works is proud to announce that we have received a mini-grant from ART/NY, as a part of their Accessibility Cohort, to embark on a project that's been on our minds for many years now...
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We would like to let you know about PUPPET CLUB, a place where individuals who are "differently-wired" (those with ASD, ID, developmental disabilities, etc.) can meet and discuss their love of puppetry. We see that puppetry (and specifically hand and rod/Muppet-style puppetry) is extremely meaningful in the lives of many of these individuals and we want to give them a space to explore their shared interests and make new connections, relationships, and hopefully friendships.
PUPPET CLUB details...
Our virtual meetings are held over ZOOM
Meetings are typically Friday nights at 7pm
The next meeting will discuss puppetry design, sound, voices, and other aspects of creating a piece of puppet art!
Potential members must be "differently-wired" and at least 14 years of age (parents/guardians are welcome to attend as well of course)
Email us for more specific details!
If you're wondering if you or someone you know might be a suitable CLUB MEMBER, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!
If you're pretty sure you are a good candidate - go ahead and fill out our APPLICATION FORM!
Every meeting includes mingling, singalongs, puppet/art show and tells, and watching puppet videos, with a special activity each time. Members will have a say in what goes on for each meeting.
CLUB founding member Marty Dworkis
A recent ZOOM club meeting...
Puppet Club is lead by DOW Artistic Director Drama of Works Gretchen Van Lente who has over 15 years of experience as a teaching artist with children with special needs. She also holds a Masters in Education for Special Education and has worked for five years in the New York City Public School system as a theater teacher in District 75.