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Puppetry: Squallis Puppeteers



Jess Myers, Carrie Christensen, and Nora Christensen—the originators of Louisville’s Squallis Puppeteers theater company—discuss their backgrounds, provide some history of puppetry, and cite their sources of inspiration. Their creations use dramatic and visual art elements to explore political and social issues in public spaces. The three also give some background information regarding influences on their work, including Japanese bunraku puppet theater, Rjasthani puppetry from India, and the Bread & Puppet Theatre Company from Vermont.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artists’ methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art. What are students’ experiences with puppets: largely to entertain or, as in the case of Sesame Street, to teach basic skills? How is this similar or different to the intentions of the Squallis Puppeteers?
  • Compare and contrast the art of puppetry in various cultures, using the “Japan: Bunraku” segment on the Aspects of Drama DVD in the Drama Arts Toolkit, 2nd edition.
  • Use the segment as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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