"The Power of Silly": Puppetry as a Tool for Transformation
Puppeteer and Educator Jesse Stong offers a participatory workshop on the physical and psychological fundamentals of puppetry performance. Sharing reflections from his thesis experiment- the 200-hour non-stop puppet show - Jesse facilitates an opportunity for participants to bring a puppet to life while also learning interesting findings from practices of object performance. Through simple hands-on activities, participants will begin to explore the uncanny art of breathing life into the inanimate world.
Jesse Stong is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. An award-winning educator, specializing in teaching performance, writing, and puppetry, he was recently Lead Puppeteer/Manager of Children’s Programming for media-giant WatchMojo.com. In 2018, he completed the third iteration of his popular performance-art piece LovePuppets (a durational street-puppet show). He continues to be the proud director of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Young Creators Unit, where he has mentored over 85 emerging theatre artists over the last four years. He is currently directing/producing a new digital media project for kids, a puppet series about internet ethics and identity.