Puppetry which tells archetypal stories and is ensouled with meaningful gestures, creative speech, beautiful color, textures and set design is such a gift for all of us in the media-saturated world of today. We are so lucky to have an opportunity this summer to be inspired by working together and creating with the following master storytellers and puppeteers:
Janene Ping has been a Waldorf early childhood educator since 1992. She is the creator and artistic director of the Magical Puppet Tree Theatre supporting storytelling and puppetry arts for almost as long. ... She is a faculty member at Sophia's Hearth in New Hampshire, teaches kindergarten at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, and has led courses in puppetry arts for educators throughout the Northeast and in Europe.
Nancy Mellon has been encouraging storytelling as a healing art around the globe for more than thirty years. Her workshops and courses brim with creativity. She is a psychotherapist and former Waldorf teacher whose books are cherished in many countries. Nancy is the author of Storytelling and the Art of Imagination, Storytelling with Children, The Knottles, and Body Eloquence, which won the US Books’ Best Books Award in the field of Alternative Medicine. To learn more see her website.
Jennifer Aguirre lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Sonora, California. She has been teaching and developing a grades puppetry curriculum at the Sierra Waldorf School since 1998 and bringing puppet performances to the kindergarten(s) and festival life of the school since 1993. She has been performing her 8 themed puppet pocket story aprons in a variety of community wide venues for over 20 years and enjoys teaching the puppetry arts to adults. She lives in a restored Gold Rush era home with her husband, and where they raised their two grown children.