Teachers Institute

The SETC Teachers Institute is an all-day seminar that is designed for teachers and directors of theatre arts, teachers who use or integrate theatre techniques into their classroom teaching experience, and students studying to be theatre educators. In-Service, Continuing Education Credits and/or Professional Development documentation is offered. Contact info@setc.org for more information.

11th Annual Teachers Institute

The Power of Puppet Play: Transformation for the Classroom and the Stage

Presented by Aretta Baumgartner from the Center for Puppetry Arts

Thank you to Aretta Baumgartner and everyone who attended the 2016 Teachers Institute for gathering together to create a successful event full of fun, learning and puppets!

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What Is a Puppet?
"Stretch your definition of puppetry. Consider anything you can pick up and bring to life."
                                                                                                                                              Aretta Baumgartner

We are hard-wired to tell stories through objects. Beginning with the earliest humans using sticks, stones, shadows and articulated skulls to overcome barriers of language, and continuing through today with artists and educators using thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed figures and masks, we all have it in us to be successful puppeteers! Kermit the Frog, Yoda, Joey (the War Horse), Kate Monster (and the other residents of Avenue Q), Howdy Doody and scores of other unique puppets that spring from our own imaginations can help us share the stories of the worlds inside and around us in creative and meaningful ways.

Aretta’s day-long seminar engaged participants in understanding puppetry’s history and purpose, in learning how to craft puppets and use them effectively, and in discovering the transformative power of puppet play.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is the premier training program for puppetry for all ages in the US. Its mission is to “inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry.” The Center has focused on Performance, Education and its Museum for 36 years. Today it is the largest American non-profit organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theatre. It serves as headquarters for the American branch of the international puppetry organization Union International de la Marionnette, the oldest theatre organization in the world. Visit www.puppet.org  for more information.

Aretta BaumgartnerAretta Baumgartner

Aretta Baumgartner’s career in theatre, music, movement and PUPPETRY combined with her teaching experience led her to the Center for Puppetry Arts in 2011. 

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Professional Development Credits

Contact SETC Central Office for more information on continuing education units and/or professional development documentation. Contact your local education agency or fine arts coordinator in your county to find out what you need to qualify for Professional Development Credits. SETC will provide documentation on your participation.

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Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc.

1175 Revolution Mill Drive, Studio 14

Greensboro, NC 27405

Phone 336-272-3645

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