Puppetry links the visual, performing and musical arts together in a fun and exciting way.

The Bee Skep Puppetry Program – led by Jonathan Edward Cross, a/k/a “Jonny Clockworks” of Bee Skep Puppet Theatre – serves Concord and greater New Hampshire, through classes, camps, and workshops. Our classes aim to inspire and empower students to create original works. From conception, through construction and performance, our students learn to hone their skills and develop works using a range of creative craft and theatrical techniques. Most of the classes will culminate in a theatrical performance opportunity. 

Bee Skep Junior PuppetMasters
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Session 2: April 2 – May 28, 2024
Ages 6-12

Join our crew of Junior PuppetMasters! Learn to build and bring to life a range of wildly inventive puppets, and create worlds straight out of your imagination. Puppetry combines the visual, musical, and theatrical arts unlike any other art form. From shadow puppets, to hand puppets, to rod puppetry, to marionettes, you’ll hone your skills by making a fun, playful, puppetry project each term. Using colorful paper, cardboard, cloth, papier-mâché, and everyday objects, each term will add to your level of mastery. No experience necessary. Tuition includes all materials.

Puppetry Arts Workshop (For Adults)
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM
April 1 – May 6, 2024 (no class 4/22)

Learn the art of Puppetry! In these weekly workshops you will learn the history and how-tos of puppet theatre from across the globe. From shadow puppets, to hand puppets, to rod-puppets, to paper theatre, and marionettes, each class will focus on a facet of the world of puppetry, giving you the knowledge to create your own works. From construction to control of the puppet, this general course will expose you to all aspects of the art, and will culminate in a chance to create and perform an original puppetry performance. No experience necessary. Tuition includes all materials.

About The Bee Skep Puppet Theatre

The Bee Skep Puppet Theatre is a professional company that aims to tell tales that explore humanity’s interconnectedness, celebrate community, and illuminate our place in the natural world. It seeks to transform base materials into spiritual gold, as the bee transforms plant pollen into golden honey that feeds and sustains the hive, and the world.

About the Instructor

Jonathan Edward Cross, (a/k/a “Jonny ClockWorks”) returned to his native New Hampshire following a 33-year theatre career in NYC. His Cosmic Bicycle Theatre company and The ClockWorks Puppet Theatre were recipients of several Jim Henson Foundation Grants, and UNIMA-USA award for excellence in puppet theater, an Off-off Broadway Review Award, and a PIF Award overseas.