Class Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5 (plus student showcase Nov 9th)
Time: 7PM – 8:30M
Instructors: Josh Cohen & Tamra Malaga
Do you love puppets? Do you love long-form improv? This workshop teaches puppetry manipulation, character development and long-form puppet performance improvisation. • Learn the basics of hand and rod “Muppet style” puppetry • Vocal characterization • Improvisational scene work with your new puppet character. Students will have a better understanding of how to become the character they are playing and will be able to apply these teachings to their work in the world of acting, improv, puppetry and beyond. The experimentation of puppetry can be used as a means to free the artist or performer and help create interesting characters. You will have a blast and walk away with your very own practice puppet and a new found skill. Followed by a puppet long-form improv class performance. This class is open for adults & ages 15+. Class taught by Josh Cohen & Tamra Malaga
Week 1: Introduction to puppetry and basics of hand and rod “muppet style” puppetry. Puppetry Manipulation exercises.
Week 2: Vocal Characterization & Character Development and puppet interaction
Week 3: Introduction to improv and basics of yes and. Work on improv exercises with and without puppets.
Week 4: Long-form Improvisation scene work with puppets. Using different improv structures/exercises.
Week 5: Develop team building with your puppet & work on long-form puppet improv show structure
Week 6: Students rehearse for class performance with their new found knowledge of puppetry and long-form improvisation.
Class Performance: Improv scene work with puppets. A student will get a 1 word suggestion to begin the performance.
About the Instructors
Tamra Malaga has received training from Chicago’s Improv Olympic‘s, Charna Halpern, as well as the original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater: Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts & Armando Diaz. She worked as a graphic designer & daytime assistant / box office for UCBT NY & performed in several productions at the UCBT NY, most notably a proud alumni of the UCB’s house Harold Teams, Team C.H.U.D. & The Joe Ross Tribe (with Shannon O’Neill & Chris Gethard, Coach: John Ross Bowie). Tamra frequently performed on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, hosted on an on-line series on AOL.com’s,”The DL, and the on-line talk show Nominated for a, “STREAMY AWARD, called Monkey News Source, on TheStream.TV, in LA. For the past 20 years Tamra has been teaching & performing Long-Form Improv & Sketch comedy on stage, film & TV.
Josh Cohen began his career in 1995 as a professional puppeteer, film and television actor. In the early 2000’s, Josh was the proud proprietor of a NYC pop-up comedy space called, “FREAKS LOCAL 413 STORE FRONT THEATER.” There he hosted NYCs top improv, sketch and standup comedy acts.Josh trained with the UCB 4’s Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler. Josh is a proud alumni of the UCB’s house Harold Teams – My Kickass Van. He was also the resident puppeteer and costume character performer on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
The story of The Josh and Tamra Show began in 1999 when Josh Cohen began his career in as a professional Muppeteer for The Jim Henson Company, as well as a film and television actor. Josh met Tamra while performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Their 20 year partnership as improv, sketch puppet comedy duo, The Josh and Tamra Show, has resulted in the duo headlining improv comedy festivals all over the US and Canada, where they perform and teach their unique brand of long-form puppet improv comedy. Josh has toured the world teaching and performing puppetry for the Muppets. Notable performances have included work on Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House (tour and TV), Old Dogs (starring opposite Bernie Mac, Robin Williams and John Travolta), and Muppetfest. The duo are now married and live in the NYC area with their two amazing (and talented kids).