The Puppet Arts are a crossroads of many disciplines. Virtually all of the arts and many of the humanities and sciences feed directly into the form that is referred to as Puppetry. The students in The University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program serve as good examples of this wide and varied field. In our graduate program we have had students with undergraduate degrees in English Literature, Music, Acting, Technical Theatre, Graphic Arts, Sculpture, costuming, Political Science and Religion/Philosophy.
MA in Puppet Arts
The MA in Puppetry requires a minimum of 30 credits, which are composed of a set of core courses in Puppet Arts plus electives from other areas of Dramatic Arts or other UConn departments. The program is focused on preparing the student for professional work in the Puppet Arts. Selection of courses is based on the student’s previous study and experience and in response to personal goals and future employment. Classroom instruction offers the student practice in theory, history, conception, scripting, design, mechanics, fabrication with a variety of materials, and performance with different puppet types. Production work provides practical experience with performance styles, materials, and production development. Completion of the MA normally requires two years.
MFA in Puppet Arts
The M.F.A. in Puppetry program is focused on preparing students for becoming creative and forward-thinking leaders in the Puppet Arts and requires a minimum of 60 credits. Classroom instruction offers the student practice in theory, history, conception, scripting, design, mechanics, fabrication with a variety of materials, and performance with different puppet types. Production work provides practical experience with performance styles, materials, and production development. The M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years and culminates in a final M.F.A. project.
Past Final Projects of the M.F.A. degree in Puppetry have included: Single Creator productions including design, fabrication, performance and directorial responsibilities; Collaborative Creator productions where two or more candidates share responsibilities for design, fabrication, scripting, direction and/or performance; Design projects serving a Connecticut Repertory Theater production; Productions offered as films or internet presentations; and Events intended to be presented in “found” locations from the Street to the Stage.
Course of Study for the MA and MFA Puppetry
- DRAM 3611 Trends in Contemporary American Puppet Theatre
- DRAM 5131 Studies in Theatre History
- DRAM 5159 Practicum in Puppet Arts
- DRAM 5189 Field Studies in Puppet Arts
- DRAM 5190 Internship in Puppet Arts
- DRAM 5192 (A) Advanced Rod Puppet Theatre
- DRAM 5192 (B) Advanced Mask Theatre
- DRAM 5192 (C) Advanced Hand Puppet Theatre
- DRAM 5192 (D) Advanced Shadow Theatre
- DRAM 5192 (E) Independent Study in Puppet Arts
- DRAM 5196 (A) MFA Project in Puppet Arts
- DRAM 5196 (B) Puppet Arts MFA: Design
- DRAM 5196 (C) Puppet Arts MFA: Scriptwriting
- DRAM 5196 (D) Puppet Arts MFA: Technical Design
- DRAM 5196 (E) Puppet Arts MFA: Construction
- DRAM 5196 (F) Puppet Arts MFA: Direction