Judith O’Hare

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Puppetry in Education and Therapy:Schools, senior centers, hospitals, churches; explore new places to share your skills and talents

Applied Puppetry: Puppetry in Education and Therapy: schools. Senior centers, hospitals, churches, social service events etc. new places to share skills and expertise Description: Exploring Applied Puppetry; the variety of places and events that teaching artists and therapist can use their skills and expertise. Marketing to social services programs, churches, hospitals, prisons, immigration sites , international programs etc….. Applied puppetry is opening doors to puppeteers who have talent, skills and the desire to find new venues for working with puppets other than pure entertainment. ( Although all puppetry is entertaining!!!!!)

Judith has been a Teaching Artist and performer and past chairperson for the Puppetry in  Education and Therapy committee. She has planned and implemented the “Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist” for Regional and National Festivals for the past 15 years and has worked to bring attention and prestige to those puppeteers who work in the area of education and therapy. She is the co-editor, with Matthew Bernier, of “Puppetry in Education and Therapy: Unlocking Doors to the Mind and Heart.” She is Corresponding member of the  the UNIMA International Education committee .

She has been a touring artist and teacher trainer and developed a unique style of Toy Theater using Pop-up Scenery. She has trained teachers in Kenya, Tanzania, Calgary, Canada, Hong Kong and across the US. She is a recipient of the Marjorie Batchelder award for Puppetry in Education.