File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 130

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 12:17:51 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] the most masterful puppeteers


I think a lot of that depends on whom you have seen,
I noticed that Stephen's list left out an awful lot of
European performers, directors, etc. that are truly
what I would consider Masters of their profession.

It is also who is looking at the theatre.
What one person likes personally will mark
who they think are truly the masters.

If you are not a fan of Object Theatre, you are
less likely to have seen the performers/builders/directors
from that genre, so how could you judge it.

What defines a Master.  Until quite recently the
Art form was an Apprentice learning system.
Now you can actually get a Masters degree in Puppetry.
There are so many different areas of puppetry and ways
of approaching it that Mastery becomes very subjective.

Perhaps the question should be who are some of your
favorite "Masters" of Puppetry.

Although there are many I have seen that I might strive
to accomplish their success in some their special area, I
have not been lucky enough to see many Masters, as I understand
the definition.

That is not to say I have not seen many Puppeteers who are my
better in one area or another or even on the whole.
And I have certainly have been fortunate to learn from some of
the greats, at least in my eyes.

Sometimes the Mastery is on the Entertainment Value coupled with
fine Puppet manipulation.

Just my two cents on the subject.

K. Elizabeth Evans, President & Artistic Director
Renaissance Artist Puppet Company
Company performing -AT-
The Montgomery County Cultural Center
208 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA

Renaissance Artist Puppet Company's
mission is to promote excellence in puppetry as a
Theatrical art form and as an Educational tool by incorporating
historical and cultural diversity along with quality performance
techniques to tell our stories.
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