Making Connections Through Puppetry: Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Friday, Aug 12 at 4:00 PM
Join us this summer at MoMI for Making Connections through Puppetry: Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, presented by WonderSpark Puppets. Making Connections Through Puppetry is a two-part professional development workshop series that teaches educators, therapists, counselors, and parents how to use puppets when working with neurodiverse children, including those on the autism spectrum. Puppetry can be used as an effective learning tool and bridge for communication and motivation. Participants who have taken these workshops have gone on to use the skills that they learn to support child development and student IEPs, including joint attention, functional pretend play, social/emotional learning, empathy, de-escalation, impulse control, emotional regulation, language learning, and more.
Led by professional puppeteer and Jim Henson Foundation Manager Lindsey “Z.” Briggs, participants will learn the basics of puppetry performance and technique as well as discuss ways to utilize puppets to make connections with children, especially those who can be hard to reach, and build bridges of trust, kindness, and joy. Each participant will receive a unique customized puppet to use throughout the workshop along with a finger puppet.
Sessions for this workshop will run Friday, July 29 and Friday, August 12, from 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Participants will be eligible to receive 5 CTLE hours for attending both 2 ½-hour sessions.
Lindsey “Z.” Briggs is the voice of Foley, the host of The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley and Friends, nominated for a 2021 Audie Young Listeners Award and now in its second season on Audible. Her work with Sesame Street also includes the role of foster monster mom Dalia in Season 51 Karli’s Life Box and in Sesame Street in Communities Foster Care Initiative. Z. recently performed background character work and right hand and props assisting in the second season of the Apple TV+ show Helpsters. She has performed as the puppet version of Cardi B for Atlantic Records, Lottie Lamb in three seasons of Seemore’s Playhouse (PBS Kids), and a dance-loving octopus for Moby’s music video I Like to Move in Here. Z. was invited to participate in two Sesame Street Performer Workshops in 2018 and 2006.
Z.’s innovative professional development course for educators, counselors and therapists working with students of all abilities with a special emphasis on neurodivergence, Making Connections Through Puppetry, has empowered hundreds of professionals and parents to learn how to use puppets when working with these populations. This innovative program originated through the Jim Henson Foundation and is supported by the Museum of the Moving Image. Making Connections Through Puppetry has received funding from The Kennedy Center VSA Program Sites and Next for Autism.
Z. is co-artistic director of WonderSpark Puppets performing puppet theater shows throughout New York City and beyond for children and families. She attended the MFA Puppet Arts program at the University of Connecticut and has been a guest lecturer and educator at Carnegie-Mellon and Yale University.