Profession puppeteer

Puppeteers perform shows by manipulating puppets such as hand puppets or marionettes. Their performance is based on a script and the movements of the puppets have to be synchronised with the speech and music. Puppeteers may write their own scripts and design and create their own puppets.

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Skills

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    Speak for an audience with the expression of rhythm and vocal technique. Take care that articulation and voice projection are appropriate to the character or text. Make sure that you are heard without compromising your health: prevent fatigue and vocal strain, breathing problems and vocal cord problems.

  • Cope with stage fright

    Deal with conditions that cause stage fright, such as time limits, the audience and stress.

  • Perform live

    Perform in front of live audiences.

  • Interpret performance concepts in the creative process

    Learn and research a part, in personal and collective research and rehearsal, build an acting performance respecting the concept of the show.

  • Develop puppet shows

    Develop shows with puppets.

  • Memorise lines

    Memorise your role in a performance or broadcast, whether it is text, movement, or music.

  • Engage the audience emotionally

    Create an emotional connection with the audience through your performance. Engage the audience with sadness, humour, anger, any other emotion, or a combination thereof, and let them share your experience.

  • Accept feedback on artistic performance

    Accept feedback, proposed discussions and avenues of exploration about the precision of movements, rhythm, musicality, precision of the performance, interaction with peers and stage elements, areas requiring improvement. Take feedback into account to develop the potential as performer. Note the choreographers/repetiteur/dance master instructions, the instructions of other collaborators (dramaturge, performers/dancers peers, musicians, etc.) assuring being in the same page with direction team.

  • Adapt to different roles

    Adapt to different roles in a play, regarding the styles, ways of acting and aesthetics.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Manipulate puppets

    Manipulate puppets by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics or directly by his or her own hands placed inside the puppet or holding it externally, so as to create the illusion of life.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform for young audiences participate in artistic mediation activities play musical instruments design puppets practice dance moves work within communities sing sew puppet clothing manage artistic career collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions manage artistic project show intercultural awareness work in an international environment create puppets perform music solo perform music in ensemble