Summer Intensive

About the program

Summer Intensive Training in Puppetry
July 5th - 18th, 2020

Sandglass Theater offers a two-week intensive workshop in Puppet Theater. This program is for puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet.

The Method

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet unlocks doors to our more secret sides, integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, leading to the metaphorical possibilities of theater and to some outrageous comedy.

Classes during the intensive will be scheduled for five and a half days per week. Daily sessions will include body training and breath development with relation to puppet performance, training in manipulation technique and its relation to artistic statement, and in materials and their metaphorical implications.

We use devised creative techniques in which narratives and physical scores originate from active work by participants. Guided improvisations lead to development of work that stresses ensemble creation and directing techniques for Puppet Theater. Participants will also receive open workshop time for puppet building. The program will include some evening and weekend sessions with Sandglass company members and guests on a variety of subjects. Guided creations may be presented to an informal public audience.

The Faculty

Eric Bass, Institute Director: Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater and recipient of 5 Citations of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA).
Ines Zeller Bass, Instructor: Co-Founder of Sandglass Theater and director of Sandglass Theater’s children’s programs. UNIMA Citation winner.
Shoshana Bass, Instructor: Co-Artistic Director and Ensemble performer at Sandglass Theater.
Jana Zeller, Instructor: Producer and Artist with Sandglass Theater.

Location and housing

The Site

The Sandglass Summer Intensive will take place at Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont. Our intimate 60 seat theater is housed in a beautifully restored barn from the early part of the 20th century. Recently renovated to included a fully accessable lobby, with ramp for wheelchair access, the Sandglass facilities offer ample space to train, build, rehearse, and perform.

Summer is a wonderful time to be in Southern Vermont. Putney is a walkable small town that sits on the banks of the Connecticut river. Along with several places to eat affordably, there’s also a fantastic local co-op for groceries, an historic General Store and deli, plenty of hiking trails, and local swimming holes.


Housing is arranged by Sandglass Theater in beautiful Putney near the theater and workshop. Participants are housed together in double rooms and breakfast is included. Single rooms are not available.


Weekday evening meals for all participants are provided by the excellent cooks at our local Co-op. The meal at the end of the day is an opportunity for conversation and connection that is an important part of the training. Special food needs are considered so that everyone is able to be a part of these meals.


You may be eligible to receive financial support in the form of a grant or bursary from government agencies, foundations or other supporters in your own country. Please apply to them directly.

If you are a Vermont resident and are interested in the training to further support your professional life then you are eligible for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Vermont Non-Degree Grant. For further information go to



Fee for Intensive: $1400
Housing $450
Monday – Friday evening communal meal (10 days) $125

A $500 deposit holds your space in the Intensive upon acceptance and the balance of the Intensive fee plus additional housing costs (if applicable) are due at registration.


Putney, Vermont is a rural location without direct public transportation. The closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT.

Sandglass arranges pick up and drop off from there and participants split the cost of transportation. If you are traveling by train your destination is Brattleboro, VT and Sandglass will coordinate pick up and drop off at the station. There is ample parking at the theater if you plan to drive.


Please send the completed application by May 15 including a statement of interest and $30 non- refundable application fee to:

Sandglass Theater
PO Box 970,
Putney, VT 05346

Checks can be made out to Sandglass Theater and sent through the mail. Electronic payment options are available. Please contact if you prefer to use a credit card or electronic payment method.