Puppets’ Rights Workshop for Educators
Monday, November 9, 2020
4:00pm – 5:00pm
In this workshop, Neda Izadi will explore issues of diversity and inclusion, and
offer educators tools for engagement in the classroom using puppetry techniques.
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– learn how to make your own puppets
– learn shadow & toy theatre techniques
Puppetry is a proven technique in education and has been used to teach a variety of topics to children of all ages in school and through media. Neda Izadi, workshop creator and facilitator says, “puppetry is a combination of visual and performing arts and students can have fun creating a character with simple materials such as cardboard, pipe cleaners, and paper bowls. Students can then bring the character to life on the stage and give them personalities with different races, religion or culture and perform the show. I sincerely believe the students would have more sympathy with the characters they make with their own hands”.
The first workshop on November 9th, will use Martin and Anne by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg. The story is based on two well-known heroes in history, Dr. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank and brings to the fore conversations of racial and religious prejudice, and the power to overcome hate through love.
Neda Izadi received her B.F.A of puppetry from the University of Sooreh, Tehran in 2010. Born in Tehran, Iran, Neda moved to the United States to study puppetry in the department of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut in 2017. She graduated with an M.F.A in Drama with a focus on Puppetry in 2020. She began working with Dodd Impact in July 2020 on human rights educational workshops for high school teachers and students.