Puppets’ Rights Workshop for Educators 

Puppets’ Rights Workshop for Educators: Shadow Puppetry

Friday, February 19, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm

This workshop will offer educators tools for engagement with their students in the classroom on difficult subjects using puppetry techniques.

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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”.

Using the book Martin and Anne based on Dr. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank (written by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg), the first workshop last November utilized toy theater technique and focused our conversation on racial and religious prejudice, and the power of love to overcome hate.

This second workshop will focus on the issue of immigration using the book La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa/My Journey with Papa by Deborah Mills, Alfredo Alva, and Claudia Navarro. Many young people do not know or understand the importance when people decide to leave their home country for another.  This workshop will open dialogue not only on the tough decisions made in leaving ones own country, but the difficulties of being an immigrant in a new country. “I chose this book because this is based on a true story and it describes the lives of immigrants in detail and is understandable to students”.

In the upcoming workshop we will employ the ancient puppetry technique of shadow puppetry. Neda will discuss how one can create a shadow show in the classroom using the book La Frontera with simple materials such as cardboard, straw and a flashlight. So grab these simple materials laying around your house and join us on February 19th at 4pm!

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.