Puppets’ Rights Workshop for Educators
Friday, March 26, 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.
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.
The second workshop focused 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 and opened dialogue on the tough decisions made in leaving ones own country, and the difficulties of being an immigrant in a new country.
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.