This is an opportunity to learn directly from Patrick Martel, an expert in the field of puppeteer. Participants will have a hands experience, while being guided through techniques using the actual puppets from the performance.

Skill Level: Intermediate to professional.

Patrick has been working as a puppeteer as well as puppet and set designer for over 20 years now. His work was seen in many theater plays, including_ À nous deux!, with Théâtre de l’Avant-Pays_, for which he won a commendation from the Arylen Award Society, recognizing excellence in puppet design around the world, He collaborated with Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, designing the sets, costumes and puppets for the production Don Quixote. He created puppets for a number of television programs (like_ 1, 2, 3… Géant!_), as for a variety of shows that toured the world In 2000, he started teaching classes at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2012 and 2013, he was head of the postgraduate diploma in Puppetry, at the same institution. He recently designed and directed a puppet performance for a multimedia installation created by Victor Pilon and Michel Lemieux, that is to open in 2017, for Montreal’s 375th anniversary. He is now designing the puppets for a large scale touring show for Cirque du Soleil.