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About puppeteer Alice Nelson:

Alice Nelson is an actor, playwright, director, producer, puppeteer, improviser and clown based in Calgary. She holds an MFA in ensemble created theatre from Dell’Arte Physical Theatre School in California. She has written and toured three solo shows and co-created productions regarding social and political issues. She has been an artist-in-residency with Quest Theatre, Trickster Theatre and Evergreen Theatre; creating numerous shows with students of all ages. She has written and directed TYA shows for Loose Moose Theatre and the Empress Theatre. Her passion is supporting Clowns Without Borders and raising awareness of their amazing international work!

About Kyla Read:

After completing her theatre training at Studio 58 in Vancouver, Kyla Read has continued to work as a professional theatre artist in many places across Canada and the United States. As one of the co-artistic directors of CLUNK Puppet Lab, she has created, built and performed puppetry for Les Trois Jours De Casteliers (Montreal), The Puppets Up International Puppet Festival (Almonte, Ont.), the Fresh Ideas Festival (Toronto), Vertigo Theatre (Calgary), Forte Musical Theatre (Calgary), and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary). Most recently, CLUNK toured their full length show How I Became Invisible from Calgary to Almonte, where it played to sold out houses. Kyla has also performed in various theatre productions including Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver) and the Canadian Tour of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s The Tooth Fairy, has collaborated on a multitude of original creation projects, clowned for festivals across Western Canada, as well as in hospitals, for the Ronald McDonald House, Canuck Place, and Easter Seal camps. Read has taught workshops in mask making, clown, puppetry and lantern installation to a variety of youth and community groups in Alberta and BC and will be one of the instructors for Artstrek at Red Deer College this July. Also a classically trained musician, she has studied opera, has her Grade 8 RCM piano, Grade 2 theory, and plays the ukulele.

Shadow Puppet Workshop


Learn how to make your own shadow puppets with master puppeteers Alice Nelson and Kyla Read. In this workshop, you will create your own shadow creatures out of cardboard and learn how to animate them in front of the lights. You can also learn techniques to cast cool shadows using only your body and light. Take turns creating your own show, and then sit in the tent for a while and watch others create the magic.

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