Scenic City Shakespeare Receives Arts Education Community Learning Grant From TN Arts Commission

Kenneth Palmer

Scenic City Shakespeare Receives Arts Education Community Learning Grant From TN Arts Commission

Scenic City Shakespeare has introduced “Billie the Bard’s Puppet Playhouse” funded by the TN Arts Fee. This new academic puppetry program will have 10 initial performances at the Avondale department of the Chattanooga General public Library commencing spring 2023.

Puppet design and style and development is under way. These pilot performances will be No cost to the public and offered on line. Check out for extra information and scheduling inquiries.

Bard’s Puppet Playhouse follows a team of puppet young children in drama club as they navigate social emotional topics and function jointly to perform scenes from Shakespeare’s textual content led by their pal Billie the Bard, the human storyteller symbolizing William Shakespeare. With coaching from Scenic Town Shakespeare Puppeteer Teaching Artists, younger learners in the audience will have palms-on possibilities to find out simple puppetry capabilities and be showcased in scenes.

Erica Richardson, Founder of Tradition Books and Library Supervisor of the Avondale Department of the Chattanooga Public Library, will originate the part of Billie the Bard and help with script and lesson arranging. A former Elementary University instructor, you could possibly understand Erica from weekly on the web readings and creator interviews. Check out Culture Textbooks on the web for more on their mission and approaching situations at

Brenda Schwab leads puppet design and development. Brenda’s function can be viewed at the Resourceful Discovery Museum’s Bee Show and on stage all about Chattanooga. She has served as the Costumer for Chattanooga Point out Neighborhood Faculty for virtually two many years and has costumed a great number of productions throughout the region. She is an knowledgeable puppet builder, acquiring developed and executed with colleagues of Jim Henson. A gifted and professional performer and educator in her possess appropriate, Brenda will also seek advice from on scripts and lesson information.

The system was made by Emma Collins, Scenic Metropolis Shakespeare Cofounder/Training Director, who was launched to instructional puppetry via her work at the beloved nonprofit Young ones on the Block. Till closing in 2019, Chattanooga’s Little ones on the Block took touring puppet displays to schools and coated a vary of subject areas from basic safety and cleanliness to delicate subjects like bereavement and gun violence. Emma is a Wolf Lure Educating Artist with the Arts Centered Collaborative at UTC, main arts integration qualified progress residencies for early schooling academics and students. Given that 2020, she has led monthly meetup groups for Shakespeare viewers online and in human being on Ground Five at the Edney Innovation Center.

Scripts by Emma Collins as lesson options were formulated with Scott Lee, PHD, host of The Considerate Trainer Podcast, and Scenic Metropolis Shakespeare Board Chair. For more information and facts and to inquire about performances, Puppeteer Training Artist applications, or sponsorship options, check out

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