TCPL Invites the Public to Learn About Puppetry from Its 2019 Artist in Community, Scott Hitz

ITHACA—Tompkins County Public Library invited the public to three special programs with the 2019 Artist in Community, Scott Hitz. A puppet making workshop for families is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and a puppet making workshop for adults will take place Tuesday, August 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Both workshops will be held in the Library’s Makerspace. On Thursday, August 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Hitz will present a history of puppetry in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.


At the two “Puppet Making 101” workshops, participants will learn about puppet making from 2019 Artist in Community Scott Hitz, make a basic puppet, and learn some tricks of the trade. Registration is required for these workshops. To register for the July 25 Family puppet-making workshop, go to: https://www.tcpl.org/events/puppet-making-101-scott-hitz-family-edition. To register for the August 6 Adult puppet-making workshop, go to: https://www.tcpl.org/events/puppet-making-101-scott-hitz-adults-edition.


At “Puppet ‘Hitz’tory with Artist in Community Scott Hitz,” attendees will be entertained and educated about puppetry. Hitz will share some of the history of puppetry, a few tricks of the trade, as well as some information about his upcoming Ithaca Giant Project.


Scott Hitz is a producer, director, and performer who has spent much of his career studying the art of Puppetry. His work as a performer has been seen on television stations such as Comedy Central, The Disney Channel, and Sprout, and on stage at The Arden Theater, Philadelphia; Ford’s Theater, Washington, DC; and Synapse Theatre, NYC. Directing and writing credits include: Carnival of the Animals (Philadelphia Orchestra), Orchestra 2000 (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Little Shop of Horrors (Associate Director, The Hangar Theatre), Hand to God (Puppet Director, Kitchen Theatre). He has been the recipient of a Henson seed grant for his production Ursa Major: The Voice of the Bear, as well as several grants from the Community Arts Partnership (CAP).


The TCPL Artist in Community program offers an opportunity to area artists not only to create new work utilizing library tools, spaces, and resources, but provides the means to engage, educate, and entertain the community through the sharing of their talents. The 2019 TCPL Artist in Community is made possible by funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.


For more information about this and other programming at TCPL, contact Information and Learning Services at 607 272-4557, extension 260, or cfontana@tcpl.org.

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