Introduction to Puppetry:

Storytelling with Household Objects

From the comfort of your own home!

6 week Zoom workshop

A workshop for ages 8-12

Tuesdays starting Nov 3rd

This 6 part workshop will take young creatives through an introduction to object manipulation, and bringing things around the house to life. The class will be conducted online, using table-top puppetry to tell some of Shakespeare’s most iconic epics. We will build our narratives together using the table as our stage and the objects as our players. Each week will introduce a new puppetry skill to be added to your performer tool belt and will culminate in a short presentation for each other in the last session. Build a character walk with a cucumber, give a voice to a teacup, or make a candle sing! Whatever objects inspire you to tell stories, bring them to this fun and creative class!

Meet our actor-educator Alexandra Montagnese

Alexandra Montagnese is a Dora nominated actor, puppeteer, and theatre creator. She has performed with Theatre Rusticle, Watermark Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Shadowland, Theatre Kingston, Summerworks, Lucid Ludic, and Fringe Festivals across Canada. She has toured theatre for Young Audiences across southern Ontario, in theatres, schools, and festivals. Alex is a founding member and curator of Toronto’s seasonal experimental puppetry cabaret: Concrete Cabaret. She has facilitated performance training at York University (in the BFA acting conservatory and acting for non-majors), with Torontos Shakespeare in Action, with the Akiva School in Montreal, and many online and in person camps and workshops. She is currently creating A Short History of Niagara, a puppet show with Mike Petersen to be presented as part of the Shaw Festival.


Weston Young Theatre Makers Access Fund

The Weston Young Theatre Makers Access Fund supports low-income children and youth who live in/around the Weston community, by offering subsidized spots and in some cases full scholarships to Shakespeare in Action’s performing arts classes, run out of our studio at the Artscape Weston Common.

Are you interested in supporting access for the next generation of Weston’s young theatre makers? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Weston Young Theatre Makers Access Fund by clicking HERE and noting “Access Fund” in the donation message or by adding “Weston Young Theatre Makers Access Fund” to your registration, at which point you may choose an amount to donate. All money received will go towards subsidizing the fee for SIA’s performing arts classes.

Are you a child, youth, parent or guardian who would benefit from a subsidized ticket price or scholarship? Please email for more information. Subsidized prices and scholarships depend on support received to the Weston Young Theatre Makers Access Fund.

Refund Policy and Cancellation

Registrants may cancel their registration up to two weeks before the classes begin. Cancellation requests must be delivered in writing via email to The fee will be refunded less a $25 administration fee (Please note, the PayPal processing fee is also non-refundable).

Cancellation requests within two weeks of the class start date, or after the classes have commenced are not eligible for refunds.

Shakespeare In Action reserves the right to cancel entire course due to low enrolment. In that case, all participants will be fully refunded.

As Shakespeare In Action employs professional working actors, we reserve the right engage substitute instructors when necessary.

In the event of inclement weather or another emergency, Shakespeare In Action will make all attempts to contact parents/guardians at least one hour prior to the beginning of the class in order to inform them of any change.