Welcome to the Little Shadow Academy

Our Academy is your to-go-place for creative artists, producers and puppet artists, with focus on actual creative and business skills, which will help you grow in your field. 
Below are all our exciting & upcoming events.

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Starting April 5th 2023!

13 Week Accountability & Mindset Lab for Creative People

A 13 week deeply transformative self guided or group experience where you will identify  your obstacles and work towards your values and goals by showing up more courageously and creating the opportunities you crave.

The hard skills and the soft skills and most importantly, accountability.

You can choose from 3 options
/ for detailed description of each option please click on the selected option:

  • Self Guided Course at $37
  • Weekly Group Sessions Course at $550
    (Includes Access to Self Guided content)
  • One on One Course at $1125
    (Also includes Access to Group Sessions and Self Guided content)

SCHEDULE Wednesdays at 6:15 pm EST via Zoom:

Week One – April 5, 2023 – WELCOME – DAY DREAMING (group coaching day)
Week Two – April 12, 2023 – START WITH WHY
Week Three – April 19, 2023 – ACCOUNTABILITY (group coaching day)
Week Four – April 26, 2023 – UNDERSTANDING PURPOSE
Week Five – May 3, 2023 – IMPOSTER SYNDROME (group coaching day)
Week Six – May 10, 2023 – CONFIDENCE 
Week Seven – May 17, 2023 – GRATITUDE (group coaching day)
Week Eight – May 24, 2023 – NEW BEGINNINGS
Week Nine – May 31, 2023 – YOUR GOALS (group coaching day)
Week Eleven – June 14, 2023 – OWNING IT (group coaching day)
Week Twelve- June 21, 2023 – WHY DOES IT MATTER
Week Thirteen – June 28, 2023 – FINAL WEEK – CELEBRATING (group coaching day)

Jean Marie Keevins*

*Most sessions will be led by Jean Marie Keevins. One or two sessions will be led by a guest coach relevant to the needs of the group.

Needle Felting For Puppetry And Beyond ll

Date: April 21st 2023, 2pm EST
Run Time: 2.5 hours,
Via Zoom

Instructor: J Hann

Price: $75
Via Zoom – recording will be made available after the class
***NYS Sales Tax

Join puppeteer and fiber artist J Hann in this hands-on follow up course on needle felting techniques.

We will learn beginning to intermediate techniques for adding details and getting a smooth finish. So bring in your unfinished needle felting puppet and beyond projects and we will work together to make them feltastic!

*Prerequisite course – Needle Felting for Puppetry and Beyond I

J Hann is a puppeteer, actor, and fiber artist. Their weird and whimsical works have been performed in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Hong Kong, nationally, and in various venues in New York City. J was recently an Emerging Artist at this year’s Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference Previously they were a resident artist twice at the Object Movement Puppet Festival, and a Catapult Artist at the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. When not performing, J shares their love of puppetry to students of all ages. www.jennyhann.com

IG MAIN: @jennyindisguise_
IG Commission work: @thefeltedham

Puppet Playground

Starting May 7th, 2023

Creating Characters with
Tyler Bunch

Date: January 14, 2023
Time: 2pm est
Run Time: 2 hours, via Zoom
Class Limit: 14
Fee: $45

Course Description:
Every interaction you have EVER had has included characters, let’s bring them to life. This class is appropriate for those who HAVE and HAVE NOT taken studied character development with Tyler Bunch in the past as watch class is tailored to those who attend.

Instructor: Tyler Bunch, Twitter: @tyler_bunch

Tyler Bunch has been performing characters professionally on stage, screen and audio device for thirty years as puppeteer, actor and voice artist. His career has seen him working for most of the major streaming services, networks and entertainment franchises (even as mascot for the New York Mets.) Tyler began his collegiate endeavors at Oklahoma State University and completed his undergraduate degree in theater arts at Eckerd College in St. Pete, FL. Having relocated to the NYC area in the early 90’s (and achieving moderate success as an actor early on) Mr.Bunch’s big break in the puppetry world came as part of the original cast of Bear In The Big, Blue House for the Jim Henson Company. Check out Tyler’s IMDB page for a full list of recorded accomplishments. ”Life is nothing but a series of stories, here’s hoping yours is as interesting as possible.”

**New York State Residents will incur sales tax.
***Payments will automatically be deducted from the card on record.
If a payment is missed, the artist’s participation will be placed on hold.

Price: $45

Assessment of Your Business Financial Health

Not sure how healthy your business is?
In this hour-long on-demand workshop, AudAx Wealth Management’s Christina Gamache will share the 
hidden financial numbers to power your company – Five metrics to SKYROCKET your business!

Recorded on October 26, 2022 
Run Time: Approx. 60 minutes
Instructor: Christina Gamache of Aud Ax Wealth Management

Instructor Bio
With over two decades working in the financial services industry, Christina recognized a common problem – traditional wealth management was not set up to serve those who truly need good advice.
She started Audax Wealth Management as a solution for Main Street during the pandemic. Christina is on a mission to educate business owners and help them exit their business on their own terms through strategic financial decisions.

Needle Felting for Puppetry & Beyond with Pinned & Sewtured

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 2pm EST
Run Time: 2 hours, via Zoom, recording will be made available after the class
Class Limit: 24
Price: $75

A needle felting crash course that walks you through the basics with some advanced techniques. This workshop will cover 2D needle felting techniques (wool paintings, backdrops) as well as 3D felting. You don’t need any prior knowledge of needle felting or any other textile craft. Course taught in English/Spanish.

Instructor: Anatar Marmol-Gagne

PINNED & SEWTURED / ANATAR MARMOL-GAGNE Director, designer and puppet theatre artist is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut, and a BA in English / Creative Writing from Hunter College. Her strong background in art, dance, writing, fiber and fabrication all come together seamlessly with her love for puppetry. She has trained at the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, designed puppets for The Dramatic Question Theater, Yale, performed at Dixon Place, Lyric Hall, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, festivals, puppet slams, toured her full length production “Calle Allende” and is the founder and curator of The Pinned & Sewtured Puppet Cabaret (2014). Her short films “Heart-Felt” and “The Moment Has Yet To Come” premiered at the 2019 & 2017 Reel Puppetry Film Festival at the Puppeteers of America National Puppet Festival. Her work has also been featured in multiple art shows and solo shows and was the Artist-In-Residence at Artspace in New Haven, CT. She is Workshop Chair for the  2023 Puppeteers of America National Puppet Festival: New in 2023 – workshops in Español! Her upcoming autobiographical show, Sueños, is the recipient of a 2022 Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant.

Social media handle:
IG MAIN: @pinnedandsewtured

**New York State Residents will incur sales tax.
***Payments will automatically be deducted from the card on record.
If a payment is missed, the artist’s participation will be placed on hold.

Price: $75

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Puppet Playground

Join our new Puppet Playground as a VIP and get 6 months of live,
weekly play and professional development.

Be live in the room with all of the upcoming seasons “Muppet-style” classes and practice times including:

6 Guest Hosted Monitor Time Sessions
6 Basic Monitor Classes
9 Open Monitor Playtime Practice Sessions
Access to our brand new Little Shadow Community Room
Get a certificate of completion
Receive discounts to selected seasons workshops

Start Date: September 11, 2022
Time: 5 pm EST, Via Zoom

Tau Bennett
Geert Ritgers
Guest Host
Jean Marie Keevins