Beyond the Sock is a workshop co-hosted by the University of North Texas Department of Radio, TV and Film and Department of Dance and Theatre. This four and a half day intensive workshop will allow attendees to learn techniques for performing with "hand and rod" style puppets similar to those found in some of entertainment's most endearing television series and films. Over the course of the workshop attendees will learn the vocal and physical techniques vital to creating compelling performances from two of the top names in the field.
Attendees will also learn character development, design and construction methods by participating in hands-on puppet crafting sessions where they can conceptualize and build their own basic puppet for use during the workshop. There will also be practical application of the skills learned through a culminating studio performance on the final day of the workshop. DVDs of this performance will be available to attendees for a nominal fee. Continuing education credits are available to educators who attend.
Beyond The Sock workshop sessions will be co-hosted by the of the University Of North Texas Department of Radio, TV and Film and Department of Dance and Theatre. Through the combined efforts of both departments attendees will have access to spacious and well-equipped facilities for design, construction and performance. This includes a dedicated classroom theatre, and HD production studio spaces. As workshop coordinators faculty members James M. Martin (Senior Lecturer Dept. of Radio, TV and Film) Mario Tooch (Senior Lecturer Dept. of Dance and Theatre) and Adam Chamberlin (Assistant Professor Dept. of Dance and Theatre) will supervise sessions and serve as liaisons for attendees.