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Specialty: Puppetry for Story Telling with Brian Jones (#20-11-3293)

Puppetry for Story Telling with Brian Jones

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

November 18, 2020 – January 6, 2021 

Schedule: 8 sessions + 1 student invite-only performance
Class dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & January 6
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $299
Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundation 3 at BATS or have Coach/Head of School approval (email us at for approval)


 Learn to breathe life into your characters with a focus on emotional animation.  Each week will focus on a specific skill set that can be used in all narrative genre improvisations.  Class includes lessons on physicality and using the frame, emotional animation, ensemble storytelling and music.  Students are encouraged to have their own hand/rod puppet (Puppet with rods attached to each hand) but if not, a simple puppet with only the mouth will be enough to get a ton out of the class experience! Brian Michael Jones, (Brian Henson’s Puppet Up, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, The Jim Henson Company) teaches puppetry for genre based narrative improv.  All puppetry skill levels welcome. 

What past Students have said:

“If you have ever considered taking a puppet class, this is it. I am learning skills I can apply to my acting, improvising and parenting. Brian Jones is an amazing teacher and every week I laugh until my cheeks hurt.”


About Brian 

Brian Michael Jones is an actor in Los Angeles.  He has performed regularly with Impro Theatre, improvising countless full length plays over the last 15 years.  His most recent TV/Film work includes Penny Dreadful, American Housewife, Will and Grace, and the upcoming Netflix feature film Mank.  In addition to his TV/Film work, he improvises and puppeteers with Brian Henson’s Puppet Up and with Disney’s The Muppets.  As a teacher he has taught a variety of improv classes including, Character, Storytelling, Spacework, Genre, and Puppetry.  As a director he has coached and hosted shows for the Pepperdine Improv Troupe, Impro Theatre’s Shakespeare Unscripted, Stephen King Improvised, and Rom Com Improvised, and Los Angeles TheatreSports.

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