I have scheduled many video game puppetry workshops for EK Theater over the years. Last year, we visited seven public schools. We also gave a "Niobe" workshop at Mozfest in October. (Read about our experience at Mozfest here.) To be honest, it recently feels like I spend more time teaching others about my unique form of puppetry than I do creating pieces for professional theaters.
Because I have been refining our workshop formula for a while now, I know what work. In an ideal workshop, my team works closely with a small group to create a new piece. It requires 20-30 hours of time, and the size of the workshop should be limited to ten participants. This is rarely possible since most organizations want to reach greater numbers with a shorter time commitment.
Kang Ming Senior High School (KMSH) in Tainan City, Taiwan, however was able to offer us exactly this setup. In July, EK Theater went to Taiwan to work with a small group of KMSH students. In a five-day period, we created a new Chinese-language piece based on Journey to the West, which popularly is known as the story of the Monkey King.
Check out this video made by Kevin Callahan about the project and our trip.