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Puppet Performance Workshop on Performing recorded AUDIO

Puppet Performance Workshop on Lip-Sync


 Working with Recorded Dialogue Audio Tracks.


Where:  131 W 72nd St. Manhattan
 (closest subway-B or C train to 72nd)
Ripley Grier Studios Room 4R
When: Wednesday, September 20th from 7PM to 10PM 
Contact info: Ronald Binion text or call  (917) 214 8324

Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?

Can you perform a puppet to a pre-recorded audio track?

Is it easy? Is it hard? What are the skills involved?

What are the advantages of a pre-recorded track? How can the audio enhance the physical performance? What are the challenges?

There is no question that working with pre-recorded audio tracks is an important skill for Media Puppetry.

Where can one go to learn/experience/practice this important skill?

How about a Puppet Workshop focusing on Pre-Recorded Audio?

Workshop Description:

Participants will:

  • Practice with a short pre-recorded audio track.
  • Present the track with a puppet.
  • Refine their performance with supportive feedback.
  • Assist other Puppeteers in their performance.
  • Perform for the camera with a monitor.
  • Learn the skills and tricks of working with a pre-recorded audio track and creating a quality performance.
  • track and creating a quality performance.



I need to send out audio tracks for people to study prior to the class.


Performing puppetry for Media (TV and Film) often uses pre-recorded audio for a variety of reasons. This is an important option for producers, and can actually enhance the quality of the puppet performance by allowing the audio track to serve as a backbone, and increase attention on the physical performance.

Recently I performed I Tanzania and we used a pre-recorded audio track because the characters all spoke English with a Ugandan accent. This is not something puppeteers can replicate, but using the recorded dialogue allowed the puppeteers to enhance the spoken audio with gestures, movement and reactions.

I have heard puppeteers dismiss the skill of Lip-syncing to a track as being easy, but this attitude trivializes an extremely important commercial skill, and there is far more to crafting a performance than simply opening and closing the mouth to words. What are these other performance factors? This workshop will delve into this skill and enhance puppeteer’s commercial performance abilities.

In the real world puppeteers are often given a track to memorize and then perform with very little time for rehearsal. What are the tools that a puppeteer can use to create a quality performance and rise to this common challenge?



  • Practice Hand and Rod puppets will be provided for use during the class
  • HOMEWORK/Preparation: A short audio will be emailed to Participants and it is expected that the Participants will Memorize the Audio track PRIOR to the Workshop.
  • The Workshop is a collaborative and supportive environment where mistakes are understood to be part of the process of skill-building for a physical performance.


$15.00 Per person. This cost goes to the rental of the studio space and the maintenance of the Puppets and Props and equipment that will be used in the workshop.


Please feel free to email Ronald at

or call/text (917) 214 8324

(If you text, please introduce yourself and the subject: puppet workshop)

VIDEO of Real World example:

This is a video of a Behind the Scenes clip shooting a video in Tanzania. The voices are native Ugandans speaking english as they would with their specific accents. The Puppeteers have studied the audio tracks and are performing the audio with puppets.




for more about this video click here.