Programming

Check out the Dragon Con App for more details on panels, maps, and other information. The Puppetry Track rooms are A703 and A704 in the Marriott, on the Atrium Level.

 

Thursday
The Dark Crystal Ball Celebrate the opening of the Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic exhibit. Guests are encouraged to wear Dark Crystal-themed costumes or masquerade costumes and masks. Costume Contest judged by Brian Henson, Kirk Thatcher, and Halle Stanford!
Presenters: Kirk Thatcher, Brian Henson, Halle StanfordThu 07:00 pm | Offsite Center for Puppetry Arts | 5.5 Hour(s)
Friday
Clowning and Puppetry Puppetry + Clowning = seriously silly! Amplify your physicality, create new characters, use elements of puppetry and physical comedy to activate your storytelling potential! *limited audience participation.

Presenters: Honey Goodenough, Vanessa S Valliere(M), Bonnie Duncan

Fri 10:00 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

Dinosaurs Brian Henson and Kirk Thatcher revisit the popular 90’s American family sitcom comedy television series that used cutting edge animatronics to show a world where dinosaurs lived like humans.

Presenters: Kirk Thatcher, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford(M)

Fri 10:00 am | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)

Kirk Thatcher: Autograph Session Kirk’s credits include Star Trek IV, Return of the Jedi, Gremlins, Muppets Tonight, Dinosaurs, and more.

Fri 11:30 am | A703 | 1 Hour(s)

So You Want To Be A Puppeteer Our panel will share where & how to get the training to become a professional puppeteer, including UCONN, Puppeteers of America, the National Puppetry Conference, & your local guild. They will also share the reality of life in the trenches for a puppeteer.
Presenters: Honey Goodenough, Stacey Gordon(M), Lyon Forrest Hill, Aretta Baumgartner, Bonnie Duncan, Kate Katz, Pam Severns, Cherie PanekFri 11:30 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Activism Through Puppetry and Cosplay Explore the use of both art forms as a tool for activism. The panel will also discuss the potential art has for addressing social and political issues through visual narratives. Be inspired to think about the potential your work has for larger social and political impact.
Presenters: Kate Katz(M), Leah N. OlbrichFri 01:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
A Visit from Sesame Street Friends Start the convention with stories and memories from that street we all grew up on.
Presenters: Kathleen O’Shea David(M), Caroll Spinney, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman, Debra SpinneyFri 01:00 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
The Puppetry of MST3K MST3k is arguably the funniest puppet show in the last 30 years. In this in-depth seminar, show creator, Joel Hodgson, breaks down his thinking on bringing Tom, Crow, and Gypsy to life.
Presenters: Joel Hodgson, Grant Baciocco(M)Fri 02:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge LIVE – prejudging This event is closed to the public and is only for contestants competing in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge LIVE. See Dragon Con and The Jim Henson Company social media for more details. #CSCLIVE
Presenters: Gigi Edgley(M), Kirk Thatcher(J), Brian Henson(J), Halle Stanford(J)Fri 02:30 pm | Marriott – A708 | 1 Hour(s)
The Magic Puppet Tea Party PUPPETS ONLY! A social mixer for people who bring puppets to Dragon Con. Don your fanciest frock and join the party! Your puppet will get a chance to mingle with other puppets. [Puppet required to attend.]
Presenters: Honey Goodenough, Stacey Gordon(M), Vanessa S Valliere, Lyon Forrest Hill, Kevin Joseph Kelly, Bonnie Duncan, Pam Severns, Zeb L West, Cherie Panek, Deb E ScottFri 04:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge LIVE Dragon Con is proud to present the first ever Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge LIVE! One winner will be invited to tour The Jim Henson Company in LA or New York and receive a travel stipend courtesy of Dragon Con and The Jim Henson Company. Get ready for the ultimate Creature Shop competition!
Presenters: Gigi Edgley(M), Kirk Thatcher(J), Brian Henson(J), Halle Stanford(J)Fri 04:00 pm | Marriott – Atrium Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
Being Human: Acting with Puppets What is it like to play a human character interacting with puppets? What are the challenges? What is easier? What are all those people doing on the floor? Actors from Sesame Street share their experiences.
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe OrmanFri 05:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Under the Puppet Podcast LIVE Under The Puppet is a monthly show that talks to professional puppeteers about the art and business of puppetry. Join in the fun as host and 2018 Podcasting Hall of Fame inductee Grant Baciocco, along with special guests, record a live version of the show that will include your questions!
Presenters: Mallory Anne O’Meara, Sam Koji Hale, Grant BacioccoFri 07:00 pm | A703 | 1 Hour(s)
Puppetry for TV and Film Puppeteers demonstrate the unique skills & techniques used for television & film puppetry, referred to as monitor work in the industry. Limited audience participation.
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Kevin Joseph Kelly, Michael Latini, Marc PetrosinoFri 07:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Kirk Thatcher: Aliens, Punks, Gremlins, Muppets, and Dinosaurs Kirk shares stories and memories from the first 15 years of his career including such films and shows as Return of the Jedi, Star Trek IV, Gremlins, the Muppets, and Dinosaurs.

Presenters: Phantom Troublemaker(M), Kirk Thatcher

Fri 08:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

The Happytime Murders Director Brian Henson will share scenes and stories about the making of the new R-rated comedy puppet film. Q&A to follow.

Presenters: Brian Henson(M)

Fri 08:30 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)

Writing and Directing for Puppets Writing & directing a gonzo project is like trying to put together a puzzle with all the pieces on fire. A gonzo project with puppets is like that only more difficult and rewarding. This talk benefits new artists while offering a safe space for old vets to discuss their stories from the front line!
Presenters: Kevin Joseph Kelly(M), Sam Koji Hale, Paul TriggianiFri 10:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Yamasong: March of the Hollows Screening w/ Talk Back An automaton girl and tortoise warrior journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world is to find a legendary relic. Talk back with Writer and Director Sam Koji Hale.
Presenters: Darrell C. Hazelrig(M), Mallory Anne O’Meara, Sam Koji HaleFri 11:30 pm | A704 | 2.5 Hour(s)
Saturday
Halle Stanford: The Rainbow Connection Decoded As President of Television for The Jim Henson Company, Halle Stanford (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Dinosaur Train) has had years of experience with your favorite Henson productions. She shares her secret formula in developing and creating shows by drawing on its founder’s philosophy.
Presenters: Halle Stanford
Sat 11:30 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Create-a-Puppet Workshop: Dragons! Audience: Kid Friendly
Make & take your own one-of-a-kind Dragon Con dragon puppet! Fun for ALL ages. Allow 20 minutes.Presenters: Stacey Gordon, Lyon Forrest HillSat 11:30 am | Hyatt – International South | 1 Hour(s)
Voice(es) for Puppeteers Attendees will be invited and coached to facilitate the creation of 3-5 distinct sounding voices. Slides will be shown on the anatomy of breath and voice.*limited audience participation.
Presenters: Deb E Scott, Kris Bluett-Woolen(M)Sat 01:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Panel Members from the show’s various casts join together for a retrospective on the cult television phenomenon.
Presenters: Joel Hodgson, Felicia Day, Daniel Griffith(M), Jonah Ray, Grant BacioccoSat 01:00 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
Puppet Coaching and Characterization Make a good puppet character GREAT! An amazing opportunity to bring your own puppet characters & work one-on-one with professional puppeteers on character development & manipulation.

Presenters: Honey Goodenough, Vanessa S Valliere, Aretta Baumgartner(M), Kevin Joseph Kelly, Marc Petrosino, Bonnie Duncan, Kate Katz, Pam Severns, Zeb L West, Cherie Panek, Deb E Scott, Kris Bluett-Woolen, Kevin Michael Wesson

Sat 02:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

Near and Far: Beyond the Street Sesame Street is an international phenomenon. The original series has been televised in 120 countries, and more than 20 international versions have been produced. Panelists will tell stories about how the show has broken cultural boundaries around the world and here at home.
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman, Debra SpinneySat 02:30 pm | Marriott- Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
Brian Henson Autograph Session Son of Jim and Jane Henson and chairman of The Jim Henson Company. His credits include Return to Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth, Farscape, The Storyteller, Dinosaurs, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Farscape, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and The Happytime Murders.
Presenters: Brian Henson
Sat 04:00 pm | A703 | 1 Hour(s)
Puppet Ninja Warrior – The Ultimate Table Top Puppetry Challenge – ROUND 1 An interactive workshop/contest on body mechanics and collaborative movement in table top puppetry. Open for 15 Dragon Con participants that will be chosen from a lottery. The winning team will be invited to participate in Round 2.

Presenters: Aretta Baumgartner(J), Kate Katz(J), Cherie Panek(M), Deb E Scott, Sam Koji Hale(J), Kris Bluett-Woolen, Nancy Aldrich, Kelly Campbell

Sat 04:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

Puppetry and Props on a Deadline Thursday, 10pm. Phone rings. Saturday Night Live needs a motorized podium tomorrow night! You can; skip town, start a new life on a fishing boat in Alaska. Or; dig in & push your creativity & craft to the limit! Learn how to bend time, crew & supplies to build puppetry and props on a deadline!
Presenters: Michael Latini, Marc PetrosinoSat 05:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Farscape A look back on the epic science fiction series. Prepare for starburst!
Presenters: Gigi Edgley, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford(M)Sat 05:30 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
Welcome to Anhedonia Screening w/ Talk Back The most amazing punk rock puppet show ever premieres season 2! The cult show returns w/ special guests Trace Beaulieu (from MST3K) Screaming Females and (Sandy) Alex G – this is your chance to see it all! Watch the new season & stick around for a Q & A with the creators & stars of the show.
Presenters: Kevin Joseph Kelly(M), Michael Latini, Marc Petrosino
Sat 07:00 pm | A704 | 2.5 Hour(s)
Felt Nerdy Presents: Fairy God-Doctor – Puppet Show When Doctor Who becomes Disney’s latest acquisition, the Doctor is forced to take on his most annoying companion–a Disney princess. An all-ages puppet show presented by Atlanta-based puppeteers, Felt Nerdy!

Sat 07:00 pm | Hilton – Galleria 5 | 1 Hour(s)

Welcome to Anhedonia LIVE It’s fun doing bad things, it’s even more fun when puppets do bad things! This is your chance to be a part of one of the most visually inventive and bizarre shows! Join the cast as they present a live episode full of absurdity from the show. It’s a musical, a comedy & an interactive nightmare!
Presenters: Kevin Joseph Kelly(M), Michael Latini, Marc PetrosinoSat 10:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
The Shadow Cabaret Since the dawn of mankind we have gathered around the campfire and used shadows to tell stories. This variety show of shadow puppetry acts showcases this ancient art-form. PUPPET SHOW. w/ talk back.
Presenters: Myra Su, Lyon Forrest Hill, Bonnie Duncan, Kevin Michael Wesson, Nick Hall, Kelly CampbellSat 11:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Puppets in Motion (Pictures) Audience: Mature Audience
It’s late. Why don’t you stumble on in, have a seat in the dark, & watch some messed up/silly/sweet puppet short films.
Presenters: Darrell C. Hazelrig(M)
Sun 01:00 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Sunday
Using Paper in Puppetry Lyon Hill discusses and demonstrates a range of methods for creating puppet shows and films using primarily paper; a cheap, plentiful, and surprisingly versatile construction material. A LIMITED number of participants will be able to construct a jointed paper figure from templates and materials.

Presenters: Lyon Forrest Hill(M), Kelly Campbell

Sun 10:00 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

Two Misfits who Dream: Women Who Create Fantasy Worlds With deep experience in books, movies, TV and more, Susan Dennard (The Witchlands) and Halle Stanford (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), leaders in the field of fantasy storytelling, lead a masterclass in fantasy world building.
Presenters: Susan Dennard, Janet Varney(M), Halle StanfordSun 10:00 am | Hilton – Grand East | 1 Hour(s)
Costume/Puppet Hybrids Part costume, part puppet: these cool costumes incorporate the best of both worlds. We discuss what costuming skills translate well to puppetry & how to add low-tech puppetry mechanisms to animate your costume.

Sun 11:30 am | Hilton – 302-305 | 1 Hour(s)

Puppet Ninja Warrior – The Ultimate Table Top Puppetry Challenge – ROUND 2 An interactive workshop on body mechanics and collaborative movement in table top puppetry. Open for 15 Dragon Con participants that will be chosen from a lottery. The winning team will face off against the Round 1 Winners for the title and prizes!

Presenters: Aretta Baumgartner(J), Kate Katz(J), Cherie Panek(M), Deb E Scott, Sam Koji Hale(J), Kris Bluett-Woolen, Nancy Aldrich, Kelly Campbell

Sun 11:30 am | A704 | 1 Hour(s)

Groundbreaking Television, Sesame Street’s Early Years Airing for the first time in 1969, Sesame Street was a revolutionary approach to children’s programming. Panelists will share stories from the earliest days of the show.
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe OrmanSun 11:30 am | Hilton – Grand Salon | 1 Hour(s)
Extreme Puppet Makeover Bring your homemade puppets, & our team of professional puppet builders will give you tips & constructive criticism to take your puppet-building skills to the next level!
Presenters: Honey Goodenough, Stacey Gordon, Michael Latini, Zeb L West, Sam Koji Hale, Nancy AldrichSun 01:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Tales of Woe: The Work of Edgar Allen Poe A Harlequin host guides us through a fresh look at classic and obscure works by the master of the macabre using a unique integration of puppet, illustration, and performer. Wire sculptures come alive, a life-sized paper man is murdered, and painted dreams drift by. PUPPET SHOW. PG-13
Presenters: Lyon Forrest Hill, Kelly Campbell
Sun 02:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Bob’s Apartment to the Fix-It Shop: Stories from the Street Hear stories from the performers of the beloved series that is one of the longest running shows in television history.
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Caroll Spinney, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman, Debra SpinneySun 02:30 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
Felt Nerdy Presents: Bad Reboot Audience: Kid Friendly
In this musical comedy, Science Fiction’s greatest icons will be rebooted for a new millennium… whether they like it or not. An all-ages puppet show presented by Atlanta-based puppeteers, Felt Nerdy! www.feltnerdy.com
Presenters: Veronica Dashell, Charles KelsoSun 04:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Comedy and Character Building Developing & writing new characters is tough. To give your characters life, you must give them a voice, a point of view, and love them. Learn how creators can support their characters through strong, central decisions that elevate them from caricature to living, breathing characters.
Presenters: Kevin Joseph Kelly(M), Paul Triggiani
Sun 05:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Honor that Bird Debra Spinney will recount her “Life with Big Bird” and then attendees will have the chance to deliver their own personal messages to Carroll about how Big Bird (and Oscar too!) have touched their lives. Messages will be pre-screened. Email: HonorThatBird@gmail.com
Presenters: Stacey Gordon(M), Caroll Spinney, Debra SpinneySun 05:30 pm | Marriott – Imperial Ballroom | 1 Hour(s)
The Late Night Puppet Slam Audience: Mature Audience
Bob & Carl, the Sci-fi Janitors, will emerge from their cryo-stasis pods to be your hosts for a variety show of adult puppet acts featuring the talents of the guests and pros of the Puppetry Track & other surprise special guests! One of the most unforgettable events of the Con! Ages 18+
Notes: start time at midnight
Presenters: Mark Meer, Matt Nitchie(M), Myra Su, Lyon Forrest Hill, Kevin Joseph Kelly, Bonnie Duncan, Kate Katz, Pam Severns, Zeb L West, Cherie Panek, Kris Bluett-Woolen, Kevin Michael Wesson,Mon 12:00 am | Westin – Peachtree Ballroom | 2.5 Hour(s)
Monday
Puppetry in Education Join a trio puppetry professionals as they share powerful stories, practical suggestions and puppet samples that illuminate how puppetry can be used to inspire and educate artists of all ages! Interactive and engaging—bring your questions and a sense of play and curiosity!
Presenters: Stacey Gordon, Aretta Baumgartner(M), Kevin Michael WessonMon 01:00 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)
Puppetry 101 – Adults An intro to puppetry styles and an in-depth exploration of puppetry techniques. Perfect for new puppeteers and the “puppet curious”! Age 16+ ONLY!
Presenters: Aretta Baumgartner(M)
Mon 02:30 pm | A704 | 1 Hour(s)