Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets

Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets

Hobey Ford is known for excellence in puppetry performance and craft. His intricate shadow puppetry work and creation of the original rod puppets, the “Foamies”, have earned him a place on stages across the world. Hobey is a two-time winner of puppetry’s highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of

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Hobey Ford Residency and Workshops


Program description

Hobey Ford’s Animal Science Through Shadow Puppetry – Students will learn to construct and perform shadow puppetry to demonstrate knowledge of a topic from animal science.  Students can work in teams or by themselves to create short performances which they will perform for each other.  The workshop can be in one or more sessions.  Topics could include metamorphosis, life cycles, migration,


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Booking / scheduling contact

Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Language Arts, Science, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:

Day and eve

Length of program: 50 - 60 minutes; up to five days of 4 sessions per day
Space / technical requirements:


– One table or desk for workshop supplies

– Classroom or art room with chair and table or desk workspace for each participant

– Blackboard or white board or drawing pad on easel with appropriate writing tools

– One electrical outlet near Hobey’s table; extension cord if necessary

– AV cart or table at front of room for Hobey’s project display board theater



– Dark blue poster board cut to 7” x 11” (22” x 28” poster board – 8 pieces per sheet);

one piece per participant.  Have several extra pieces per class.

– 5 rolls of 1/2” masking tape  (3/4” will do)

– scissors and pencil with eraser for each student

– several glue sticks (at least one per group of students at a table)

– Colored art tissue (we won’t use much, so if you have an open package, don’t buy a

new one – it will last for many workshops)

– At least two boxes of ½” paper fasteners for each class




Classroom or library

Fees / Ticketing:

Please contact Loyd Artists to discuss fees for your situation depending on the number of workshops or the residency length and number of sessions.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. Analyze literary texts and performances. Understand how to design technical theatre components, such as costumes, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound.

NC Essential Standards:

Understand animal life cycles. Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem. Understand how to adapt sources, such as literature texts, poetry, and speeches, into scripts. Understand how to use technical theatre components of costumes, props, masks, and set pieces to support formal or informal dramatic presentations. Interpret a character from literature through formal and informal presentations.