Beyond the Sock Workshop

There’s A Method To Our Madness.

Beyond the Sock is an intensive, five day workshop focusing on puppetry performance in television and film. Attendees have the unique opportunity to learn the manipulation of hand and rod style puppets from two of the top performers in the industry, Peter Linz and Noel MacNeal.

Attendees also learn the art of design and construction from master puppet builder Pasha Romanowski. Through a blend of small group instruction and hands on training puppet builders and performers of all skill levels can develop their skills, discover new techniques and learn to craft their own characters. Don’t miss the unique opportunity!

Our Instructors Are Among The Best In The Business!

Performance Instructors

Peter Linz is a professional puppet performer who has performed in film, theatre and television using both hand-and-rod and full-body puppets. Trained by the Jim Henson Company, some of Peter’s most familiar roles include Theo from the PBS series Between the Lions and Tutter Mouse from Bear in the Big Blue House. His best known character is Walter from the 2012 Disney film The Muppets and 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted. Peter is a long-time Muppet Performer on Sesame Street and was an original Broadway cast member of the hit musical Avenue Q.

Noel MacNeal is a Jim Henson Company trained puppet performer who has created numerous television and film characters using hand-and-rod and full body puppets. His most widely known role is that of Bear of Bear in the Big Blue House, and Lionel of PBS series Between the Lions. Noel has also performed numerous characters for Sesame Street and various Sesame Street specials. His work has also been seen on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and NBC’s hit series 30 Rock. Noel is also a production consultant and head of MacNeal Entertainment, Inc., as well as author of the children’s craft books; 10 Minute Puppets and Box.

Design and Construction Instructor

Pasha Romanowski is an artist, puppet designer, master puppet builder, and the owner of Project Puppet. In addition to creating puppet designs and patterns for thousands of aspiring puppet builders through his site, Pasha also designs and builds high quality, custom puppets for television and film. His numerous characters have been featured in productions across the United States and Canada, to Australia and New Zealand.

Our workshop is open to all skill levels. However for the best experience attendees must be comfortable with basic craft skills such as tracing and cutting patterns, simple hand-stitching, use of hobby knives and hot glue guns. For performance training attendees should also be able to stand and hold their arms overhead for moderate periods.

Registration and Attendance Fees


General Registration:
Includes performance and building sessions, puppet building materials and welcome reception. Please note that all general registration attendees must pre-register.
Student Registration:
Must be a currently enrolled college or university student in good standing. Must provide proof of enrollment and letter of recommendation. Contact us for more details. Student attendees Must be at least 18 years of age.

Ready to get in on the action?

All registrations must be completed electronically using a valid credit or debit card. Simply visit us online at at or sign up via direct link on our event registration page found at Our class size is limited in order to maximize the experience for our attendees. Register today!

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