Amanda Bentz ’18

Amanda is a theatre fabrication major from Scio, Oregon.

Karin L. Bostrom Fellow in Theatre Fabrication & Design

The Puppet Kitchen | New York City, New York

Week 9:
An Early Goodbye

July 30, 2017 | My week started the same as many here. I had a long commute on the subway, worked on the continuing projects in the shop, and joked along with my coworkers about the heat. I flexed my painting skills on some large moth puppets and my sewing chops got worked out on spandex coverings for the […]

Week 8:
Field Trip!

July 17, 2017 | Summer in a big city can be exciting, but the farm kid in me has been starving for some greenery. Central Park will do in a pinch, but I’ve been missing the forests and fields in Oregon. As fate would have it, I was in for a reprieve from the concrete jungle this week. The […]

Week 7:
A Cinematic Holiday

July 12, 2017 | My week started with a fun puppet field trip: an outdoor screening of The Muppets take Manhattan right in the center of Manhattan! Chef Michael set up the outing, and we all met in Bryant Park before sunset with blankets and snacks as well as puppet making supplies. We spent the preshow time making simple hand […]

Week 6:
Watching and Being Watched

July 1, 2017 | My favorite aspect of this apprenticeship is constantly learning new techniques and technologies for building puppets and general fabrication. This week I learned about pattern making for large scale projects. One of our projects requires a puppet that is seven feet tall. Making the patterns for such a large project starts with a scale model […]

Week 5:
Wigs, Wings, and Little Things

June 25, 2017 | Over the last few weeks I’ve been put on projects that often dealt with fine details. This week continued the the trend as I was given a handful of 3D printed eyes for various projects that I was asked to clean up and paint. The 3D printing process often leaves support structures necessary for the […]

Week 4:
The (Rock) Spirit in the Sky

June 17, 2017 | Each week at the Puppet Kitchen brings new challenges. Last weeks monster gives way to this weeks oranges. We started the week with tutorial on creating patterns. Sophia, my fellow apprentice, and I were each given a large orange. Chef Michael took us through the steps to cut apart the peel and make a pattern […]

Week 3:
On Set and Reset

June 11, 2017 | We started the new week at the Puppet Kitchen by shipping off the puppets for The Little Mermaid to St. Louis. As they made their way to the Midwest, the shop reset itself for more projects to come. I spent the beginning of the week cleaning up, restocking supplies, and moving extra materials to storage. […]

Week 2:
Still Under the Sea

June 4, 2017 | I started the week at a Memorial Day get together with some Cornell alumni from NYC. It was encouraging to meet people who came out of the same theatre program that I am going through who have jobs in their fields and are making a living doing them. With such a positive start, I was […]

Week 1 – Welcome to New York

May 26, 2017 | I arrived in New York with nothing but the clothes on my back and a song in my heart; mostly because the airline lost my luggage. I got to my cousin Danny’s cosy West Harlem apartment late in the evening and settled down on his couch, which would be my home for the next two […]