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Puppeteer Workshop @ The Flea Theater | 20 Thomas St.

Have you ever wanted to make your own puppet? Or just want to learn more about puppet and theater propmaking? Then the Tribeca Art+Culture Night event at The Flea Theater (20 Thomas Street) may be for you. Puppetry is a form of performance that involves objects that often resemble a human or animal and are animated by a puppeteer. At this TAC Night event, prop-maker and puppeteer Leila Ben-Abdallah will show you how to design and construct your own puppet entirely from scratch. No previous puppet, prop-making, or theater experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. Open to all ages.

Leila is a Tunisian-American comedian, actor, improviser, and writer. After graduating from the William Esper Studio Two-Year professional training program, Leila has performed extensively on stage and screen at The People's Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Flea Theater, NY Arab-American Comedy Festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), College Humor, TruTV, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Current Harbor. Leila has created and performed four solo shows, This One Goes Out to All the Angry Bitches, Leticia's Fifth Birthday Party, Good Morning, Zitounia! and How Did I Get in Here? The Beverly Blondell Story, the latter premiered at the SOLOCOM Festival of comedic solo works and went on to enjoy a critically acclaimed run at the 2014 NY International Fringe Festival. She created and produced Eighty-Sixed, a comedic pilot about the creative types who make the NYC restaurant industry run. As a writer, Leila has had work published on, and is a staff writer for web show The Box Show, a women's talk show with a feminist edge.