Online: Puppets 101 with Brian Jones

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BATS School of Improv (#21-07-3400)

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Class Date/Time: 6:00-8:00pm PST; Mondays July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6 & 13

Schedule: 8 sessions (ending in an online student invite-only performance, consisting of a variety short scenes and performances)

Class size: 10 students maximum

Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)

Prerequisites: Foundation 1 or higher

Tuition: $299

Brian Michael Jones, (Brian Henson’s Puppet Up, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, The Jim Henson Company) teaches puppetry for genre based narrative improv.  All puppetry skill levels welcome.  Learn to breathe life into your characters with a focus on emotional animation.  Each week will focus on a specific skill set that can be used in all narrative genre improvisations.  Class includes lessons on physicality and using the frame, emotional animation, ensemble storytelling and music.  Students are encouraged to have their own hand/rod puppet (Puppet with rods attached to each hand) but if not, a simple puppet with only the mouth will be enough to get a ton out of the class experience!

What Past students have said:

"If you have ever considered taking a puppet class, this is it. I am learning skills I can apply to my acting, improvising and parenting. Brian Jones is an amazing teacher and every week I laugh until my cheeks hurt."

About Brian

Brian Michael Jones is an actor in Los Angeles.  He has performed regularly with Impro Theatre, improvising countless full length plays over the last 15 years.  His most recent TV/Film work includes Penny Dreadful, American Housewife, Will and Grace, and the upcoming Netflix feature film Mank.  In addition to his TV/Film work, he improvises and puppeteers with Brian Henson's Puppet Up and with Disney's The Muppets.  As a teacher he has taught a variety of improv classes including, Character, Storytelling, Spacework, Genre, and Puppetry.  As a director he has coached and hosted shows for the Pepperdine Improv Troupe, Impro Theatre's Shakespeare Unscripted, Stephen King Improvised, and Rom Com Improvised, and Los Angeles TheatreSports.


 BATS Improv Class Refund Policy:

Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than 96 hours (4 days) before a class begins, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee. 
  • If you cancel within 96 hours (4 days) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit.

    Summer Youth and Adult Sessions cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than 14 days (2 weeks) before your first class, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days (2 weeks) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit.


All cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to, and include the title and start date of your class.

In the event that we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, we’ll refund your tuition in full.

Please note: In the past, we have offered class credit in lieu of refunds. We are no longer able to offer this option. Each class tuition payment will stand on its own, and is non-transferable.

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