CFFS 2022 – An Exploration of Shadow Puppetry [In-Person] Workshop

Saturday, February 12th, 2022 @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Instructor: Cassandra Bray & Zane Exactly


Puppetry artists Cassandra Bray & Zane Exactly will lead participants through a 1-hour workshop, using overhead projectors and a projection screen to explore the fundamentals of shadow puppetry manipulation and construction.  This workshop will guide participants of all ages on how to transform simple materials into unique and bold shadows. Experiment and play with us as we explore different shapes, textures, colors and characters to breathe life into new stories and ideas.


This workshop is a fun opportunity for children and families looking to try shadow puppetry for the first time. Feed your curiosity and creativity, while learning how to use your body and other materials to create cinematic imagery.

Cassandra Bray

Cassandra Bray (she/they) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and shadow puppeteer with a BA in Theatre and Education. Some of her favorite recent projects include: Intiman Homecoming Festival (Stage & Production Manager); The Fool (Puppetry Design, Puppetry, Co-Direction); Water is Easier to Swallow (Puppetry Design, Puppetry, Co-Direction); and We Go Mad (Puppetry, Lighting Design). Cassandra and Zane were recently featured in Chinese Theatre Works’ International Shadow Slam, and have had the great fortune to perform their original work, “Giant Woman” at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival.

Zane Exactly

Zane Exactly (they/them) is a non-binary puppeteer, theatre maker and visual artist with a BFA in sculpture and printmaking. Some of their recent projects have included: shadow puppetry; projection design; puppet design and fabrication; set and prop design; mask design; miniature fabrication; and performing. They have also worked for Thistle Theatre, a local Bunraku puppet theatre company, since 2013 as a puppeteer, repair person, and show builder. ​They are thrilled to be starting their third season as “Possum” in “Look, Listen and Learn,” a local Children’s YouTube series.

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Crafted with care to address urgent issues of the moment, Children’s Film Festival Seattle showcases the best and brightest in international cinema for young audiences, inspiring young people to participate as agents of change in their local and global communities. It is the largest film fest on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families.



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For the sake of public safety, NWFF patrons ages 5+ will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and to double-mask while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here. We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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