CFFS 2024 – Exploring Shadow Puppetry (All Ages) [In Person Only]

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 from 3–4:30pm

All workshops have a suggested registration fee of $100. However, we do offer a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can model for those who need that option.

Duration: 1h 30m
Instructor: Cassandra Bray & Zane Exactly


Puppetry artists Cassandra Bray & Zane Exactly of Shadow Girls Cult will lead participants through a 90-minute 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.

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Nico at

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ COVID-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

About the instructors:

Cassandra Bray


Cassandra Bray 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 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.

Festival Directory

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2024!

2024 festival artwork by Kid Lerner.

A galaxy of great films and activities await Seattle families! Come enjoy awe-inspiring and spectacular shorts, glittering features, and out-of-this-world workshops at Northwest Film Forum.

We send this call across the known universe: To join a dazzling voyage of discovery from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The festival will be available to youth, families, and film lovers of any age, both in-person and online.


⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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