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Social Distancing

Updates | Rules | Online Content


Social Distancing Rules 


  • TPI classes will be available Mon-Sat 9am-4pm in 2 hour blocks

  • Classes will be 90 minutes long and limited to 3 students a day and 1 instructor.

  • In-person students are expected to limit themselves to a small family/social bubble outside of classes.
    Please wait 10 days before physically returning to classes if close exposure outside the bubble occurs.

  • 30 minutes after each class will be spent cleaning tools/work areas/setting up for next group.

  • Students must wear masks and temperature will be checked before each class.

  • Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided

  • Extra in-person teachers fee to cover sanitation and health procedures 


The New Puppetry Institute Normal

We are following special guidelines to ensure health and safety for all
in-person classes. ONLINE classes now available!

Social Distancing Updates: 1/7/21

Hi my puppety friends!

I'm hoping you all stayed creative during shut down. 

New hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9-6 PM. The last class books no later than 4 pm.

We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Our new rules can be viewed here.
These rules are written in stone as people in my world have immune issues, no exceptions!

An appointment is necessary to tour the space and book your spot in person.


  • We will be open for scheduled classes only, no walk-in traffic to see the creatures. 

  • Student workspaces will be 8’ apart at all times.

  • A drawing/ waiting table in the front will keep any early arrivals 12’ from working students.

  • We will have a maximum of 3 students a day, and no more than 1 instructor in the workspace at all times.

  • Students will enter/exit through our back door to help avoid contact with any other mall visitors.

  • Students are expected to limit their contact out of class! In person attendees agree to limit close contact to a small family social bubble. If students are exposed outside this bubble, please let us know and wait 10 days before attending class in person again.

We also have online classes available during studio hours.
These classes include a supply kit (that can be mailed or picked up curbside) and 1 hour online instruction.!

Space is limited to only 3 students a day, so book your spots ASAP!

 Registration can be done online and paid through Etsy - or contact us for paypal payment!!

For any questions on schedules, fees, and the new normal here at the Institute, please contact us at or call (831 601 9822) between 10-4pm Mon-Sat.

Finally our scholarship classes are still available and a portion of all paid classes helps support this program!
We’re also pleased to be adding free classes for children of essential workers as well. Please feel free to pass this info on to anyone in need and have them contact me for more info. If you would like to help sponsor these kids we encourage you to
make a pledge on our Patreon Page!

Starting over is hard, but not as hard as having to close the doors! 
I encourage you to take a class, or make pledge and help us continue to make the world a cooler place… One puppet at a time!

-Ricki Vincent, Artistic Director of The Puppetry Institute


Online Content and Classes

80% of our classes are now ONLINE!!!
Follow along with video lessons and included supply kits shipped to your door!

 Registration can be done online and paid through Etsy 
- or contact us to set up a paypal payment!

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