Shadow Theatre and Puppetry Resources

Shadow Theatre Instructional Manual (DOC)
This 15 page manual was written by ShadowLight artist, Ramon Abad, and created as a practical beginners guide to creating a shadow theatre performance. The manual lays out modern and traditional techniques of casting shadows. There are directions and illustrations on how to create light sources, construct moving puppets, build a screen, and paint scenery.

Ghosts of the River Curriculum Study Guide
ShadowLight Productions is excited to offer this resource to educators, which can be used in a myriad of ways from exploring immigration today, addressing stereotypes and bullying to inspiring students to tell their own stories, and more! The curriculum and activities for the Ghosts of the River DVD can be followed directly or can be used as a springboard to launch in-depth classroom projects.

ArtsEdge: Playing with Shadows 
Discover the secrets behind the art of shadow puppetry in this multimedia exploration, designed for grades 5-8, which explores this age-old art form through animations, videos, interactive activities, and more.    

Educator: Teaching Puppetry (DOC)   
Introduces students to shadow puppetry in the Indonesian tradition, including the role of the puppeteer and the gamelan musicians that accompany him, as well as the history and traditions of the art form. This manual is written to accompany the Spark! video "Telling Stories" which you can view at the KQED webpage. 
Click on the listing below to see the Spark! web page.    

Video: Telling Stories 
In this Spark! episode "Telling Stories," follows puppet master Larry Reed as he and the Gamelan Sekar Jaya orchestra prepare for a performance of "Wayang Bali: Dangerous Flowers" at the Julia Morgan Theatre, in Berkeley, California.  From the website you can view the video, order a copy of the program and the educator's guide.

Recommended Books and Articles

Bima Suarga: a Balinese Shadow Play Performed by I.B. Ngurah
Article by C. L. Reed, in Asian Theater Journal, vol.3 number 1, 1986.

Asian Puppets: Wall to the World
by UCLA Museum of Cultural History. Los Angeles. 1976.

Bhima Swarga: The Balinese Journey of the Soul
by Idanna Pucci. Singapore, Little, Brown & Company, 1992.

Charleville...Au Fil De La Marionnette
by Bernard Chopplet and Pierre Huard. Lyon, La Manufacture, 1985.

Edward Gordon Craig: Designs for the Theatre
by Janet Leeper. England, Penguin Books, 1948.

Hand Shadows: To Be Thrown Upon The Wall
by Henry Bursill. New York, Dover Publications, 1967.

How to be a Puppeteer
by Eleanor Boylan. New York, McCall Publishing Co. 1970.

Images of Asia: Javanese Shadow Puppets
by Ward Keeler. New York, Oxford University Press, 1992.

Java: A Garden Continuum
by: George A Fowler, Jr, Roggie Cale and Joe C. Bartlett, Singapore: Amerasian Ltd, 1974.

Javanese Wayang Kulit: An Introduction
by Edward C. Van Ness and Shita Prawirohardjo. Malaysia, Oxford University Press, 1980.

Lordly Shades: Wayang Purwa Indonesia
by Pandam Guritno. Jakarta: Bapak Probosoetedjo, 1984.

Music in Bali
by Lisa Gold. New York, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Mythology and the Tolerance of the Javanese
by Benedict R. O'G. Anderson. New York, Cornell Modern Indonesia Project, 1996.

On the Thrones of Gold: Three Javanese Shadow Plays
by James R. Brandon. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects
by John Bell. London, TDR Books, 2001.

Puppetry: A World History
by Eileen Blumenthal. New York, Harry N Abrams Publishing, 2005.

Schattentheater: Band I: Autoren + Akteure
by Rainer Reusch. Germany, Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1997.

Schattentheater: Band 2: Kunst + Technik
by Rainer Reusch. Germany, Schwäbisch Gmünd, 2001.

Schattentheater: Band 3: Theorie + Praxis
by Rainer Reusch. Germany, Schwäbisch Gmünd, 2005.

Shadows of Life, (Nang Talung), Thai Popular Shadow Theatre
by Sven Broman. Thailand, White Orchid Books, 1995.

Shadow Puppets
by Olive Blackman. London, Barrie and Rochiliff. 1960.

Shadow Puppets In Color
by Louise Cochrane. London, Chatto & Windus Ltd. 1972.

Shadow Puppets, Shadow Theatres and Shadow Films
by: Lotte Reiniger. Boston, Publishers Plays, Inc. 1970.

Shadow Theatre in Java: The Puppets, Performance, and Repertoire
by: Alit Djajasoebrata. Amsterdam, The Pepin Press. 1999.

Strings, Hands, Shadows: A Modern Puppet History
by: John Bell. USA, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 2000.

Sur le Theatre de Marionnettes
by Heinrich von Kleist. Paris, Edition Traversiere, 1981.

The Dramatic Imagination
by Robert Edmond Jones. New York, Theatre Arts Books, 1967.

The Language of Balinese Shadow Theatre
by Mary Zerbruchen. Princeton, Princeton University Press. 1987.

The Mahabharata
by William Buck. Berkeley, University of California Press. 1960.

The Rebirth of the Shadows
by Rainer Reusch. Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1991.

The Story of Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets
by Stephanie St Pierre. New York, Dell Publishing. 1991.

Towards a New Theatre: The Lectures of Robert Edmond Jones
by Delbert Unruh. New York, Limelight Editions, 1992.

Turn is the Curtain, Shattered is the Screen, the Stage all in Ruins
by Yapi Kredi Karagoz Collection. Istanbul, Kredi Publications, 2004.

Website and Internet Resources

International Shadow Theatre and Puppetry

Global Bibliography on Shadow Puppetry (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts)
Perhaps the world's largest bibliography on shadow theatre including hundreds of listings of books, periodicals, audio, slides, and museums

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Bibliography on puppetry

Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre
Information on past festivals and tours and a resources page

UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette)
The oldest international theater association in the world, with chapters in 43 countries

International Shadow Theatre and Festival
Promotes and carries out research into the art of the contemporary shadow theatre

Discover Indonesia: Wayang Kulit
Indonesian shadow puppets

Indonesian Shadow Theatre and Rod Puppets

Athens Guide
Art in Greece

Greek shadow theater. Karaghiozis (Karagiozis) includes history, masters, plays, discussions, links, shops, and more

Turkish Shadow Theater
Categories of Puppets

China Style
China Style Shadow Theatre

Chinese Theatre Works

Puppet and Its Double Theater
The first theater troupe that is focused on the development of the contemporary puppet arts in Taiwan

Thailand Life
Shadow puppets (Thai: Nang Talung) are one form of public entertainment in the south of Thailand

Nan Talung
Southern Thai shadow puppet theater is a form of entertainment that uses the shadow as its principle device

The Great Shadow Play of Nang Yai
Mahidol University

Music Resources

Center for World Music
A nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's performing arts traditions through programs of performance, teaching, and cultural travel

Balungan is an international journal that presents both scholarly and artistic perspectives on Indonesian and international gamelan music and related performing arts

Profiles on ShadowLight

MetroActive Arts | Top of the Art Honoring 50 who nurture
San Francisco's creative scene

ORIAS | UC Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies
Teaching Professional Development & Curriculum Resources

National Puppetry Organizations

United States chapter of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette)
Listings of puppet production companies, conferences and scholarships; paid membership

The Jim Henson Foundation
Guide to adult and children's theatre links and events in the United States, free online newsletter and grants information

Puppeteers of America
Provides information, encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet theatre

The Puppetry Home Page
Lists theatre companies, workshops, internships, and performances nationally and internationally

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre/Performance

Theatre Bay Area
Contains theatre, audition and job listings, offers grant programs for emerging theatre companies and local theatre artists, buy tickets online

San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild
Members share their skills, ideas, performances and know-how to advance the art of puppetry, lists events, free newsletter

Young Audiences of Northern California
Offers comprehensive arts education, professional development and planning services

World Arts West
Serves the world, traditional, and folk dance communities of Northern California by presenting and advancing multicultural performing arts

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
GSJ is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the study and presentation of traditional and contemporary Balinese performing arts.

Shadow Theatre Artists

I Nyoman Sumandhi
Acclaimed Balinese performing artist, I Nyoman Sumandhi was born into a long line of Balinese dalangs (shadow puppet masters)

Leonidas Kassapides
Paranoix Shadow Theater Company breaks cultural, social, and economic boundries and fits in with millions of performance and educational scenarios

Maria Bodmann
Bali & Beyond is a Los Angeles based performing arts ensemble inspired by the cultures of Indonesia

Teatro Gioco Vita

Geoffrey Cormier
Wayang Modern is an improvisational modern shadow puppet theater spawned of the celestial music of Musica Mundana

Oregon Shadow Theatre
A Portland Oregon based company specializing in the art of shadow puppetry

Wendy Morton
The Shadow Makers: The most ancient form of storytelling is brought to life in these grand scale shadow shows