Master Class

Puppet Making with Cedwan Hooks and his friend, Jayson Musson

September 17, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Jayson Musson as “Jay” with “Ollie” and puppeteer Cedwan Hooks. Jayson Musson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, “His History of Art,” 2022. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

How do you bring a puppet to life? What patterns, materials, tricks, and techniques must come together? Learn this and more from puppeteer and puppet maker Cedwan Hooks (Helpsters, Apple TV+; Doom Patrol, HBO Max), who performed the role of Ollie the rabbit in His History of Art. Hear from Artist-in-Residence Jayson Musson and the FWM Studio team about the process of envisioning and creating the puppets for the exhibition, followed by a master class in puppet making with Cedwan Hooks! Participants will leave with their own custom-made hand puppet.

Organized in conjunction with Jayson Musson: His History of Art.

Event Information

September 17, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

$50.00 Public | $35.00 Members

This event is SOLD OUT.

About the Participants

Cedwan Hooks is a puppeteer and puppet artist from Kansas City, KS whose world-class work has appeared internationally. He spent two years as a puppet designer and costume character trainer for the DreamWorks Experience in Macau. He also headed up the puppet workshop for Warner Brothers/DC Universe’s Doom Patrol and worked as a puppeteer on the show. He was also a puppeteer, puppet builder and wrangler on Helpsters, a show created for Apple TV + by Sesame WorkshopHe was an assistant puppeteer and puppet wrangler on BBC’s Moon and Me (created by Teletubbies creator Andrew Davenport). Additionally, Cedwan has created walkaround and puppet works for Comedy Central, the Georgia Aquarium and The Public Goods Projects. He has also been a puppetry consultant for 20th Century Fox World in Malaysia. He continually performs as a puppeteer on stages and screens all over the world.

Cedwan’s background as a performer informs the decisions he makes as a designer to the benefit of the client. He trained as an intern at Mesner Puppet Theater, and as a student at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference. At home, he won the Blue Star Award for Outstanding Puppet Design and Creation from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His mission remains to create and perform memorable characters that move their audience.


Major support for Jayson Musson: His History of Art has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Wyncote Foundation, and All Ages Productions.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

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