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John Hay

John Hay has a BA from Michigan State University in Elementary Education, is an inventor and has been a puppeteer for 32 years. 

John has studied with Burr Tistrum, Albrect Roser and Jim Gamble who was the lead puppeteer for Disney. He has been an active participant in the Puppeteers of America, written and directed theatrical productions in and around Michigan and enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion for puppets by teaching classes. 

Sample Lesson Plan

Based on a True Story

Social Studies, Arts, Language Arts and Computer Science – Grades 3-5

Create a puppet and produce a DVD based on students’ research using puppets. Research current social studies topic based on classroom units. Draw and sculpt puppets. Create green‐screen backdrop. Videotape and edit for final creation of DVD.

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