Puppetry in Practice (PiP) is a non-profit organization founded by English as a Second Language educator Dr. Tova Ackerman in 1980. Developed in association with Brooklyn College, PiP conducts school residencies, afterschool workshops and parent literacy programs, teacher training seminars and graduate courses. PiP also operates a popular Resource Center on the Brooklyn College campus housed in within The School of Education.
PiP has been recognized by the international educational agency TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), as well as UNIMA (International Union of Puppetry) as a source of quality aesthetic and literacy education.
Over the years, our staff has consisted of working artists at various stages in their professional careers. They have been performers, teachers, puppet builders, artists, filmmakers, musicians, authors and illustrators. They have performed puppet shows, lead theater programming at schools and developed arts-based projects with students, teachers and parents throughout NYC.
PiP has hosted artists from many parts of the world, including Russia, China, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Israel. Classroom teachers from New York City schools have actively collaborated on ways to infuse the visual and performing arts into classroom curriculum with a focus on dynamic learning methodologies. In recent years the programming has been tailored to enhance the skills of English Language Learners and Special Education student populations.
PiP has received steady feedback from educators, who have learned from our methods and attest to the value of arts-based programing.