When you think of puppetry, you may think of the classic examples from popular culture like Pinocchio or the Muppets. Chances are you may be less familiar with the work of Tarish Pipkins, also known as Jeghetto.
Jeghetto has been an artist most of his life, but he didn't build his first puppet until the age of 30. Since then, Jeghetto has been developing his craft and sharing it with others through his performances and workshops. One upcoming class is specifically for beginners.
The PIT Chapel Hill will host Jeghetto’s Adult Intro to Puppetry Class on Nov. 11. The class will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The intro classes occur monthly, and the next class is slated for Dec. 9.
Will Purpura, artistic director at the PIT, said the workshops were something Jeghetto approached the PIT about doing, in addition to hosting his performances.
“We are a comedy school, and we do our classes for improv, standup, sketch, but we also have rooms available for people who want to run their own classes,” Purpura said. “So Jeghetto is somebody who reached out to us. He does a variety show here once a month.”