Nyssa Collins studied Piano Performance at Humboldt State University, and currently works as a pianist and artist in Durham. She has worked as an artist and performer with Paperhand Puppet Intervention since 2017, and teaches and accompanies with several area organizations, including Kidznotes, the Expedition School, and Durham Academy. Her many different artforms – shadow puppetry, paintings, cardboard sculptures – are all united by curiosity for nature and the simple joy of creating.  REQUEST NYSSA COLLINS

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Ecology Illumination!

The magic of the natural world comes to life through shadow and light! Students apply ecology research to devising, creating, and performing delightful shadow puppet shows all about earth’s beautiful diversity. 3 days minimum needed for residency. Residency Lesson Plan

Max Participants: 25

Duration: Minimum 3 days needed with each class for residency project completion, 60-minute sessions

Special Requirements: Regular classroom, access to electricity

Fee: $68.75 per class/hr
*Fees vary. Please contact the CAPS office at (919) 560-2718 to inquire.

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Shadow and Sound

In an electrifying dance of light and sound, the story of music comes alive. Kids will be so engaged in the shadow show, they won’t realize how much they’re learning about rhythm, instruments, and history. Performance Lesson Plan

Max Participants: 100

Duration: 45 minutes

Special Requirements:
A room that gets dark enough for a shadow puppet show, access to electricity for projectors and amplifiers, a tuned piano (preferred but optional)

Single Performance Fee- $781.25
Two Performances Fee- $1,125.00

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Science and Shadow

Illuminate your ecology textbook! Food webs, species interdependence, biomes, and biodiversity come to life in unforgettable shadow puppet shows created by students. 60 minutes. Workshop Lesson Plan

Max Participants: 25

Duration: 60 minutes

Special Requirements: Standard classroom

Fee: $75.00 per hour/per class