Whether you take the course to relive nostalgic memories, see what’s new, or learn how to be a ventriloquist, plan to laugh and learn as we look at the art of ventriloquism from Edgar Bergen, Paul Winchell, Jimmy Nelson, Shari Lewis, and Senor Wences, to contemporary artists such as Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham, and others. We’ll cover techniques and skills including lip control, character development, voices, the mechanics of ventriloquist dummies, figure manipulation, and acting with the figure.
Professional: A.B.. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. M.A., Ph.D, Political Science, Michigan State University. In the TELOS Program at Bellevue College I have taught “The Isms: Ideologies in America Today”, and “Our Polarized Party System: Trends and Prospects. I previously taught in Asia for Troy University's graduate program in International Relations; prior to that I taught Political Science for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Asia; at North Carolina State University; and at Tel Aviv University. Between two careers in academia, I was CEO of a leading northwest retailer, managing its operations and expansion, prior to selling the company.
Personal: I have a life-long interest in entertainment, especially comedy, and have taught “The Films of Woody Allen” in Asia and for TELOS. I have performed as a ventriloquist since childhood, and recently came in first in the senior open-mic competition at the annual ventriloquist convention.