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Upcoming Events

Soft Sculpture Puppets with Davey K
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Soft Sculpture Puppets taught by Davey K
Saturday, Oct 28, 10:30am – 4:30pm
1924 N Halsted, Chicago, IL
Cost: $75. Includes materials.

In this day-long workshop, visual artist and puppeteer Davey K. will shepherd you through the building process he uses to make fantastical and functional soft sculpture puppets. Using flexible fabric and simple sewing, Davey will show you the ropes of how to build humanoid puppet forms by arranging and connecting pillowy shapes to each other. When the workshop is done, you’ll walk home with a brand new puppet of your own creation!

Davey Krofta is a visual artist from Cleveland, Ohio, where he obtained a degree in fiber and material studies. His work focuses on telling stories and entertaining people while exploring material processes and mediums. In this pursuit he has made everything from puppets to comic books, always with a focus on humor, strangeness, and color.

See his work at The kind of puppet you’ll make can be seen here:

Space is limited. Email to sign up.

Puppets in Progress @ Hairpin Arts Center
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PIPs is a free, informal gathering for testing out new puppets, performances, and ideas. Bring whatever you’re working on and get encouragement and feedback from other Chicago puppet-folks. Bring a project, no matter how rough, or just come for the conversation.

PIPs is great for puppet lovers of all stripes. Whether you are new to puppetry and want a low stakes way to test the waters, or a master puppeteer with a new project. Everyone is welcome! Dancers, comic artists, poets, teachers, lifeguards, engineers – come see what’s new in the Chicago puppet scene.

There will be snacks and supportive people!

Tabletop Puppetry (1 Day Masterclass)
Dec 9 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Tabletop Puppetry
Instructor: Co-Artistic Director Claire Saxe
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:30am – 4:30pm
1924 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Cost $65.

Tabletop Puppetry is a day-long master class for performers, visual artists or anyone else eager to dip their toes into the thrilling water of puppetry. Throughout the day, you will explore the fundamentals of puppetry performance and manipulation.

By working in small teams, you’ll learn the basics of what it takes to give life to a performance object: breath, focus, physics, and play. By the end, you will have devised and staged a short, original piece of puppet theater.

Space is limited. Email to sign up.

Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The darkest days of the year surround us – the harsh Chicago winds spin snow into our homes and our hearts, and from the snowbanks and early nightfall our puppet friends crawl to greet us. Let this winter be Nasty! Let it be Brutish! And please, let it be Short!

Applications for the next Nasty, Brutish, and Short Puppet Cabaret will be made available soon.




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