Puppetry & Object Theater: Play Building
Feb 21- March 28. Tuesday Evenings
7:00-9:30pm at Voice of the City
6 weeks. $250. Includes basic materials.

Play Building is a class designed for individuals who are interested in crafting their own short works of puppet theater. The session will cover foundational tenets of puppet construction, and will walk participants through a process of designing, building, and staging a polished short work of puppet theater.

Rough House seeks to empower Chicago artists and puppetry enthusiasts with the skills and experience needed to create their own work. At the completion of this six week session, each participant should walk away not only with a piece to perform at cabarets, variety shows, and festivals, but with the skills to independently generate puppet art.

Email with your name and phone number to sign up or ask questions.

Classes take place at:

Voice of the City
3429 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647


Puppets In Progress (PIPs) 

PIPs is an informal gathering for testing out new puppet and object-based performances. Bring whatever you’re working on and get encouragement and feedback from other Chicago puppet-folks.

Are you new to puppetry and want a low stakes way to test the waters? Are you an old hand with a new project? Are you a dancer, comics artist, performance poet, teacher, lifeguard, engineer just curious about what puppetry looks like today?

Everyone is welcome!
Bring a project, no matter how rough, or just come for the conversation.

There will be snacks and supportive people! We’re still scheduling the next one. Email for info about PIPs



Puppetry & Object Theater: Tabletop
Spring Session Info Coming Soon!

Puppetry & Object Manipulation: Tabletop is a class for actors, visual artists, physical performers, and anyone else who has ever found themselves anthropomorphizing inanimate objects and wishes to take it to the next level. Throughout this five week session, you will explore the fundamentals of puppetry performance and object manipulation; you will construct your very own table-top puppet; and you will be guided through the process of devising and staging a short original piece of puppet theater.

“I was asking myself, “what’s next?” in my own life-in-the-theatre… The answer is *PUPPETS!* Loved this class.”

– Puppetry & Object Manipulation Student, January 2016 Session


“I learned more about theater in these five classes than I did in college.”

 Puppetry & Object Manipulation Student, April 2016 Session

Classes begin Late Winter. Email with your name and phone number to enroll or request more information.


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