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.

Coming in 2018. Dates TBA.


Puppet Construction: Prototypes
Instructor Mike Oleon

September 16 – 30. Saturday Afternoons.
1:00-5pm at the Rough House Studio
3 weeks. $250. Includes basic materials.

The Mother of All Puppet Construction Classes. What is the single most essential skill to make good puppets? Prototypes! In this class, we’ll teach you how to rapidly build functional, evocative puppets in a number of styles using humble materials such fabric, cardboard, wood, found objects, and paint. Playing with prototypes and material exploration, you will create objects that can be used in rehearsal, as proof-of-concept for more refined puppets – or even gussied up for performance!



Puppets In Progress (PIPs) 
Sunday, August 20. 2-5pm
At Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

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




Coming Soon!
Puppetry & Object Theater: Play Building

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.



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

Puppetry Workshop: 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.”

– Student, January 2016 Session


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

 Student, April 2016 Session


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