Puppeteers from Edinburgh, Montreal & Mexico City…
We’re grateful to the inventive staff of the Chicago Humanities Festival for again bringing us a wonderful variety of Spring programming, including three puppetry groups!
(above: L’Illusion Theatre de marionettes…”Under the Stars”)
(above: “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” by Marionetas de la Esquina)
At the affordable price of $11 Adults and $8 kids, these programs are irresistible…
We’re especially glad to see the work of Edinburgh’s Puppet Designer Ailie Cohen here in “Cloud Man” (above)
Get your tickets now, since many of these shows will sell out, indeed are close to sold out already…
Thanks so much, CHF!!
and now, a Word From Our Sponsors…!
Founded in 1961 to “honor and promote the art of puppetry,” CPG is a cultural and artistic resource for the Chicago area.
- A social organization with picnics, potlucks, and “field trips” to meet and greet visiting puppeteers, CPG also has a well-hidden serious side. We advocate for puppetry with local arts producers and funders, support local performers and artists, and mentor and encourage students at all levels.
- CPG creates a “National Day of Puppetry” each Spring in conjunction with other Guilds around the US, a family event in which visiting artists and local performers bring puppetry to new audiences.
- CPG sponsors and produces “puppet slams” for adult evening cabaret audiences.
- Exhibits featuring aspects of Chicago’s rich puppetry history show up in unexpected places with Guild support.
- Practical workshops share the expert knowledge of our members several times each year.
- CPG members participate in national and regional festivals, and in each Fall’s 5-state “Puppeteers’ Potlatch.”
Since 1871, with the arrival of a traveling marionette troupe after the Fire, Chicago has been a town with a lot going on in puppetry arts. Every style and tradition, from sock puppets to shadow work, bunraku and “Mr. Punch” finds its way into the mix. The Guild maintains this site and a Facebook page to highlight performances, workshops, and events going on in the area, and welcomes your posts and e-mails to help us keep up!
We’re thankful for the success and vitality of puppetry in Chicago, and glad to be at the center of this oddball community!
As an art form that goes anyplace, welcoming amateurs and old pros alike, your energy is welcome as a fan or a new puppeteer! (above.. Von Orthal Puppets “The Lion and the Mouse”)
The Chicagoland Puppetry Guild is a registered Illinois non-profit organization, though not a federal 501(c)3.
Despite their continuing denials, we are also an Affiliated Guild of the Puppeteers of America!