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The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present:

Online Symposium: How Objects Make Meaning on Stage: New Perspectives

January 29, 2022

Dr. Dassia N. Posner, Associate Professor of Theatre, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University

Ana Diaz Barriga, Puppetry Practitioner and Scholar, Doctoral Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University
Jess Bass, Art Director/ Creative Director/ Designer, MFA candidate in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Marissa Fenley, Ph.D. student in English and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago
Dr. Skye Strauss, puppetry practitioner and scholar, PhD from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University
Kezia Waters, interdisciplinary/ Performing Artist, MFA Candidate in Studio Art / Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Ellen van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas. Before 1912, the year the Little Theater of Chicago was founded in the historic Fine Arts Building, the term “puppeteer” did not even exist. Little Theater director Ellen van Volkenburg needed a program credit for the actors she had trained to manipulate marionettes while speaking the text of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she coined the word “puppeteer.” That marked the dawn of the movement that has brought us to the rich art form now practiced around the world. In van Volkenburg’s honor, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival presents four discussions featuring festival artists and key topics from the works presented in the Festival.

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