Join us for the next Festival: January 18-29, 2023

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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
Presentation: Where You Look versus What You See: A Cognitive Approach to Puppetry Spectatorship

Jess Bass, Art Director/ Creative Director/ Designer, MFA candidate in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Presentation: What is Around

Marissa Fenley, Ph.D. student in English and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago
Presentation: Ellen Van Volkenburg’s “Disarrangement” of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Dr. Skye Strauss, puppetry practitioner and scholar, PhD from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University
Presentation: A Shift in Mindset: From Mastery to Material Listening

Kezia Waters, interdisciplinary/ Performing Artist, MFA Candidate in Studio Art / Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Presentation: What Makes an Object Scared? Or Black Functionality Through Objects

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The Puppet Has Been Waiting.

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise to astonish and delight.

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