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

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

Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium: Grand Narratives and Petits Récits

Named in honor of Little Theatre of Chicago director Ellen Van Volkenburg, who coined the term “puppeteer” in 1912, the festival’s annual symposium brings together puppetry enthusiasts, scholars and festival artists from Chicago and the U.S. for free discussions around the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards with panelists Yngvild Aspeli (Moby Dick), Sarah Fornace (Frankenstein), Michael Brown (Invitation to a Beheading) and Theodora Skipitares (Grand Panorama).

Event Details

Saturday, January 21 at 1pm 

Location: Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., and streaming via HowlRound

Cost: FREE, no reservations required

Running Time: 120 minutes

ADA Accessible? Yes

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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