The next Festival is coming right up: January 19-29, 2023

Cabinet of Curiosity

MCA Chicago 205 E Pearson St, Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Sea Change. Cabinet of Curiosity transforms their celebrated outdoor exploration of the power of the sea and the feminine divine for the MCA mainstage.

$30 – $40

Free Neighborhood Tour

Various Locations Chicago, IL

Navy Pier & Chicago Puppet Fest present the Free Neighborhood Tour. The Neighborhood Tour fosters an appreciation of puppetry outside of traditional mainstage settings all around the city. Free performances from: Ty Defoe, Jerrell L. Henderson, and Joshua Holden.

Free

Neo-Futurists

The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

The Neo-Futurists & Chicago Puppet Fest present I, OBJECT! 30 Neo-Futurist Puppet Plays. From Chicago's celebrated Neo Futurists comes this all original, all new series of short works by local theater-makers giving you a dunk into object performance and high-speed theater.

$20 – $30

Nasty, Brutish & Short

Links Hall, Studio A 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall, Rough House & Chicago Puppet Fest present Nasty, Brutish & Short. This is your chance to double or triple down on an evening of puppetry by hitting the late show to round out your puppetry day.

$8 – $10

Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James

Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Bill's 44th. Bill's 44th is an original comedic show that brings two puppeteers together to create one (very worried) protagonist. Many styles of puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité all collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience and the wonder of loneliness.

$25 – $35

Marsian De Lellis

Links Hall, Studio A 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall & Chicago Puppet Fest present Object of Her Affection. Part puppetry, part performance art, a visual narrative about objectsexuals - humans who form intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

$20 – $30

Joshua Holden

Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents The Joshua Show. Joshua Holden debuted The Joshua Show at Nasty Brutish and Short in Chicago in 2012. He then took it to the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival, where it was awarded “Best Performance” and “Fan Favorite.”

$20 – $30

Nasty, Brutish & Short

Links Hall, Studio A 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall, Rough House & Chicago Puppet Fest present Nasty, Brutish & Short. This is your chance to double or triple down on an evening of puppetry by hitting the late show to round out your puppetry day.

$8 – $10

Neo-Futurists

The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

The Neo-Futurists & Chicago Puppet Fest present I, OBJECT! 30 Neo-Futurist Puppet Plays. From Chicago's celebrated Neo Futurists comes this all original, all new series of short works by local theater-makers giving you a dunk into object performance and high-speed theater.

$20 – $30

Margaret Laurena Kemp / Janni Younge

The DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL

DuSable Museum of African American History & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Bluest Eye. Director Margaret Laurena Kemp brings Lydia R. Diamond's dramatization of Morrison's literary classic, "The Bluest Eye" to life exploring the destructive power of racism and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.

$20 – $30

Ty Defoe

American Indian Center 3401 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Skeleton Canoe: A work-in-progress. The story of young Nawbin as they leave home and set out on a rites of passage through a season of their life. Their journey along the water to discover their truth and way back to themselves and ancestral knowledge.

Free

Rootstock Puppet Co.

Instituto Cervantes Chicago 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL

Instituto Cervantes Chicago & Chicago Puppet Fest present TIMBER!. Featuring hand-carved marionettes and original music, TIMBER! is about a forest: its wild inhabitants, its enemies, and the artist who defends it.

$20 – $30

Online Symposium – Race & Representation in Puppetry

Live Stream Event

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free

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

Live Stream Event

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free

Basil Twist – POSTPONED TO 2023

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

Chicago Shakespeare Theater & Chicago Puppet Fest present Dogugaeshi. Recipient of the Rome Prize, master puppeteer, Basil Twist unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique.

$30 – $40

Torry Bend—POSTPONED TO 2023

Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Dreaming. Dreaming is Torry Bend's collaboration with playwright Howard Craft and director JaMeeka Holloway. It follows two men deeply affected by Winsor McCay's comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland.

$25 – $35

Rough House Theater Co.—POSTPONED TO 2023

Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Invitation to a Beheading. Alternately disorienting, absurd, hysterical, and hopeful, this great novel by one of the 20th century's masters is brought to the stage by Michael Brown and Rough House, with their signature combination of playfulness and strangeness.

$20 – $30