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

Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium: Boundless Bodies

Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. and Chicago Puppet Fest present: Boundless Bodies. Moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards with panelists Ishmael Falke (Invisible Lands), Elise Vigneron (Anywhere), and Camille Trouve (R.A.G.E.).

Free

Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium: Grand Narratives and Petits Récits

Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. and Chicago Puppet Fest present: Grand Narratives and Petits Récits. 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).

Free

Basil Twist: Symphonie Fantastique Film

Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Symphonie Fantastique. In 1998, puppeteer Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz's 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim. In the two decades since, Twist became an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, winning countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship.

$10 – $15

Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium: The Real Deal

Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. and Chicago Puppet Fest present: The Real Deal. Moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards with panelists Eduardo Felix (Macunaima Gourmet), Janni Younge (Hamlet), Jonathan Meyer (as though your body were right) and Michaela Homolová (Choo. Choo. Whistle. Woof!).

Free

Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium: Building New Worlds: Emerging Voices

Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. and Chicago Puppet Fest present: Emerging Voices. Moderated by Dr. Dassia N. Posner with panelists: Graduate students from University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Free

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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