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Learn Puppetry at Home | DFT Family Films at Home!

Updated Jul 20, 2022

Education

Build Along with Brad

If you caught Paper Heart Puppets’ production of Cardboard Explosion when Brad Shur performed at the DIA, you know how easily everyday materials can be transformed into fantastical worlds with a few tools and imagination. While they (and everyone) are stuck at home, Paper Heart Puppets want to keep your imaginations going. We hope you join this fabulously creative team Mondays and Fridays at 5 p.m. for Build Along with Brad, a live puppet making series on their Facebook page >(opens in new window)

They also have a collection of puppet-making and performance activity videos you can try at home on their YouTube channel (opens in new window)with new videos being released on Wednesdays.

Puppet in Place: Tom Lee

Three years ago, the DIA welcomed puppeteers Tom Lee and Koryu Nishikawa V to the DFT for a performance of Shank’s Mare, a beautiful work combining traditional Japanese puppetry and modern American stagecraft. In this video for the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival, Tom creates a work for a smaller stage; a shadow theatre that he built with his children while sheltering at home.

Chicago Puppet Theatre

Chicago Puppet Theatre

Build Along with Brad

If you caught Paper Heart Puppets’ production of Cardboard Explosion when Brad Shur performed at the DIA, you know how easily everyday materials can be transformed into fantastical worlds with a few tools and imagination. While they (and everyone) are stuck at home, Paper Heart Puppets want to keep your imaginations going. We hope you join this fabulously creative team Mondays and Fridays at 5 p.m. for Build Along with Brad, a live puppet making series on their Facebook page >(opens in new window)

They also have a collection of puppet-making and performance activity videos you can try at home on their YouTube channel (opens in new window)with new videos being released on Wednesdays.

Puppet in Place: Tom Lee

Three years ago, the DIA welcomed puppeteers Tom Lee and Koryu Nishikawa V to the DFT for a performance of Shank’s Mare, a beautiful work combining traditional Japanese puppetry and modern American stagecraft. In this video for the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival, Tom creates a work for a smaller stage; a shadow theatre that he built with his children while sheltering at home.