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Festival ReportContents1By the Numbers2 Summary3 Activities6 Artistic OutcomesAudience & Box Office10PR and Social Media112017 Festival Partners12The Festival Team13 Operations14The 2019 Festival15 Sponsors16 Festival Supporters18Board of Directors & Contact9

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Festival ReportSUMMARYFrom January 19-29, 2017, Blair Thomas & Co.(BT&Co.) presented the 2nd biennial ChicagoInternational Puppet Theater Festival, featuringOpen Eye Figure Theatre109 performances, workshops, panel discussions,and family puppetry activities spanning 11 days at 22 venuesacross the city. By all measures, the Festival grew in strength and cultural impact since its creationin 2015. The number of presentations increased by 41%, the number of venues doubled, and thecultural partners collaborating on the Festival grew from 12 to 28. Of the 109 performances, 34sold out completely including the largest house (Studebaker Theater, 746 seats). BT&Co. alsoincreased its ability to influence the artistic impact of the Festival and to secure earned income byindependently presenting eight full productions, piloting a new professional developmentprogram called The Catapult, and presenting 18 free performances across the city with theFestival Neighborhood Tour.Opening Night AudienceIn addition to expanding the volume of programming, the Festival expanded its scopeof work behind the scenes as well. While BT&Co. approached the Festival as primarily acollaborative marketing initiative in 2015, the company undertook several new aspects ofFestival management in 2017. The 2017 Festival welcomed 115 artists and visiting dignitariesfrom five continents who spoke nine different languages. Festival staff managed supportfor travel, logistics, and hospitality including securing 533 nights of lodging at the WarwickAllerton hotel. The Festival also funded and facilitated acquisition of international visas forartists this year.These enhancements produced remarkable results. The Festivalbrought puppetry to a local, national, and international audienceof 14,356 people. Patrons came from 198 Illinois ZIP codes and34 US states as well as Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Poland,Mexico, and Canada. In addition to this remarkable reach inattendance, BT&Co. doubled its modest donor base and reached arecord number of people via the press and social media.The Festival is poised to take on 2019 with continued support,with the contracting of Festival partners, identification of newartists, and cultivation of leading donors already underway.Business Manager Kelley Dorhauer and GrantsManager Alex Monroe staff Front of House2Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportACTIVITIESThe 2017 Festival presented a wide variety of programming, including performances for adultsand families, workshops for artists, events in neighborhoods outside of the city center, and openforum panel discussions for the general public.86 Mainstage Productions3 Public symposium panels18 Neighborhood Tour Productions3 Workshops8 Family Drop-in Opportunities6 Cultivation Events1 Four-day Artists Intensive, The CatapultThrough its mainstage productions, the Festival offered audiences thesingular opportunity to experience high quality puppet theater from numerouscultures and to witness local work in its global context. The Festival presentedestablished artists of international profile while also providing a platformfor new and experimental puppet theater across puppetry styles. Presentersacross the city hosted performances in fully-equipped theaters, cabarets,and even a few rarely seen spaces. Artist performances revealed the power ofpuppetry to entertain, captivate, and facilitate discourse among contemporaryaudiences. It began as it ended—with full houses and standing ovations atan opening night featuring the masterful work of French company PlexusPolaire and with closingFrench company Plexus Polaire performs Cendres byperformances by IranianNorwegian Director Yngvild Aspeliartist Hamid Rahmanian,which garnered the largest audiences of all(2,730). Throughout the Festival artists usedpuppetry to illuminate a range of forms, contentand cultures: examine familial struggles withstep siblings and divorce (Manual Cinema),share ancient Persian fairytales (Feathers ofFire), comment on losses caused by the miningindustry (Silencio Blanco), and explore the rootsof human desire in a measured battle with alecherous vacuum (Geumhyung Jeong).Director Hamid Rahmanian’s Persian Epic, Feathers of FireChicagoPuppetFest.org3

Festival Report(l. to r.) Magali Chouinard; Schroder Cherry; Detroit-based Interstate Arts with their Director Shoshanna UtchenikThe Festival Neighborhood Tour brought an appreciation of puppetry to many corners of thecity. These 18 free events invited families to share in a full day of performance, or to drop in forperformances and puppet workshops as they pleased. Artist Magali Chouinard of Montrealperformed the silent meditation The White Woman, Schroeder Cherry of Baltimore performedthe historically informative Underground Railroad Not a Subway, and Interstate Arts from Detroitcelebrated the universal human experience of eating with Play With YourFOOD! Free performances took place at Navy Pier, the Chicago CulturalCenter, Marquette Park, Hamilton Park, Garfield Park, Calumet Park, andGarfield Park Conservatory.Family ActivitiesSeveral openly structured family opportunities provided patronswith the opportunity to see the creative process behind puppetry. Atthe Chicago Cultural Center, people were able to drop in on works-inprogress and open studio presentations for Stephanie Diaz’ installationand Jabberwocky Marionettes. At the Reva and David Logan Center, fourartists welcomed Festival goers to open studios and work-in-progresspresentations.A new program, The Catapult, offered practicing artists and those seeking to advance theirunderstanding and exposure to contemporary puppetry a four-day intensive Festival experience.Through the curated program, participants gained exclusive access to the Festival and the local,national, and international artists performing within it. This pilot program accepted 22 participantsand sold out within two weeks. Generousfunding from individual donors providedfour of the participants with need-basedscholarships to the program.The Ellen van Volkenberg PuppetrySymposium brought together practicingFestival artists with scholars to considerthe intersection of puppetry with otherdisciplines and ideas. Topics includedPuppetry and the Human Body, Puppetsas Narrative, and Literary Adaptation toPuppetry. Two sessions took place at theMCA Chicago, with a third session at thePuppets as Narrative Panel DiscussionStudebaker Theater in conjunction with theproduction of Feathers of Fire. The Symposium was presented by the Gray Center for Arts andInquiry at the University of Chicago in cooperation with Blair Thomas & Co. and the Museum ofContemporary Art Chicago.4Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportPublic puppetry and related topicworkshops featuring Puzzle Theatre,Jabberwocky Marionettes, and SilencioBlanco educated audiences throughoutthe Festival in addition to exclusive artistworkshops for Catapult participants.Puppeteer Schroeder Cherry with Board Members Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Claire Rice (Chair)Paul Teruel & Katie Collins, Center for ArtsPartnerships Columbia College ChicagoChicagoPuppetFest.orgThéâtre PuzzleFestival celebrations included events before, during,and after the Festival. In the months preceding, Boardmembers and volunteers coordinated the series ofthree Living Room Tour events, comprised of dinnerand performances in private homes in Logan Square,Bronzeville, and Hyde Park. For the Opening NightCelebration on the first Friday of the Festival, the Boardof Directors welcomed funders, donors, partners,artists, press, and cultural leaders to Victory GardensTheater following the opening performance of Cendresby France’s Plexus Polaire. The Festival partnered withPasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange to host a Persian teabackstage after each performance of Feathers of Fire.The Festival also assisted with a closing celebration forpatrons at Links Hall featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres inconnection with the program Nasty, Brutish and Short.Mark Kelly, Commissioner, Chicago Departmentof Cultural Affairs & Special EventsInterim Board Chair Chuck Thurow talks toguests at Opening Night5

Festival ReportArtistic OutcomesCelebrating some of the most remarkable works incontemporary puppetry, the festival signifies Chicago’sgrowing reputation as a leader in the art form’s renaissance.– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Festival shows off a thriving international art form.– The New York TimesInternational Artists (7)National Artists (11)Local Artists (10)Magali Chouinard (Canada)Schroeder Cherry (MD)Christopher KnowltonGeumhyung Jeong (South Korea)Great Small Works (NY)Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPlexus Polaire (France)Interstate Arts (MI)Mandala Ensemble & I GustiPuzzle Theatre (Canada)Liz Joyce (NY)Manual CinemaSilencio Blanco (Chile)Jesse Mooney-Bullock (OH)Michael MontenegroTeatro dei Piedi (Italy)Narcissister (NY)Nasty Brutish and ShortVincent De Rooij (Netherlands)Open Eye Figure Theatre (MN)The Neo-FuturistsHamid Rahmanian (NY)Rough HouseMolly Ross (FL)Myra SuLiz Schachterle (MN)Vanessa ValliereMichael Sommers (MN)6Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportThe Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival seeks to radically redefine the popularnotion of the art form and cement Chicago’s place as its international epicenter. Performances arecarefully curated to select art forms and content adjacent to puppetry itself thereby helping towiden interest in and understanding of the form while also increasing its audiences. In 2017,18% of audience survey respondents reported that they had never seen a puppet show before.In an age of contemporary, digital culture, puppetry thrives in defiance of the commonplacehigh-speed, high-tech conventions. At the Festival, audience members indulge their desire tobe exposed to the world, inspired by creativity, and surprised by new artistry. The usually lowtech nature of puppetry is not only gaining understanding, but feeding a populous hungry forreal experiences that surprise them, connect them across cultures, styles and places, and movethem toward their own purpose. In fact, 34% of audience survey respondents shared that theyattended the Festival in order to energize their own creativity and 54% indicated internationalcultural performances as “very important” to them. Pervasive coverage of the 2017 Festivalrevealed a growing national interest in puppetry and Chicago’s Festival is guiding people to it.Chicago Map of Performance Locations13 STUDEBAKER THEATREFine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave.2 LINKS HALL3111 N. Western Ave.9 INSTITUTO CERVANTES31 W. Ohio St.14 THE DANCE CENTER OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO1306 S. Michigan Ave.310 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER78 E. Washington St.15 REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTSTHE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO915 E. 60th St.4 CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY THEATER1917 N. Elston Ave.11 CHICAGO CHILDREN'S THEATREThe Station, 100 S. Racine Ave.512 THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE425 W. Wabash St., 4th FloorCHOPIN THEATRE1543 W. Division St.6 ADVENTURE STAGE CHICAGO1012 N. Noble St.LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE821 N. Michigan Ave.10RANDOLPH ST.9LA SALLE DR.NCOLNAVE12 134ChicagoPuppetFest.orgWESTERN AVE.11MONROE ST.64CHICAGO AVE.5NORTH AVE.2FULLERTON AVE.BELMONT AVE.FOSTER AVE.1 ASHLAND AVE.S COTTAGE GROVE1514MICHIGAN AVE.SEE p. 46-49 FOR DETAILS10 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER78 E. Washington St.17 NAVY PIER600 E. Grand Ave.18 GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY300 N. Central Park Ave.LI319FESTIVAL8.7716 BEVERLY ARTS CENTER2407 W. 11th St.17ROOSEVELT RD.VICTORY GARDENS THEATRE2433 N. Lincoln Ave.MONROE ST.THE NEO-FUTURARIUM5153 N. Ashland Ave.60TH8 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO220 E. Chicago Ave.11819 CALUMET PARK9801 S. Ave. G20 MARQUETTE PARK6743 S. Kedzie Ave.21 HAMILTON PARK513 W. 72nd St.16 20 2157

Festival ReportMichael MontenegroWork presented at the Festival enjoyed broad coverage and acclaim from the press and highdemand at the box office. Silencio Blanco’s “artists manipulate sublimely crude-looking puppetswith tender precision to tell a wordless story of coal mining” (Laura Collins-Hughes, The NewYork Times). Michael Montengro’s Kick the Klown played to four sold outaudiences and a well-sold added performance. Audiences packed theStudebaker Theater for Feathers of Fire—a Persian epic the size of a moviescreen. As funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is potentiallyon the chopping block, The New York Times referenced the ChicagoInternational Puppet Theater Festival in March 2017 as a reason federalfunding should remain in place.The Festival also had a significant impact onSilencio Blancopuppetry’s artist community both personallyand professionally. In post-show speeches, the performers of Feathers of Firerevealed that the travel ban may halt their next month of touring and pleadedfor international compassion and local action. Audiences rose to their feet insolidarity. High turnout prompted several local artists to add performances,and one featured international artist signed their next booking upon meetinga presenter immediately following one evening’s performance. The journalPuppeteers of America will feature an analysis of the impact on participants ofThe Catapult and American Theater Magazine is printing a follow-up piece onthe Festival aimed at the theater field.8Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportAudieNce & Box OfficeBecause partner institutions handled all ticket sales in 2015, BT&Co. had virtually no existing ticketbuyer information at the start of the 2017 Festival. The organization’s goal to build up the puppetrycommunity demands consistent, targeted communication with all Festival patrons. In addition, 2015survey responses revealed that ticket buyers wanted more convenience and the ability to purchaseshows across venues in one transaction (a “one-stop shop” experience). This feedback led to thecreation of a shared box office capable of selling tickets to shows at all 22 venues.How many people attended?14,356 Total Festival Attendance9,451 Tickets through Puppet Fest boxoffice (other tickets sold via venues)2,685 Attendance to free eventsWhere did our PatronsCome From?3601989How did our donor base grow?Number of donors doubled by theend of the 2017 FestivalZip CodesIllinois Zip CodesCountriesHow did our database grow?1,6813,684Mailing list pre 2017 FestivalMailing list post 2017 FestivalIn partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres, BT&Co. identifiedSpektrix as the best ticketing platform to handle the Festival’s size andscope, and launched the program in the summer of 2017. Thanks to the excellent partnershipand expertise of each organization’s staff, the Festival box office supported ticketing for all shows,integrated with the Festival’s website, created accounts for our existing patrons, provided discountcodes to encourage multiple ticket sales, and more.ChicagoPuppetFest.org9

Festival Reportpr And social mediaWith support from PR and social media professionals, the Festival achieved enormous reach inpress and on social media.1,196,949405,7009,200994Twitter post views (including retweets)Facebook post viewsFan engagements (likes, comments, shares, etc.)New fans and followers on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterTV coverage:Key Press:10Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival ReportNew York Times (national and international editions), Chicago Tribune,Chicago Sun-Times, Midwest Living, Crain’s Chicago Business

Festival Report2017 Festival PartnersAdventure Stage ChicagoBeverly Arts CenterBlair Thomas & Co.Calumet ParkCards Against HumanityThe Center for Community ArtsPartnerships at Columbia CollegeChicago Children’s TheaterChicago Cultural CenterCity of Chicago DCASEGarfield Park ConservatoryGray Center for Arts & InquiryHamilton ParkThe House Theatre ChicagoInstituto Cervantes de ChicagoIstituto di Cultura di ItaliaThe League of Chicago TheatresLinks HallLookingglass Theatre Co.Mandala South Asian ArtsMarquette ParkMultilingual ConnectionsMuseum of Contemporary Art ChicagoNavy PierThe Neo-FuturistsPasfarda Arts & Cultural ExchangeReva and David Logan Center for the ArtsVictory GardensThe Warwick-Allerton HotelGARFIELD PARKCONSERVATORYALLIANCEChicagoPuppetFest.org11

Festival ReportThe Festival teamBlair Thomas . Artistic Director*Sandy Gerding . Managing Director*Kelley Dorhauer . Business ManagerAlex Monroe . Grants ManagerAnne Cauley . Director of DevelopmentMeggie Keiser . Development AssociateNic Barnum . Production ManagerDayna Calderon . FNT Production ManagerJulia Rohed/LOCT . Box Office Manager/StaffKristin Haverty . Catapult DirectorSarah Goone . Catapult CoordinatorJess Mott Wickstrom . Webmaster and Graphic DesignAndy Wickstrom . Video editingBlair Thomas, Founder and Artistic DirectorCovey Law . Artists VisasPhoto by Saverio TragliaJay Kelly/L.C. Williams & Assoc. . PublicistSarah Best Strategies . Social MediaLaura Miracle . WorkshopsChris Wooten . Production Asst./DriverShelby Shariatzadeh . Logistics/DriverSean Gunn . Production/DriverSamuel Barr . InternMolly Bryson . InternBreanne Dengler . InternCyrus Stowe . InternZoe Holmes . Production Asst.Maddy Low . Production Asst.Nicole Nienow . Production Asst.Phillip Solomonson . PhotographerUshers . The SaintsJay Kelly of LCWA*Full time staffFestival Staff at Opening Reception12Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportOperationsBlair Thomas & Co.’s RoleBlair Thomas & Co.’s role in the Festival expanded in 2017as curator, coordinator, and presenter. Leveraging strongpartnerships and support, the Festival contracted eight shows(Narcissister, Feathers of Fire, Open Eye, Teatro dei Piedi, MagaliChouinard, Schroeder Cherry, Interstate Arts, and Plexus Polaire).This expansion of BT&Co.’s role ensured an artistically completeFestival worthy of the international moniker.Italy's Teatro di PiediAdministrative improvements, such as increasedstaffing, establishing a permanent office space in the historic Fine Arts Building,and expansion of public-private partnerships, also allowed the organization tomeet the increasing expectations to operate at an international level by peers –including the coordination of hospitality, lodging, visa acquisition, and groundtransportation.CIPTF Office in the Historic Fine Arts BuildingTravel and HospitalityThe Festival provided substantial hospitality, travel and artist visa support toaccommodate the broad cross section of participants at the Festival coming fromout of town. The Festival provided local transportation including two vans, driversand logistical support, taking artists to and from theaters, events and hotelsincluding to the Festival Neighborhood Tour far from the city center. This generoussupport allowed Festival Partners to commit to bring in national and internationaltalent–some for the first time.LodgingThe Festival provided lodging for 115 artists and other VIPS travelingto the festival. Thanks to a substantial partnership with The WarwickAllerton Hotel, the Festival secured a total of 533 nights of high qualityaccommodations conveniently situated at the center of the Festivalvenues. Other key visitors were welcomed in local homes.The Warwick-Allerton HotelVisasThe Festival provided ongoing administrative support throughout the visa process. Specialized legalexpertise was contracted to secure international work visas for artists. This turned out to be essentialas many of the visa processes were accomplished with an expedited turn around time. During theFestival, these visas were soundly in place during what turned out to be an unexpected and disruptivefederal travel ban.ChicagoPuppetFest.org13

Festival Reportthe 2019 Festival2019JANUARY 17-27Plans for 2019 are already underway with highhopes as to what will be achieved. Many 2017partners have already confirmed involvement in2019. The budget has doubled as the Festival hasevolved and Blair Thomas & Co. is seeking supportfrom all sources to make 2019 even more successfulthan 2017.The Board, staff, and artists of the ChicagoInternational Puppet Theater Festival are gratefulfor the generous support received from all aroundChicago and the globe.Thank you for supporting our mission to advance theart of puppetry, and to produce and present sophisticatedwork vital to the cultural life of Chicago and influentialnationally and internationally.14Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportSponsorsBlair Thomas & Co. gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generoussupport of the Festival and Blair Thomas & Co.ChicagoPuppetFest.org15

Festival ReportThis list represents gifts madeto Blair Thomas & Co. andthe Puppet Festival throughFebruary 2017. Please acceptour apology and contact us ifyou notice an error.Festival Suppºrters 10,000- 50,000 100- 499Jentes Family FoundationAnonymousCristina & Bennett LaskoKristy Kitzmiller &Rachel BronsonKevin LawlerBrian AsnerKate LeFauveLiz AvilesSusan Manning & Doug DoetschMichelle BalazCathleen MarineWilliam BeinMichelle McClennanJohn Boesche &Maureen MizwickiBrandon MoranElizabeth Liebman 5,000- 9,999Jeanne Uzdawinis-BoescheAnn NathanPenny CatoNetwork for GoodRance ClouserEva NiewiadomskiPatricia & Leonard DominguezLee & Sharon OberlanderRose DyrudKim Ohms & Joseph NovelliMary EmmerickWilliam Padnos & Margy KayeCarol FarverRita ParidaSara Farr & Lin BrehmerRenata FerrariChris PeakGinger Farley & Bob ShapiroEva FieldEmily PelaIngeborg KohlerMolly & Tom FlemingMiriam Socoloff &Paul LevyJoanie FriedmanPasfarda Arts & Cultural ExchangeTatiana GantD. Elizabeth PriceNina & Steve SchroederSandy & Dave GerdingJulia Rhoads & Alex BrennemanRick StonehamTom Goodman & Rick MarzecClaire RiceDene & Gordon ThomasLaura GooneJack Rubin & Pat Yuzawa-RubinChuck ThurowAnna GreenbergDavid RudmanLawrence GrimmAndrea Saenz & John BrackenSusan & Phil HagueRhoda & Michael SchlesingerVered Hankin &Marilena SerbanescuKerry James MarshallMarshall Frankel Foundation 1,000- 4,999 500- 999B. Jeremy KaufmanMichael PresserDavid ShapiroEllen Stone BelicCarolyn J. HillisMel Smith & Janet Carl SmithAaron Greven &Katherine HrinyakMaureen SweeneyLynn HyndmanBlair ThomasJohn & Lisa JensenBrian InmanFrank & Kathleen ThometzClaire RiceChris & Sara JulsrudChristy UchidaJane SahlinsJan E. KallishCharles VernonEva Silverman & Charles KiteElizabeth KarpowiczChristine WatkinsColleen SimsMaggie KastMary WilliamsAsheley B. SmithJohn KennellyEric WindCarol TrobeStephanie KonkolKatrina WittkampMichelle WilsonJohn KulczyckiDorothy Zalewski & Dan EnghAngel Ysaguirre & Bob WebbCarrie LannonRhyan ZweiflerKristin Boeke-Greven16Sidney Nagel & Young-Kee KimLeah BohannonCheryl Lynn Bruce &Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report

Festival ReportUp to 99Anonymous (2)Bernadette FoleyCarrie LaRueHanna PrzybylskiHomer AbiadCameron FriedlanderKenjiro LeeKimberly RichardsFrançois Aquino-CutcherKathleen GerdesTom LeeKendra RobinsonGayatri BatraRichard GinsburgJohn LeonardJeremy RosenbergEmmy BeanDinesh GoburdhunDavid LoefflerRachael RossDaniel BleilSuzanne GriffelKevin LongstrethLola RuckerKathleen ButeraChris GrodoskiMelynda LopinAgnieszka Rynkiewicz-SarrafianMax CallahanHeather GrohElizabeth LuseCamille SerbickiDavid CarlsonMark GullicksonDavid MactaggartParita ShahStephanie CarpenterAbbey HambrightSusanne MathewsonRobert ShatkinChristopher CarsonLaurie HammelBert MencoChristopher & Hisea SheaTony ChurchillMeg HammondGicel MercadoMark ShermanCecilia ConradJennifer HannaTeresa MezaTerri SilverstoneMichelle CroninMichael HansJanice MillerGeorge Sisson, Jr.Pamela CrutchfieldMike HartnettArthur MixonNorm SloanAmy DavisCynthia HoRyan & Jesse Mooney-BullockMagda SlowikDarren Davis Jr.John HoldenJohn MooreKeith SmithCamille De FrankIrina HynesKathy MooreCarrie SpitlerSusan DicksonAlex JacksonKimberly MyersJonny StaxFaith DusekCatherine JasekRoxanna MyhrumCourtney TanRichard EastlineCynthia JohoBetsy NathanMargaret TempleDaniel EavensonJack & Ginny JonesDan NearyAllison TennSofia EddyLisa KaplanSusan NoelJoe ThielmannSpencer EdwardsCourtney KelledeaJohn & Patricia O'NealMargaret Tomaszek-WitryClifford EinhornJay KellyTim OravecRonald TracyJane & Mark EpsteinElise KerrJason PalmquistMaria VazquezLuke EricksonMohammad KhanGeorga K. ParchemMarco VerzocchiChristina ErnstTodd KiechAnkit PatelPeter WaltonMilton EsbittKelly KienitzRon PatemanVirginia WarrenJessica May EscorciaEileen KleesJane Sisco PerkinsHeather WhitmanMiriam ExRaymond KoltysClarisse PerretteZachary WhittenburgTressa FerrellaMichael KorobovHaidy & John PetersonJulie WilenVanessa FilleyBeth KronfeldMarcy PhillipsMichael WinstonAndrew FinkoCholley KuhaneckLynn PowellStefanie WrightDominica FisherAki KuhnChris PressKristine YasutakeSPECIAL THANKS TO: Barbara Abel, Yvonne Afable, Nathan Allen, Tom Artetis, Liz Aviles, Mary Kate Barley-Higgins, Adam Belcuore, Jill Bishop,Michelle Boone, Brett and Leslie Buxbaum-Danzig, Deb Clapp, Heidi Coleman, Katie Collins, Shoni Currier, Yolanda Cursach, Sheri Doyel, Eighth Blackbird,Dan Engh, Leigh Fagin, The Fine Arts Building Staff, Shellee Frazee, Kim Goldman, Susan Hague, Eli Halpern, Teresa Hernando Rojo, Deidre Huckabay,Heather Ireland-Robinson, Justine Jentes, Jacob Joiner, Kendall Karg, Chelsea Keenan, Dan Kerr-Hobart, Albera Lai, Jim Law, Jamey Lundblad, Frank Maugeri,Michelle McClennan, Peter McDowell, Bill Michel, Sydney Nagel, Pranita Nayar, Grace Needlman, Mike Oleon, Rebekah Paine, Stephanie Plenner, Julia Rhoads,John Rich, Samantha Rio, Jacqueline Russell, Jane Sahlins, The Saints, Roell Schmidt, Aaron Shapiro, Jackie Schroeder, Eva Silverman, Jeff Spitz, Heidi Stillman,Cyrus Stowe, Peter Taub, Max Temkin, Paul Teruel, Phil Timberman, Carmelita Tiu, Anna Trier, Anna Marie Wilharm, Chay Yew, and Dorothy ZalewskiChicagoPuppetFest.org17

Bºard of DirectorsClaire Rice, ChairRobert ShatkinChuck Thurow, Vice Chair/Interim ChairArchitecture and Planning ProfessionalFormerly, Executive Director at Hyde Park ArtCenterAsheley SmithDirector of Development, The Family Instituteat Northwestern UniversityRick Stoneham, TreasurerFormerly, Senior VP at JP Morgan Chase & Co.Colleen Sims, SecretaryExecutive Director, Project OnwardCheryl Lynn BruceEnsemble Member, Steppenwolf TheatreAndrea SaenzFirst Deputy Commissioner, ChicagoPublic LibraryBlair ThomasArtistic Director & Founder, Blair Thomas & Co./Chicago International Puppet Theater FestivalAdjunct Associate Professor, The School of the ArtInstitute of ChicagoAngel YsaguirreExecutive Director, Illinois Humanities CouncilPat Yuzawa-RubinThis list represents boardmembership as of May 2017.contactTo donate online, visit chicagopuppetfest.org or makecheck payable to Blair Thomas & Co. and send to:Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival410 S. Michigan Ave, Studio 501Chicago, IL 60605312-753-3234Rough House. Photo by Brave Lux.Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: 2017 Festival Report I ChicagoPuppetFest.orgDesign by Silver Egg Studios I silver-egg.org

Allerton hotel. The Festival also funded and facilitated acquisition of international visas for . Free performances took place at Navy Pier, the Chicago Cultural Center, Marquette Park, Hamilton Park, Garfield Park, Calumet Park, and . A V E . WESTER AVE. NO R T H A V E. A V E. F U LL E R T A V E. F O S TE R A V