CHICAGO PUPPET STUDIO

Chicago Puppet Studio is the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival’s puppet design and fabrication arm, led by Blair Thomas and Tom Lee. Blair designed the puppets at Lookingglass for Mr. & Mrs. Pennyworth, his own production of The Brotherhood of the Monastic Order of Ancient Mariners Purges the Ills of Society Through a Reading of the Tales of Moby-Dick (last seen at the MCA), and is currently the Artistic Director of the Puppet Festival. Tom has appeared in War Horse on Broadway and Madame Butterfly for the Metropolitan Opera, in addition to designing puppets, scenery, and projections for numerous other companies. Tom and Blair led the puppet design for Lookingglass’ 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas and are also collaborating on a new work by Greg Allen entitled Buried Alive With Edgar Allan Poe, developed at the Figur Teatret in Norway.

Bio as of 2019