Puppeteers of Color Incubator

The inaugural season of the Puppeteers of Color Incubator (POCI) kicked off in August 2018 with an amazing intensive workshop led by the talented Tom Lee. The cohort had the opportunity to dive right in and experiment with Lee’s specialty, bunraku-style, a traditional Japanese form of puppetry and theater.

As the season progresses, the cohort of nine artists and creatives will explore, not only various styles and traditions in puppetry, but their own practices and how they can grow and expand. During the incubator, the artists will attend local performances, participate in workshops with leading contemporary puppet artists, work with an individual mentor and artists, and have the option to perform new work during a special Nasty, Brutish, and Short, as well as, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.

The Incubator, is first and foremost a place for collaboration and community. The Puppeteers of Color Incubator (POCI) aims to bring artists and creatives of color together to create a strong network and collaborative space.

The artistry of puppet making and performance has a rich history with deep roots in cultures all over the world. Puppeteers of Color Incubator (POCI) aims to give ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists a platform to explore and re-imagine this genre. Join us for a puppetry and object-based performance incubator for artists of color co-presented by Rough House Theater, Links Hall, and the Arts Leaders of Color Network. This project is inspired by the programming created by Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop (based in Minneapolis) to nurture Native/POC in contemporary puppetry.