May 3 - KuklaFest Gala
Join us at the Historic Saugatuck Woman's Club for a festive evening of food, drink and entertainment.
Scott Gryder | Singing Puppeteer
Scott has been seen throughout Chicagoland, with appearances including "Jesus Christ Superstar" Lyric Opera Chicago, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place, and "South Pacific" Light Opera Works. He has performed in cabarets at such venues as Victory Gardens Theater, Skokie Theatre, and Davenport’s. Starting in 2011, Gryder introduced puppet cabaret into his long-running solo act "SIMPLY SCOTTY," founding TSGpuppetry, specializing in using a blend of patterns and free hand designs to create an assortment of completely handmade, customized character and human hand puppets. Gryder has a B.A. in Theater from Texas Tech University. MeTV’s "Green Screen Adventures" earned him Daytime Emmy Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2015 for "Outstanding Achievement in Makeup."
Kevin Frisch | Cabaret Marionettes
The Frisch Marionettes, a Cincinnati based puppet company, performs puppet shows in libraries, theaters and for school children of all ages! The Frisch Marionettes have built puppets, masks and costumes for The Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati and The Puppetworks Inc. of New York.
The Frisch Marionettes were featured in People Magazine, SHOWTIMES' "Twisted Puppet Theater," the PBS Documentary "The American Puppet," "2 Broke Girls" and onstage with The Cincinnati Opera as well as in the New York store windows of Saks 5th Ave., Bloomingdale's and Hermes New York and in the family film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” and "WAREHOUSE 13."
Be a Sponsor
KuklaFest is produced in cooperation with Hystopolis Productions, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting the art of puppetry since 1982. All proceeds support the events, documentary, and scholarships to the puppetry conference.
This important local documentary will include oral history interviews with locals who remember Burr Tillstrom, snippets of local footage of Burr and his puppets, and never before seen footage from the Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust.