Blair Thomas & Company is a Chicago-based organization devoted to the advancement of contemporary puppetry through intimate original productions, festival and guest presentations, training opportunities, and educational programs. We hold the conviction that puppetry forges a cathartic connection in audiences of all ages and across social, political, and economic classes.
Led by Artistic Director Blair Thomas, the company’s productions have twice garnered the highest international honor for original work in the medium, the UNIMA Excellence in Puppetry Award. As founder of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Thomas rallied a dozen major cultural institutions in a celebration of the art form that attracted 14,000 participants in January 2015. In addition, Thomas has received the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, the After Dark Award, and a number of Joseph Jefferson Citations. Currently on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Thomas has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and held the first-ever Jim Henson Artist-in-Residence position at the University of Maryland, College Park. Co-founder and past Artistic Director of Redmoon, Thomas has vigorously contributed to the Chicago theater scene as an actor, director, puppeteer, designer, and teacher for three decades, securing his status as “Chicago’s unofficial puppeteer-general” (TimeOut).