Puppet Program

Fun with Puppets returns to Gen Con for the fourth year!

Puppetry is an ancient art form that has been used to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of adults and children for centuries. Whether you’re already a puppeteer, interested in the art form, or you just want to be entertained, there’s puppetry programming at Gen Con that is sure to captivate you. We’re bringing in top performers in their field to offer everything from workshops, to shows for kids, to after-hours shows for adults-only. You’ll find most programming in Crowne Plaza, Grand Central Station, B.

Indulge your childlike side, or your adult sense of humor, with these events:

  • Puppetry Track Kickoff SEM17118954 (Thursday 5 pm - 6 pm, Crowne Plaza : Grand Central B)
  • Puppet Karaoke ENT17118945 (Thursday 6 pm - 7 pm, Crowne Plaza : Grand Central B)
  • Robotics and Puppetry SEM17118983 (Friday 2 pm - 3 pm, Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Station C)
  • Late Night Puppet Slam ENT17116941 (Friday 11 pm to Midnight, Westin : Grand V)
  • Ubu Faust, Puppet Show ENT17119001 (Saturday 10 pm - 11 pm, Crowne Plaza : Grand Central B)

*Go to Find Events to get tickets for these and many more incredible options.

Puppet Program Guest of Honor

Gen Con is proud to announce that Noel MacNeal will be joining us as our first Guest of Honor for the Puppet Program!

Noel MacNeal launched his career on Sesame Street, where he honed his craft with puppetry legends Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Noel was “Bear,” the gentle and lovable star of the Emmy Award-winning series Disney’s Bear in the Big Blue House and its spin-off series Breakfast with Bear, and received a Daytime Emmy Nomination as “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.” He is also a writer, director, producer, and author of the how-to books “Ten Minute Puppets” and “BOX.” Noel is also the resident puppeteer for the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

We're also happy to have return, as our Puppet Program Coordinator, Stacey Gordon - Stacey is one of our principal performers at our Late Night Puppet Slam, and has been invaluable in helping to grow the program. She's also the performer of the new “Sesame Street” Muppet character, “Julia,” who has autism. Be sure to check out Stacey's multiple workshops, including many kid friendly workshops, to work on your own creation!


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