Creventive Puppet Company's mission is to promote excellence in puppetry as a theatrical art form through creativity and innovation. We provide an opportunity for people of all ages to view puppet performances and enrich the community through imaginative storytelling by building and touring fantastic shows for government agencies, corporations and other organizations that deliver important educational messages to elementary school students.
Under the artistic direction of Connor Asher, Creventive Puppet Company builds complete puppet productions to help carry your educational message, performing for hundreds of live performances for family audiences every year. Their shows tour to theaters, festivals, and public events all over Chicago, IL. We also build custom puppets for video and theatrical work and provide expert puppetry consultation.
MEET THE MINDS BEHIND CREVENTIVE
Ever since Connor Asher was two years old, he was interested in puppetry. Connor was inspired by Sesame Street and Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. Then his parents took him to “Sesame Street Live” and exposed him to the theatre. He fell in love, and immediately after, he began putting on his own live shows in my basement for family members, guests and neighborhood kids that incorporated puppetry, song and dance.
While Connor was in school, he forgot about puppetry but was writing stories, making up characters, drawing, taking theatre/art classes, doing voices, and producing videos.
In 2011, Connor rediscovered his love of puppetry through “The Muppets – 2011” when Disney re-launched them for a new generation. All the memories flooded back, and he remembered how these characters made him feel, and realized this was something special. Months later, Connor discovered “Being Elmo – A Puppeteers Journey” and finally got to see what it was to be a puppeteer. Connor saw the pure joy the art of puppetry brought to people’s lives and realized it was a combination of so many arts he was already pursuing. In that moment, he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Connor realized his high school was not giving him the education he wanted or deserved, so he began actively pursuing local workshops and classes outside of school. Connor discovered Stan Winston School of Character Arts and had the opportunity to learn different techniques including puppet fabrication, mold making and more. It was through this, and lots of trial and error that he began learning how to build puppets.
In 2014, Connor founded Creventive Puppet Co and began producing educational puppet productions for family audiences.
Outside of his work, Connor has performed as a puppeteer for Opera In Focus, Sea Beast Puppet Company, The Field Museum, Jabberwocky Marionettes, Jeannie McQueenie Productions, and more.
Connor has also been fortunate to teach the art of puppetry at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts camp as the head of the puppetry shop in 2017, as well as offering educational puppet performance and building workshops for the public, teaching at libraries, schools, public events and conventions which has allowed him to travel throughout the USA.
In addition to puppetry, Connor is a part-time preschool teacher working in early childhood education and development. He volunteers his time to organizations such as the Chicagoland Puppetry Guild as their vice president and the Kiwanis Club of Oak Park River Forest where he has done multiple hospital visits to sick children with his puppet characters and built costumed wheelchairs for children with disabilities.
In 2017, Connor was awarded the Mike and Frances Oznowicz Young Adult scholarship to attend the Puppeteers of America’s National Puppetry Festival in Saint Paul, MN.
Connor hopes to continue exploring and pushing the boundaries of early childhood education through the art of puppetry in the future.
Caelan Cavanagh is a Canadian-based director and writer. Caelan helped co-found Creventive Puppet Company alongside Connor Asher in 2014.
Caelan writes many of the stories and original productions by Creventive Puppet Company.
Jill grew up in Michigan and attended Cranbrook Kingswood where she began her art addiction. She has a Bachelors of Art in European History from Northwestern University and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jill currently is a member of Creventive Puppet Company and runs the Little Puppet Company. She has been creating masks and puppets professionally for almost 25 years. She has been a voiceover actor since 2003. Additionally, Jill has worked in a variety of industries including dental insurance, real estate, film (yes, she has an IMDB listing), renaissance faires and theater. She has lived in Michigan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Taos, New Mexico and currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jill is married to the wonderful writer and performer Eric Frederickson.
Live Touring Shows
Creventive Puppet Co. specializes in performing at venues where there’s a need for quality children’s entertainment including Preschools, Elementary Schools, Libraries, Corporate Events, and Conventions.
Workshops/Classes for adults & Kids
Looking to broaden your performance/building skills? Creventive offers a selection of classes for a wide variety of age groups, ranging from beginners to professionals.
Creating & Performing: Hand/Glove/Sock/Shadow/Table top puppets, Sculpture, Mask-making, and MORE!
Different classes offered weekly from beginner to advanced for children and adults alike.
CPC offers custom services including: concept design, fabrication, sculpture for Television, Film, Stage, Commercials, and more.
The puppets we build are for any use and can be built to fit any specifications based on your character's design and ideas. Our workshop uses only the finest materials available to ensure comfort and long
TV Monitor Puppetry Nights:
Come play and learn the basics on how to use a monitor to perform puppetry for tv/film/improv. Puppets & equipment provided. 16+ ONLY!
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Let us begin by saying that you do not need to feel obligated to give us any money. But if you do enjoy our work and would like to donate out of kindness, we assure you that the money will go to good use (software, hardware, electricity expenses, etc.). Please understand that if you donate, we cannot guarantee that it will get you some random spot into any of our work either.
We give you our promise though that we will continue to make the best work we can. Click the donation link below to donate!