Presented by Kat Pleviak, Erin Krause, & Maggie Krause

Do you love animals? Do you dream of being a mad scientist? Are you excited by puppets? Then this class is for you! Come to this make-&-take workshop to design & build your own, original, paper puppet, mechanics and all!

Participants will chose from a variety of heads, bodies, & booties that they can use to make their own unique creature and then add any number of steampunk themed add on’s to blend nature and technology. Guided by the talented staff of Sea Beast Puppet Company (, this craft is all ages but is specifically great for kids ages 5-12 as the art is detailed and adults who enjoy coloring will also really enjoy this project.

Kat Pleviak is the Artistic Director and founder of Sea Beast Puppet Company in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has an BFA in Directing from the University of Illinois (2002) and an MFA in Youth Theatre and Puppetry from the University of Hawaii Manoa (2009).
Under Kat’s direction Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original projects and productions including the Puppet Meltdown Puppet Slam, “The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy”, “The History of Light” and “Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou”, which won best in show at the Chicago Fringe 2013. She has taught countless workshops all over the country and currently serves the Membership Officer for the Puppeteers of America. Kat was a featured artist in Puppetry International’s issue of “40 under 40.


Erin Krause is the best Box Office Manager a group could want and is also a committed puppet enthusiast. She also worked for years as a High School teacher and is one Sea Beast’s go to and favorite workshop presenters. When not at Sea Beast she works as a legal secretary and rocks some of the best original cosplay around.


Maggie Krause may be young but is a long time Sea Beast alumni. She has been helping Sea Beast present at conferences for years and when they are not teaching puppetry on land, they teach swim lessons in the water. They are also enjoy creative writing and is absolutely crushing driving!


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