2018 National Puppet Slam: Meet the Artists

For one weekend only, experience the beauty, ingenuity, and hilarity of original short-form puppetry by talented artists from across the United States during the National Puppet Slam! These contemporary pieces for adult audiences have been nominated by their respective slams and curated for an evening of short works that aspire to be as varied as the vast national network of independently produced puppetry slams it celebrates.


We’ll be featuring a new artist every week so you can get to know more about them and their pieces. First up is Myra Su, who created “Copy & Paste.”

Myra Su is a Chicago-based narrative artist specializing in storytelling through puppetry and theater. Her primary medium is shadow puppetry, but her work also includes experimentations with crankies, bunraku, paper craft, video, and even taxidermy. Her work has been featured at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Baltimore Crankie Festival, and the National Puppet Slam / DragonCon in Atlanta, GA.

Growing up in between the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, she is interested in using puppetry to convey stories that are culturally mobile and emotionally universal. Her work is usually driven by a simple concept or motif, which is then interpreted through a self-reflexive application of puppetry.

In addition to her independent projects, she is a touring puppeteer with Manual Cinema, a shadow puppet theater company in Chicago. With the company, she has performed across the US and also internationally in Europe and Asia.


About “Copy & Paste”:

In a 1950s inspired metropolis, a female employee at a press office is caught in a rainstorm on the way to work. Soaked wet, she realizes that she, and everything around her is made out of paper.

“Copy & Paste” is a shadow puppet piece performed entirely on overhead projectors. In a 1950s-inspired metropolis, a female employee at a press office is caught in a rainstorm on the way to work. Soaked wet, she realizes that she, and everything around her is made out of paper. A completely non-verbal piece, “Copy & Paste” is music-driven, featuring a jazz and neoclassical soundtrack.


The 2018 National Puppet Slam runs Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018, at the Center for Puppetry Arts for ages 18+. Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Beer and wine will be for sale at the bar. Tickets are available here.