Bart Buch has been creating, directing, designing, performing and teaching puppetry for 20 years. His puppet direction, design and performance work has been seen at Intermedia Arts, Here Arts Center, La Mama, The Chicago International Puppet Festival, Puppeteers of America National Festival, The Right Here Showcase, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Flint Hills International Children's Festival, Powderhorn Park, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT). Bart focuses on interpreting poetry into puppet performances that he calls puppet poems and seeks to convey the poetry of any story through evocative puppet movement, visual imagery, few spoken words, and an enveloping musical language. He has presented several independent and co-produced performances including Ode to Walt Whitman, Mortal City, The Little Prince, Nature Boy, Kid Enkidu, The Peace Lantern Ceremony, Shadows With No Capital, How Flowers Changed the World, and Music Animated- A Puppet Concert Series. Through HOBT he has performed in over a dozen productions, founded two youth programs, served as a May Day Artist for 13 years, taught over 200 school and community residencies and is now Director of Youth and Community Programs. In the upcoming 2017-18 season he will create and direct a new show at HOBT, The Neighborhood of Make-Believe, exploring "neighborhood helpers" of Phillips/Powderhorn neighborhoods and the life and work of Fred Rogers, Bart's childhood and adult hero. The show will premiere in February, 2018, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood television show.
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