5 July 2007
Michael Montenegro, Chicago
This week we met up with renowned Chicago puppeteer, Michael Montenegro, who built the puppets for the current production of 'The Puppetmaster of Lodz' which is in its final week's run at the Writer's Theatre in Chicago. Michael and his enormously talented partner, Laura Nyman Montenegro, a writer and illustrator of children's books, live in Evanston in Chicago. Montenegro co-founded the Zapato Puppet Theater in Evanston a few years ago and has been making extraordinary puppet theater in Chicago for more than 15 years, but only recently has his work been turning up on the stages of some of Chicago’s major companies. Michael has an old studio, in the middle of his leafy garden, filled with paintings, sculptures and extraordinary puppets, who lie around like little invalids, all so needing the puppeteer's magic to bring them back to life, which only Michael does so well.