Dave Herzog’s Marionettes is a full time professional puppet company specializing in the art of the marionette, and dedicated to preserving the uniquely American art form of the marionette variety show. Not only does Dave perform some 350 shows a year, he also creates all of the beautiful hand carved marionettes used in his dazzling performances.
Dave has been involved in the art of puppetry since receiving a toy marionette from his father when he was four years old.
As a full time professional puppeteer for 40 years Dave has performed thousands of shows in theaters, amusement parks, schools, and libraries nationwide.
Well known to audiences throughout the Chicago land area, Dave is a popular guest at hundreds of schools, preschools, summer camps, libraries, fairs, and festivals each year. Dave has also been a frequent performer at Chicago’s world famous Navy Pier 19 years.
In addition to his own company Dave has been a guest performer with Chicago’s acclaimed Hystopolis productions, and made his New York stage début with the company in 1991 at the famed off broad way Joseph Papp Public Theater. Dave is also proud to be associated with Chicago’s spectacular Emerald City Children’s Theater, having created marionettes for their critically acclaimed productions of A Fairy Tale Life, and Dr. Dolittle, and A Nutty Nutcracker. Dave also serves as the Great Lakes Regional Director of The Puppeteers of America.
Special Themed Shows include “Halloween Hi-Jinks”, “Oktoberfest”, and “The Pumpkin Patch Review.”