Nasty, Brutish & Short
Nasty, Brutish & Short is a Chicago-based quarterly cabaret of contemporary short-form puppet and object based theater for adult audiences. The cabaret provides an opportunity for professional quality puppet artists to perform new work, fosters creative exchange between puppet artists of different geographies, generations and specialties, and introduces audiences to innovative and compelling puppet theatre.

Presented by Links Hall and Rough House Theater
Curated by Mike Oleon and Grace Needlman

Hosted by Noah Ginex

For more information, or to apply to perform, visit the official website here.

For past work shown at NBS, click here.

Nasty, Brutish & Short is supported by a grant from the Heather Beth Henson Fund.


We also have quarterly Puppets-In-Progress workshops, which are free and open to the community. PIPs create a forum for artists and puppeteers of any level of experience to bring fledgling puppet experiments to a non-judging, knowledgeable audience for feedback and support. The next one is happening in August! Email for details.