Shadow’s Play @ Elastic Arts

The wonderful Tatsu Aoki and Asian Improv aRts Midwest is helping me produce a show featuring the full repertoire of my work, including a preview of a new collaborative piece!

Shadow’s Play

Saturday (July 14) 2018  | 8:00pm
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago IL 60647
Tickets: $10 regular

For the first time ever, Myra Su will be performing a full repertoire of original work along with a brand new collaborative piece with renown artist/creative musician Tatsu Aoki. Join us through a myriad of worlds and stories, into a city made out of paper, a boy on his first deer hunt, a journey through heartbreak, and an inky face-off between creator and creation. This body of work is mainly from Myra’s shadow puppetry repertoire, but the evening will also include genres outside her specialty, such as crankie and digital projection.

Baltimore Crankie Fest

The Chicago-Baltimore exchange continues! Emily Schubert invited me to present at the 2018 Baltimore Crankie Fest! I’ll be debuting a new piece that combines crankie with digital projections.

2018 Baltimore Crankie Fest

Friday (January 5) | 8:00pm
Saturday (January 6) | 4:30pm & 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 regular, $13 members (+$3 at door)

Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas, known as crankies, return for a 5th year of true fireside magic and puppetry wonder. As in previous years, new crankie’s are created for their festival debut and we line up musical surprises throughout the night.

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Copy & Paste

One rainy day on the way to work, a female employee at a press office discovers that she, and everything around her is made out of paper.

Version 1 debut: Sept 23, 2013
Version 2 debut: Dec 2, 2017

2017 Version Photo Archive


2013 Version Photo Archive


Original story and design by:

Myra Su


Myra Su, Jason McCreery (1st run), Allyson Gonzalez & Mitch Salm (2nd-3rd run), Nick Hall & Kevin Michael Wesson (4th run)


Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall on Sept 23, 2013
(Chicago IL)

Chi-More Puppet Exchange at Black Cherry Puppet Theater on Dec 2, 2017
(Baltimore MD)

Trade Routes Festival at Links Hall on Dec 8-9, 2017
(Chicago IL)

Shadow’s Play at Elastic Arts on July 14, 2018
(Chicago IL)

Trade Routes

The wonderfully talented Emily Schubert and I met at the National Puppetry Slam last year, and we’re delighted to be part of Links Hall’s upcoming Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange program: Trade Routes!

Trade Routes

Thursday (November 30) – Sunday (December 10) 2017 | 7:00pm
Tickets: $12 online, $15 at door ($10 for Students/Seniors)

Five Chicago-based artists/companies have been selected to participate in TRADE ROUTES, a festival of artistic exchange. Each local artist will select an out of town partner they would like to host in Chicago and split a bill with during our festival, and each exchange project will be given a $1,500 travel stipend so that the Chicago artist can go touring to their partnering artist’s hometown.

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Chi-More Puppet Exchange

With assistance from the Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange Grant, I will be bringing a few shadow puppet pieces, with Mitch Salm and Allyson Gonzalez, to the Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.

Chi-More Puppet Exchange

Saturday (December 2) 2017  | 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Tickets: $10 regular ($8 starving artists)

The Chi-More Puppet Exchange is the brain child of Chicago and Baltimore-based puppeteers who met at the 2016 National Puppet Slam. The Exchange aims to bridge the two cities, by bringing artists from Chicago to perform in Baltimore, and vice versa. Join us for a night of cabaret-style performances, featuring cantastoria, shadow, and crankie puppetry.

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Group photo with Black Cherry’s Michael Lamason. Photo credit: Allyson Gonzalez

UMBRA: The Shadow Panel

I was invited to participate in a panel at the Museum of Contemporary Photography for their new exhibit, Viviane Sassen: UMBRA. Experts from a variety of disciplines were brought together to discuss the ways in which the idea of the shadow figures into their professional practice. The panel included Mary Dougherty, Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist; Dr. Andrew Johnson, Vice President of Astronomy and Collections at the Adler Planetarium; Chicago-based author of ‘Heartbreaker’ Maryse Meijer, Myra Su, a narrative artist specializing in storytelling through puppetry and theater, and Viviane Sassen.

An Inter-Dimensional Love Story

AN INTERDIMENSIONAL LOVE STORY follows a long distance relationship between a square and a cube. Inspired by the ideas in Edwin A. Abbott’s ‘Flatland,’ a2 is a square who lives a monotonous, prescribed routine each day. But his life is turned upside down when he falls in love with a three-dimensional being, Charlotte. In order to reach her, he travels between the 2D and 3D world, wherein each dimension is represented by a different style of puppetry.

Stills from video recording, courtesy of links hall and rough house

Script and Design:

Myra Su


Myra Su & Cynthia Campos Costanzo


Corey Smith

Featuring music by:

Takashi Terada


Immaculate, Poignant & Medium Length at Links Hall for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival on Jan 23-25, 2017
(Chicago IL)