In the Heart of the Beast

Puppet and Mask Theatre

Upcoming Events

Make a One-Time Donation to support our programming

This coming year we need YOUR contributions to support The Neighborhood of Make Believe, a celebration of 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood told through by people living in our own neighborhood; the 44th Annual MayDay Parade and Celebration; the 8th season of Puppet Lab; and the 19th season of Saturday Matinee for Kids!

What is your vision for the Avalon Theatre?

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) hopes to make significant renovations to our home in the Avalon Theater in the coming years. But first, we want to engage our neighbors in a discussion about how the Avalon can best meet the needs of the people we serve.

2017 MayDay shirts for sale!

Didn't get a 2017 MayDay shirt? No problem.

2017 MayDay shirts are now available to purchase online! Choose between a beautiful sapphire blue and an electric green. The image was designed by Sandy Spieler for this year’s MayDay celebration “Imagine, Heal, Resist.” All proceeds go towards In the Heart of the Beast programming.

HOBT School Residencies

Did you know HOBT offers artist residencies for schools and community organizations?

For decades, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre has been engaging students of all ages and abilities all over the Midwest with its unique, interactive residencies.

Meet Our Associate Artists: we are fortunate to work with a circle of radiant Associate Artists who both inspire and carry out the many programs and projects of our theatre. Learn More...