Dave Herzog has been involved in the art of puppetry since receiving a toy marionette from his father when he was four years old.
A fulltime professional puppeteer for more than 40 years, Dave is well-known to audiences throughout the Chicagoland area. He is a popular guest at hundreds of schools, preschools, summer camps, libraries, fairs, and festivals annually. Dave has also been a frequent performer at Chicago’s world-famous Navy Pier, and is the creator of one of the Pier’s signature characters, Fathom the Sea Serpent.
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 in 1991 at the famed off-Broadway Joseph Papp Public Theater. Dave is proud to be associated with Chicago’s Emerald City Children’s Theater, having created marionettes for their critically acclaimed productions of A Fairy Tale Life, Dr. Doolittle, and A Nutty Nutcracker. Dave has also served as the Great Lakes Regional Director of The Puppeteers of America, the vice-president of the Chicagoland Puppetry Guild, and as the Guild newsletter editor.