Allyson Gonzalez Esq. is a queer Chicana playwright, interdisciplinary artist and Creative Director of the Puppeteers of Color Social. She independently produces one-woman puppet shows, with an emphasis on sustainable practices, as well as collaborates with other puppeteers from around the world. She also makes stop-motion films and runs a bi-annual residency for Art, Science & Cultural Exchange. Her ethics propel her to constantly pursue achieving more equity and accessibility for BIPOC, disabled and special needs artists. Founder of the international holiday Thankyoutine's Day, she encourages you to celebrate often and help spread the word by sending a Thankyoutine today!
Allyson taught herself how to code at age 12, resulting in over twenty years of UX design experience. From the fall of 2009 until its early retirement in spring of 2017, she was the Artistic Conductor of Stand On Your Hands and Clap, a laboratory she founded where she could experiment with publishing, puppetry, film and performance art. Over twenty new works were summoned into existence during the seven year run. Since 2012, Allyson has been the Author and Publisher of Save the Bees Worx, a three-volume zine bringing awareness to the decline of pollinators while providing stimulating, literary adventures and SOS DISTRESS SIGNALS TO GET US THROUGH STOP , a feminist battle cry. Allyson has sold her comics, zines and art work at pop-up shops hosted at Double Door, Empty Bottle, Underground Art Market & more.
Her plan was to tour her solo show Hosting Your Own Retrospective Is Like Throwing Your Own Birthday Party But That's Not Going to Stop Me (an examination of the first decade) from STL > CHI > ITALIA > NYC from spring 2019 - fall 2021, but with COVID-19 travel restrictions, she's reformulating her show to be screened online. Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates on this project.
Since performing is indefinitely on hold, Allyson is getting back to her roots in publishing. She's working on a zine to re-envision her retrospective, which will include reissued versions of out-of-print work. Please reach out if you make zines and want to collaborate!
She lives in Chicago with her husband and their telescope. Her favorite hobbies include going on adventures with her Polaroid and lomo'instant, drawing hot dogs and crocheting. Her favorite things to collect are books, records, rocks and 7-free nail polish.