"You could call southside native Allyson Gonzalez a puppeteer,
but "alchemist" is not wholly inaccurate."
- Catey Sullivan, The Chicago Reader
"Allyson's puppet show was witty and scathing,
one of my favorites of all time."
- Maisie O'Brien, Puppeteer & Educator
Feedback from Sam Grossman on attending my residency:
"Allyson Gonzalez is a friend and artistic collaborator. In 2018 I attended the Allyson Gonzalez Residency for Art, Science & Cultural Exchange. Over the course of a weekend, Allyson helped me create a portfolio website, gave me much needed career coaching, and we still had time to record a stop-motion animation! Allyson continues encouraging me and pushing me towards creative opportunities. Allyson is a talented artist and collaborator. She acknowledges and calls attention to the artists she works with."
Louis Loeb on the impact Puppeteers of Color Social had on her:
“The Puppeteers of Color Social has been instrumental to my growth as an artist and puppeteer. Without the close-knit network, never-ending support, and continuing friendship with many members of the group, I wouldn’t be the same artist that I am today. I would have never thought that one day I would be learning puppetry at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood!!! I have POCS to thank for that incredible journey to where I am today. From sharing various puppetry opportunities to performing in shows together, I definitely found my special tribe at POCS and look forward to helping the group grow beyond Chicago to the West Coast.”
Jamillah Hensin on how Puppeteers of Color Social has shaped her:
"The journey to what has become the Puppeteers of Color Social has been an integral part of my professional arts career. Working within an arts space that so heavily straddles the line of visual and theater arts has given me a more interdisciplinary curatorial practice, leading me to opportunities that continue to challenge my work."