Seth Chappell, Instructor, Designer
Seth is a Quad City native who has had a love for theatre, and the arts, since he was a very small child. At the age of 10, Seth created and performed with a puppet for the 1st time and was hooked.
In high school Seth was involved in the stage crew, keeping his creative side progressing by building and painting sets. In college he made the shift from backstage to center stage by taking on many lead roles in various productions at Blackhawk College in Moline, IL.
In 2008, Seth's love of the performing arts led him to start his own puppet performance and creation company, FoamFoolery (www.foamfoolery.net) This is where Seth not only gets to perform but also created puppets of his own design for passion projects, client commissions, and other organizations. Most recently Seth's work was voted "Reader's Choice" for "Best Live Theater Performance" with the Quad City Times.
Seth began his involvement with Davenport Junior Theatre in spring of 2016 as the puppet creator for DJT's production of "The Magical Lamp of Aladdin." Having never created a puppet for stage use, he jumped at the chance! Not only did Seth create "Alakazam" the monkey, but he wrote a "monkey script" and worked daily with the student puppeteer to make "Alakazam" come to life as a member of the ensemble cast.
Since then Seth has created large and small puppets for many local stage productions. Even some requiring 3 to 4 puppeteers to perform a single creation. On the DJT campus, Seth has led puppet creation with camps, shared his love of puppetry during 1st grade workshop visits and is looking forward to expanding Puppetry Performance classes to students looking for a fun way to express themselves on stage.