The Magic Boat
The Magic Boat is the first Web-Series produced entirely by Colorphony Creations. Tyler Scott Culligan is the creator and writer, Tayler Elise Culligan is the Artistic Director, and Jason Gerber is the Director of Photogrphy. Its not as zany as your typical kids material, and we think that’s for good reason; with slower pacing and more relatable situations children are allowed time to grow along with the characters. It's a safe place with real friends, real struggles and real laughs.
The show takes place aboard a magical boat who has a mind of her own. The writers and creators of the show take just as much care with their wholesome, positive voice as they do with their puppets and hand-crafted special effects. The Magic Boat’s quality content is low-stimulus, but still engaging and accessible for all ages. Every character is authentically engineered to foster positive interactions and genuine dialogue.Visit THE MAGIC BOAT'S Official YouTube Channel
Lookingglass was founded in 1988 by David Catlin, David Schwimmer (Friends), Lawrence DiStasi, David Kersnar, Eva Barr, Joy Gregory, Andy White, and Thom Cox. They have since performed more than fifty world-premiere original works. In 2011 Lookingglass was the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Colorphony Creations was in charge of maintenence and creating custom travel bags for the parrot puppets in their 2016 run of Treasure Island.
Blair Thomas and Company
Blair Thomas and Company is an internationally recognized Chicago-based theater company creating innovative puppetry performances incorporating musical, literary and puppetry traditions to create uniquely expressive spectacle theater.Founder and Artistic Director Blair Thomas began his puppetry career in 1989 when he co-founded Redmoon Theater. He created BT+Co as a chamber puppet theater to showcase the various expressive capabilities of hand, shadow, marionette and bunraku-style puppetry in a more intimate setting. BT+Co has built an award-winning repertoire with original interpretations of literature and music. Colorphony Creations has a rich and rewarding relationship with Blair Thomas spanning six years. In that time Tyler has built puppets, mechanisms and stage elements for some of their largest shows.
Chicago Childrens Theater
The Chicago Children’s Theatre is Chicago’s premier professional theatre company dedicated to creating awe-inspiring theatrical productions and programs for communities through inclusion and accessibility; inspiring young people and families to lead lives of adventure, courage, and curiosity. There has been tremendous critical and popular support of Chicago Children’s Theatre and since the theatre’s inception in 2005, more than 280,000 youth and families have attended its productions. Colorphony Creations has contributed puppets and puppetry to CCT's 2013 production of The Houdini Box, and their 2015 staging of The Selfish Giant.
"Viewing all of creation as from the hand of an all-loving God has improved my dedicaiton to creating and sustaining beautiful things."
Tyler Scott Culligan graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he studied narrative arts with a focus in media and performance. While there he learned technical skills, such as After Effects, sculpture, animation, and puppetry performance. Tyler began creating puppets and performing in productions right out of school, and his spark of creativity was fanned into a flame thanks to the bustling, world-famous Chicago Theater Scene. Between day jobs, Tyler conceived The Magic Boat as an entertaing production aimed to nourish both children's minds and hearts. The show would offer relational fruits he didn't see being conveyed from other media. In 2011, with a grant from The Wicker Park Advisory Council, The Magic Boat Live show was born, and continued to perform in the parks for next four years. In October of 2015, with a crew of creatives, he was finally able to get the formula right for producing a hand-made, grassroots children's show. In this project, Tyler was involved in every step: from, writing the scripts and creating the puppets to editing the video and even recording the show's original music. All the hard work was well worth it, because the highly-polished final product was very well received gathering thousands of organic views. Currently, Tyler is developing a full length version of the show, looking for investors to make a pilot, and hoping to pitch the show to interested networks.
This is where we get to meet you! If you have a puppet in mind lets get the ball rolling, or if you have a project you'd like to discuss Tyler is availible for freelance contracting. Cheers!