Jan’s Clan is a puppet show for all occasions including every holiday theme. Each musical variety show is filled with an amazing assortment of 8 different characters performing well known popular songs!

Live puppet chatter with audience participation doubles the impact of this ageless art. These large, full-figured puppets reflect a multifaceted talent for original idea and design along with complicated animation. Seasonal characters and age-appropriate music make it easy to customize a program to fit any specific need. See what Jan's Fans are saying!

The “Clan” also offers an optional, 15 minute pre-show question and answer demonstration at no additional charge. Jan takes the audience through the various stages of construction in puppet making. Highlighting this process will inspire creativity and encourage young audiences to follow their own unique talents.

So whatever you choose, be it an educational program or just fun entertainment, “Jan’s Clan” is guaranteed to captivate young and old alike! But don’t take our word for it! Let the puppets speak for themselves. Watch the Video!




About Jan

As creator and life-force of the “Clan”, Jan Nelson has stimulated the minds and imaginations of Chicagoland audiences at schools, park districts, libraries, country clubs, village and corporate sponsored functions for over 25 years.

Jan began making puppets with her older sister, Nan, at the tender age of 8. Using fabric remnants and items commonly found around any household, the two began sewing a simple hand puppet similar to a “sock” puppet. Buttons became eyes. Yarn became hair. Clothing was made out of every color imaginable until a variety of characters emerged. What began as a summer afternoon activity blossomed into neighborhood entertainment.

Jan and Nan were seasoned performers by their early teens appearing at local gatherings and parties. Their creativity and uniqueness earned them a regular spot on the WCIU, channel 26 television show “Up Tempo”. This weekly 30 minute program featured popular rock bands, with 2 segments of musical skits performed by puppet personalities.

Jan continued her performing interests by attending The Goodman School of Drama. There she realized that rather than dramatic stage acting she was still captivated by her desire to pursue her career as a puppeteer. Shortly after her studies at Goodman, “Jan’s Clan” was born.

Jan builds all of her puppets herself using the same procedure she learned as a child. She sews each character by hand and in doing so gives them the exact personality and features she desires each puppet to have. Jan illustrates and explains this ageless art to the audience during the optional 15 minute demonstration that precedes her performance.

Besides entertaining, Jan used her talents to make puppets at the request of Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. The collection of 9 characters included a doctor, a Caucasian nurse, an African-American nurse, a father, mother, girl, boy, a baby and an angel complete with stethoscopes, hospital gowns and accessories. All had to withstand harsh washings after each use. Young patients, either shy or scared, now were able to communicate their emotions concerning their treatments and hospital stay to staff members.

Jan resides in Palos Heights, where she and her husband Jim have raised 3 children, Mark, Matt and Lauren, and a 120lb Golden Retriever named Oliver. She is active in the PFA and headed the “Rocking Chair Reader” program at her local school district. Her school involvement and parenting have enabled her to stay current and relevant to today’s youth. She is intent on inspiring creativity and encourages younger members of her audiences to follow their own individual talents. That creative force has made “Jan’s Clan” a unique puppet show which delights young and old alike.


Jan's Clan wishes to thank voiceover legend Jan Gabriel for adding his amazing voice to our promotional video and web site's audio welcome.




For further information about Chicagoland’s most unique puppet entertainment call us at (630) 243-7732 or send us an email at jan@jans-clan-puppets.com.

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