Please use this page and links to learn more about the art form of puppetry!
Internationale de la Marionnette) was founded in 1929 and is the oldest
international theater association in the world, with chapters in 43 countries.
UNIMA was adopted as a member of the International Theatre Institute in
1959, and is a member of the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (Note: site is in French.)
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the headquarters of UNIMA-USA,
the American branch of the international association. UNIMA-USA
was founded by Jim Henson in 1966. It organizes conferences, gives annual
awards to performing and media artists in North America (Citations of
Excellence, the highest honor a puppeteer can receive), publishes Puppetry
International, a yearly magazine focused on puppetry in theater and media,
and distributes a newsletter and calendar of puppetry events worldwide.
It also offers scholarships to study abroad. An annual resource guide
offers members global visibility for their shows, workshops and services.
A listing of all international
UNIMA centers, with links to their websites.
America, Inc., a national non-profit founded in 1937, provides information,
encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet
theatre. Share the enchantment of puppetry with others who are enthusiastic
about the art form.
UNIMA-USA fulfills its mission in a range of formal and informal ways, but especially by encouraging and providing contacts to North American puppeteers traveling throughout the world and providing the same courtesy to international puppeteers traveling in North America. Please reference the Puppetry Yellow Pages for puppeteers or puppetry companies in your area. Their functions can encompass the following: touring company, puppetry center, resident puppetry theater, puppetry museum, workshops, classes, design, construction services, and other activities (including birthday parties, festivals, puppet slams, etc.).
Chartered in 1974, the Atlanta Puppetry Guild is a part of the national Puppeteers of America organization. The guild is dedicated to bringing together artists, educators, librarians, hobbyists, professionals, and everyday people who share an interest in the art of puppetry. Current activities include potluck socials, field trips to view and discuss adult and family puppetry presentations, occasional workshops, and participation in the National Day of Puppetry on the last Saturday in April.
The Puppetry Store
offers over 200 puppet and puppet related books, pamphlets, scripts, patterns,
video and audio tapes. Serves beginning to professional puppeteers, with
instructions on how to make hand, rod, shadow and marionette puppets;
information concerning stage construction, play writing, puppetry in school
education and religious education; and puppetry with special age and special
needs groups. A service of the Puppeteers
Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community and is dedicated
to helping people connect with the world of puppetry. This site is the
place to start for research or if you have a question about a specific
puppet. Lists links to numerous other puppetry sites and resources.
Jim Henson Productions
- Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog cut the ribbon to open the Center. Today,
the Hensons are still strong supporters of the Center. Learn
more about Jim Henson's vision and creations.
The Ballard Institute
and Museum of Puppetry is a branch of the Department of Dramatic Arts,
School of Fine Arts, at the University of Connecticut. It was founded
in 1987 to preserve the puppets built by students under the direction
of Frank Ballard, a professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts. The
Museum now includes puppets of all types from all corners of the world.
of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program - Earn a degree in puppet arts.