Please use this page and links to learn more about the art form of puppetry!
UNIMA (Union 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.
International UNIMA centers
A listing of all international UNIMA centers, with links to their websites.
Puppeteers of America
Puppeteers of 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.
Puppetry Yellow Pages
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.).
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