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.

UNIMA-USA scholarship for 2015
The UNIMA-USA scholarship committee is now accepting applications for 2015 for people wishing to study puppetry abroad. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014. The committee will review applications in early December and will notify candidates of their decision by December 31, 2014. Please visit the UNIMA-USA site: 

If you have any questions or if you need information about master workshops abroad, please contact Irina Niculescu at:

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.).

Atlanta Puppetry Guild 

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

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 of America.

The Puppetry Home Page

The Puppetry 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 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.

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry

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.

University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program

University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program - Earn a degree in puppet arts.