Institute of Puppetry Arts
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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is giving one free space to Animotion Intensive to one lucky UNIMA member. 

To be eligible you must be a UNIMA member.  To apply, please submit your current resume and a cover letter expressing why you would like to take Mermaid’s Animotion to and

 Deadline for Applications March 18 @ 5PM 

Winner will informed by March 20th 2019 

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia launched the Institute of Puppetry Arts in 1998 with the aim of promoting and enhancing the art of puppetry both at home and abroad. Classes, workshops and demonstrations, both in-house and through outreach sessions, are tailored to the specific needs of family participants, teachers, recreation leaders, theatre professionals and industry.  Jim Morrow is the project's principal advisor, while Mermaid's senior puppetry experts are available for longer-term residencies and performance projects in addition to shorter assignments.

The Animotion Intensive was created to provide a platform where professional and pre-professional performers, and others, would explore the art of puppetry and related object movement techniques in a nurturing and challenging environment. Because there are few opportunities like Anmotion, response to our initiative has been tremendous with interest coming from all over North America. We are very proud to be able to provide this service to the theatre community from our headquarters in Windsor.

During the three-week intensive, participants will be offered the opportunity to glean as much knowledge and technical skills as possible though a series of carefully designed exercises, independent and collaborative scene work, and the development of finished pieces using puppets designed and built by the participants themselves.

ANIMOTION runs for (3) weeks at the end of April, however we are looking at expanding the program to accommodate the overwhelming interest.

Tentative Spring 2019 Schedule - April 15th, 2019 - May 3rd, 2019.

Tuition Options

A refundable deposit (within 60 days of the start date) can hold your spot for Animotion.
Full Tuition for the course is offered.
Full Tuition plus UNIMA membership is also available.

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puppet Night

In our monthly puppet social, we will explore a new theme, while developing our puppet movement and construction skills. This event is 19+, and includes a cash bar. Join us in our playful world of object movement and puppetry.   

Dates: Jan 14th - Feb 14th - March 14th - April 11th - May 16th - June 13th

Time: 6pm-9pm

Themes: Tape & Paper - Shadow - Music & Motion - Overhead Projection - Recycled Material - Puppet Mechanics

Cost: $19.99 + HST

Reserve all 6 sessions and pay $14.99 +(HST) per session

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MAsk MAking

Lets face it, this mask making workshop will change your life. Join us at the Institute of Puppetry Arts to learn the art of mask making using sculpting clay, cheese cloth, and paint.

Dates: Feb 15th - Feb 22nd - March 1st - March 8th

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Cost: $80.00 + HST

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