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.

Based at Mermaid’s spacious headquarters in Windsor, NS, the Institute’s intensive professional-level annual sessions (ANIMOTION) are intended for those with a strong interest in puppetry and physical theatre and the desire to expand their range of abilities. Graduates of these programs are eligible for apprenticeships and eventual touring engagements with Mermaid’s flagship productions.

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