Institute of Puppetry Arts at Mermaid Theatre

Workshops that spark creativity and imagination.


Institute instructors have been warmly welcomed in worldwide locations, with workshop frequently offered in conjunction with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s global touring.  The Institute’s faculty members include professional associates who are recognized experts in the fields of theatre, music, dance, design, and construction.  We offer a standard workshop to presenters who are bringing a Mermaid production to their venue, which takes place on stage and allows children or adults to learn the basics of Mermaid's unique style of puppetry in a hands-on setting.  For more information about our workshops and bookings, Contact Us.

About the Instructor - Struan Robertson

Struan Robertson, Mermaid’s Education & Outreach Director, graduated from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Fine Art.  At Bishop’s he studied puppetry under the direction of Tim Gosley, and further refined his skills as an ANIMOTION participant, the Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts acclaimed professional intensive program. He joined Mermaid as a touring artist with the productions of Code Green and Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, and performed with the company throughout Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Struan became a full-time production employee in 2011 and has subsequently been responsible for assisting in production design, and creating transformative sets, props, and puppets. Simultaneously, his unique skills as a teacher have made him a much sought-after instructor whose imaginative workshops using found-objects have delighted hundreds of children (as well as their parents and teachers) in Nova Scotia and in China. Struan was promoted to his current position of Director of Education and Outreach for the Institute of Puppetry Arts in 2018, and looks forward to implementing new and creative programs for local, regional and international students of puppetry.

Current Workshops Available

Pre & Post Show Performance Workshops

Workshop Schedule Coming Soon


*ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult; 7+ children do not require their guardian’s attendance.

IMPORTANT: Doors open 10-minutes before the workshops begins. Please bring your receipt as proof of purchase.

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In-Service Day Workshops - Hants County Coming Soon

No school, perfect! Come to Mermaid Theatre and adventure into the world of puppetry. Each In-service day workshop explores a different theme.  Under supervision, participants will have an opportunity to decorate their creations and develop the puppet’s character and costume. Participants will learn how to create their own puppet.  The puppet will be created using common, everyday items. Additional materials will be supplied. *Space is limited.

Half-Day $40;
12:00PM - 4:00PM;
Late pick will be an additional $25 (late pick up between 4PM-5PM).

Dates of Half-Day In-Service

*ages 7-12

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Full-Day $70; ages 7-12
9:00AM - 4:00PM;

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