Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO

News from UNIMA: In memoriam

Professor Jane Taylor

- 12/09/2023

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Professor Jane Taylor, a great researcher, writer and supporter of puppetry. Jane died unexpectedly but peacefully at her home in Cape Town on Wednesday 6th September 2023. A full obituary will be posted soon. Jane was well known for her work with Handspring Puppet […]

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Farnaz Behzadi

- 25/07/2023

Farnaz Behzadi, a veteran Iranian puppet artist who was one of Iran’s most innovative puppeteers, died on the eve of the 19th Tehran-Mobarak International Puppet Festival in Bandar Anzali (northern Iran). Born in 1949, Farnaz Behzadi received a diploma in interior design from the Amin al-Douleh Conservatory in Iran, a diploma in painting and sculpture […]

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Penny Francis

- 25/07/2023

British writer, editor, lecturer, activist and advocate for puppetry. Trained as an actress, Penny Francis discovered puppets through her husband, actor Derek Francis, with whom she staged four (amateur) string puppet (marionette) shows in a 30-seat theatre built in the garden of their Barnes, London home in 1961. Penny Francis volunteered her services to the puppet organizations in […]

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Margareta Niculescu

- 10/07/2023

Romanian producer, stage director and teacher. Margareta Niculescu is considered the most important Romanian puppet theatre personality from the 1950s to the late 1990s. She studied directing at the IACT (Institutul de Artă Teatrală şi Cinematografică, Institute of Theatre Arts and Cinematography) in Bucharest, Faculty of Theatre. As the Artistic Director of Ţăndărică (today, Teatrul de animaţie Ţăndărică) […]

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Jacques Félix

- 7/11/2016

Puppeteer, founder of the “compagnie des Petits Comédiens de Chiffon”, founder of Institut international de la marionnette and École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM), he also founded the World Festival of Puppet Théâtres organized now every two years in Charleville-Mézières. He was UNIMA Secretary general (1980-2000). Read the articles and messages

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