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Last updated: 11-10-2022

UNIMA United States of America

Date of creation: 1966

c/o Center for Puppetry Arts 1404, Spring Street N.W
GA 30309  ATLANTA, Georgia  United States

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Brief history
Romain Proctor, President of Puppeteers of America attended the re-birth of UNIMA in Prague in 1957. Since that time every UNIMA Congress has elected a person from the USA to serve on the UNIMA Executive Committee. In 1966, with more than one hundred members of UNIMA, the UNIMA-USA was formed with Jim Henson as its first Chair. In 1979 Jim Henson led a UNIMA-USA committee of Frank Ballard, Bil Baird, Nancy Lohman Staub and Allelu Kurten in its incorporation as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, UNIMA-USA Inc.
In 1980, under the leadership of Nancy Staub, Washington, D.C. hosted the first international UNIMA Congress to be held outside Europe. In 1992 UNIMA-USA offices were moved to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, with Vincent Anthony serving as General Secretary. Eighteen UNIMA Members of Honour have been named from the USA.

Important projects and achievements
UNIMA-USA publishes the periodical Puppetry International and the Puppetry Yellow Pages. Since 1982 UNIMA-USA has offered over 40 scholarships to underwrite professional puppetry training abroad for its American members. Since 1975 UNIMA-USA has recognized artistry by awarding the UNIMA Citation of Excellence.

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Zoom In for Puppet Connectivity with UNIMA-USA

Notices, United States - 28/01/2023

The UNIMA-USA board of directors in Spring 2021 resolved to explore the uses of Zoom to spotlight some of the many artists, thinkers, and makers across the country. Its first event was on August 28th 2022 on “Designing for Puppetry,” with Bradford Clark (BGSU) showing the process of carving and designing and his wonderful production […]

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Allelu Kurten passed away

United States - 22/05/2016

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that our dear friend and colleague Allelu Kurten passed on 21st May 2016, Allelu was at peace. She died comfortably surrounded by family. We will never forget our UNIMAma. She will be in our hearts forever.    As Cheryl Henson says “Allelu has gone to her beautiful […]

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