Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Since 2006 the German Forum for Figure Theatre and Puppetry in Bochum has been awarding a grant enabling scholars and artists to do research over a period of several weeks. During their stay, winners can use the specialist library and archive as well as working in the comprehensive mediatheque that currently contains around 600 videos on international puppet and object theatre.

In order to qualify for the grant candidates must prove that they have been actively involved in puppet, figure or object theatre. This includes cross-branch projects in the area of theatre and pictorial arts. The research area: puppet and figure theatre; object theatre; shadow theatre; visual theatre; performance in the border areas of theatre/pictorial arts, theatre/animation film, pictorial arts/dance.

The grant comprises

  • Accommodation in our guest rooms
  • The use of the library, mediatheque and archive
  • A place to work in the house, advice
  • A living allowance, excursions
  • The possibility of having your work published
  • Duration: 2 to 3 weeks

Application procedures

There is no time limit for applications. They should however be made some weeks before the desired date. As a rule, the stays take place at sometime between April and June or September and October. Preference will be given to young, graduate theatre and culture scholars and artists with a concrete idea for their research. Applicants from abroad must have a good knowledge of German or English.

The informal application should contain a curriculum vitae and an outline of the intended research project. Please send your applications by email to doku@fidena.de
Contact person: Seta Guetsoyan, Head of the documentation centre

Award winners since 2006

  • Suvi Auvinen – Qualified puppeteer from Finland
  • Lidiya Vynnykova – Theatre scholar and puppeteer from the Ukraine, currently in Düsseldorf
  • Mascha Erbelding – Theatre scholar from Munich
  • Dr. Karen Rosenberg – Writer, scholar of Slavic and cultural studies from the USA
  • Jelena Sušac – Puppeteer and theatre scholar from Croatia
  • Rituparna Bhattacharya – Theatre teacher from India
  • Choiti Ghosh – Puppeteer and literature scholar from India
  • Anurupa Roy – Director and theatre lecturer from India
  • Massoudi Shiva – Theatre lecturer and director from Iran
  • Franziska Burger – Theatre scholar from Switzerland
  • Dr. Bettina Brandt – Literature scholar from the USA
  • Dr. Ernst Fischer – Lecturer in Performance Studies from England
  • Dorothee Wichmann – Graduate of the University of Leipzig in Germany
  • Moni Goda – Doctoral student at the Eötvös-Loránd University in Budapest