The whimsical puppets of Mermaid have always been a signature feature of our colourful and creative children’s shows. Since Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia was founded in 1972, we’ve been making our own puppets and working with gifted artists from around the province and across Canada to bring our shows to life. Mermaid is proud to have grown from its humble beginnings into a children’s touring theatre with a truly global audience–we’ve performed for nearly five million spectators on four continents. In the last decade, we’ve averaged over 400 shows per year. We play to family audiences, young students and teachers in professional theatres, community auditoriums and performing arts centers around Canada, US, and nearly a dozen other countries.

Our current flagship productions include the following shows adapted from well-loved children’s books:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
and Other Eric Carle Favourites 

Lio Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick
and Inch by Inch 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and other
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You &
I Love My Little Storybook

Goodnight Moon and
The Runaway Bunny 

In addition to our flagship shows, we also keep busy with a variety of other activities:

  • Our Institute of Puppetry Arts offers workshops for children and adults, both at home in Nova Scotia and on the road in cities and towns where we perform.
  • Our Production Studios build every piece of every show we tour, as well a variety of custom work for other clients around Canada.
  • Our home theatre, Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, has brought live touring shows back to Windsor and helped to revitalize the downtown core.

Here are other links you may find helpful. You may also use the menus at the top.

Our staff – Find contact information
Institute of Puppetry Arts – find out about our programs for children and adults
Mermaid Blog – read about life on the road
News and Reviews – see what others are saying
Support us – find out about donating or volunteering
For Kids – activities related to our shows and programs
Production Studios – see what we’re working on
MIPAC – find out what’s playing on our local stage