Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts ANIMOTION (VIII) PUPPETRY INTENSIVE April 23 - May 11, 2018

Mermaid's Institute of Puppetry Arts trains professionals in the arts of puppet manipulation and construction.

Mermaid's Institute of Puppetry Arts trains professionals in the arts of puppet manipulation and construction.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has earned international acclaim for its unique staged adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics.  The company’s innovative approach to puppetry has been endorsed by over five million spectators on four continents, and provides exceptional career opportunities for Atlantic Canada's creative artists. The Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts was established to offer specialized training for theatre artists who seek enhanced professional-level skills, and also to provide youngsters and community participants with basic instruction in the art of puppetry.  Based at Mermaid’s spacious headquarters in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the Institute’s three-week ANIMOTION intensive is designed for those with a strong interest in puppetry and physical theatre and the desire to expand their range of abilities. The program offers a dual emphasis on animation and objects in motion. Classes are held from Monday through Friday, with students engaged in hands-on instruction, group creation, production, and puppet construction.  Participants are exposed to a range of puppetry styles, broadening their frame of reference and allowing common language and skills to emerge.  The session culminates with an informal presentation, intended to showcase newly acquired competence. Exceptional students may be considered for apprenticeships and ultimate engagement as performers with Mermaid’s touring productions. The program is open to both theatre professionals and puppetry enthusiasts. Reasonable accommodation is available within walking range of Mermaid’s spacious headquarters, located less than an hour from Halifax at the gateway to the Nova Scotia’s scenic Annapolis Valley.
Animotion 2015 - Shot and Edited by Michael Venn

Faculty Members include:

Jim Morrow - Jim creates puppets for stage, television and film. He is Mermaid’s Artistic Director, and as Production Designer and Director has created the company’s most widely travelled shows. Jim has toured extensively as a performer and frequently conducts master classes at universities and theatres both at home and abroad.

Struan Robertson - Struan has toured extensively with Mermaid as a puppeteer, and continues to serve as production associate and senior workshop instructor. His popular workshops for families, young people and professionals have been offered on two continents, and his skilled work as a puppet builder has been featured in Mermaid’s current touring productions.  

Program cost: $1100 + HST (total $1265 CAD)

Payment by cash, cheque, Visa and Mastercard is accepted. Reservations and payment for accommodation will be arranged separately.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due with registration, balance of payment is due by the first day of instruction.

Your inquiries are welcome.  Please contact us at: 902-798-5841 or email

If you're ready to register, download the form at this link.  The form can be printed and returned via email, or submitted electronically.