The Complete History of the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts

The Complete History of the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts

History of WEPA 1978-2017
The Online Encyclopedia in French, English and Spanish

Encyclopédie Mondiale des Arts de la Marionnette
World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts
Enciclopedia Mundial del Arte de la Marioneta


The Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) was founded in Prague, Czecholslovakia, in 1929. The organization is rich in history, friendships and achievements. Never, however, have any of the organization’s projects been so enthusiastically awaited nor demanded so much effort, dedication and financial resources as its world encyclopedia of puppetry arts (WEPA). And now it is freely available online in three languages! Whether one opens the Encyclopédie Mondiale des Arts de la Marionnette, the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts or the Enciclopedia Mundial del Arte de la Marioneta, the reader has access to the broadest trove of information regarding puppetry, its history, practitioners, literature and influence ever available in one place. This great dream of UNIMA was initially conceived nearly forty years ago, and the course of its development is fascinating and worth retelling.

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New Victory LabWorks - Currently Accepting Applications

The New Victory Theater, New York City’s premier nonprofit performing arts theater devoted year-round to kids and their families and classmates, announces the call for applications to the 2017-18 New Victory LabWorks program. This unparalleled initiative fosters the creation of new work, offers professional development and advocates for high-quality performing arts and arts engagement in the lives of young people. By providing the necessary resources and mining opportunities for professional exchange among a broad spectrum of arts professionals living and creating work in NYC, New Victory LabWorks champions innovative, venturesome performing arts for audiences of all ages.  

New Victory LabWorks is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, and puppetry arts.

Primarily based in the New 42nd Street Studios, artists selected for the program receive rehearsal space and a stipend as part of an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes. In addition, artists have access to the feedback and support of New Victory Artistic Programming staff as well as professional development/networking events and the chance to meet with New Victory administrative staff to learn more about how to build or enhance their company's operations and visibility. Artists may also have an opportunity to share their work with other LabWorks Artists and New Victory Member families, experiences which provide the invaluable response of peers and target audiences.

Current and previous New Victory LabWorks Artists include:  Puppet Kitchen; Blessed Unrest; Drew Petersen; Only Child Aerial Theatre; Zachary Fine; Louisa Thompson; The Civilians and Taylor Mac (commissioned by Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis); CollaborationTown; Dead Puppet Society; James Ortiz; Spellbound Theatre and The Village of Vale.

For more information, program requirements and the 2017-18 application, visit

For questions, email Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2017.





229 W 42ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10036




NBC Now Casting International Puppet Show Competition


I was hoping you could forward our casting notice to your members.


Experienced and 1st time puppet acts for new competition series.

For Los Angeles Acts, there will be scheduled private auditions.

Please submit a performance video – phone and email info.

Email to

Sarah Furlong Casting

Casting Producer


Grant Application Deadline-September 7th (For Round 1)

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Applications for Round I are due September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017. Click here for additional deadlines.

How to apply for USArtists International

Step 1: Read program guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility. Guidelines have been revised for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Join us for a webinar below! 

Step 2: Review the work sample and budget instructions.

Step 3: Complete the online application.

Thinking about applying? There's a webinar for you!

Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants, and are most helpful when attended in sequence.

USArtists International: Am I eligible?

Webinar CompletedView the Recorded Webinar

USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. Gain a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are encouraged to review.

August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants

2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!
In USArtists International: 2017 Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. A recording of this webinar will be made available on our website a week after completion.

USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at

USArtists International is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for grantees in the Chicago area is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional support for grantees in New York City is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.


6 Day Master Class in Australia-Presented by Erth and Carriageworks

Video featuring Ricky Syers work - Ricky & Doris: A Unconventional Friendship in New York City.Hi there.

MASTERCLASS - 12 to 17 September 2016

Cost $600 AU, Includes puppet making materials, suitable for 18+

Information and bookings through Erth -

Erth, in partnership with Carriageworks and artist Ricky Syers are presenting a six-day masterclass in September for puppeteers and puppet makers. The master class is for those wanting to further their skills in puppet making and puppet manipulation. Explore principles of design and construction covering some of the key materials and techniques that have become part of Erth’s signature practice. Learn performance techniques and intuition skills to create authentic puppetry.

To participate in the master class please submit the following items to

  • A short intro outlining who you are and the nature of your creative practice (Max 1 page)
  •  CV or Resume
  • 5-10 images of your work or up to 3 web links to your work