ANIMOTION 2012 – #Puppetry training program at Mermaid, Aug. 13-Sep. 1; #WindsorNS #NovaScotia

The Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts will offer our intensive puppetry training program, ANIMOTION, in a compressed three-week format from August 13 – September 1, 2012 at our facility in Windsor. The program is called ANIMOTION to reflect dual emphasis on animation and objects in motion. The intensive will run for three weeks, Monday through Saturday, with students engaged in hands-on instruction, group creation, production, and puppet construction. Participants will be exposed to a range of puppetry styles, broadening their frame of reference and allowing common language and skills to emerge. The training will culminate with a presentation featuring new puppets and characters created during the three weeks.

Training will take place at Mermaid Theatre’s spacious headquarters in Windsor, NS. Located at the gateway to the Annapolis Valley, Mermaid’s home base offers a lovely rural setting with the benefits of proximity to Halifax. Participants will work alongside Mermaid’s creative team as they develop, build and rehearse our inventive brand of theatre which has delighted over 4.5 million spectators on four continents.

Faculty will include:

Jim Morrow – Jim creates puppets for stage, television and film, and is our Artistic Director. He has designed and directed numerous Mermaid shows. Jim has toured extensively and frequently conducts mater classes in puppetry in North America and abroad.

Struan Robertson – Struan has worked with Mermaid as a touring performer, production associate and senior workshop instructor. He has conducted puppetry workshops on two continents and has built puppets for several Mermaid shows.

Jesse MacLean – Jesse has directed and performed for multiple productions for Shakespeare by the Sea, and he regularly teaches workshops around the province. He has worked with Mermaid since 2006 and he is a past director of our Institute for Puppetry Arts.

Cost: $1100 + HST ($150 deposit due upon registration)

For more information, call 902-798-5841 or email


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