Since its inception, Mermaid Theatre has played a pioneer role in promoting the art of puppetry. The creation of the Institute of Puppetry Arts in 1998 laid the foundation for diverse teaching, mentoring and outreach activities. In particular, the Institute’s professional training intensive known as Animotion has garnered widespread respect as its graduates launch their careers in the performing and media arts. The Theatre Loft, with its increasingly popular artist–in-residence program, has become an important centre for puppetry-related research and development.
An initiative begun in 2014 has created a platform for the region’s puppet theatre artists by forming an alliance among worldwide practitioners of the age-old art. The Atlantic Canada Puppetry Association / Association des marionnettistes du Canada atlantique (ACPA/AMCA) is formally affiliated with UNIMA-Canada and UNIMA-International, sister organizations whose mandate is to link puppeteers nationally and internationally; to support professional programs; to stimulate the general public’s interest in the art of puppetry; and to promote the visibility of Canada’s puppeteers all over the world.
The Atlantic Canada Puppetry Association, with headquarters at Mermaid, is registered under the Nova Scotia Societies Act and governed by a founding board of directors drawn from the four Atlantic Provinces.
We are currently looking for and accepting new members throughout the Atlantic Canada region. The annual membership fee is $20 (includes affiliation with UNIMA CANADA and UNIMA International. Please note that the ACPA/AMCA is a Nova Scotia Registered Society but not a charitable organization – accordingly no tax receipt will be issued.)