Look for the UNIMA-USA logo for the United States chapter!

Q: What is UNIMA and UNIMA-USA?

A: UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette), the international 

organization of puppeteers, was founded in Prague in 1929. It is the 

oldest international theatre organization in the world. The 

headquarters are in Charleville-Mézières, France. UNIMA is made up of 

over 100 national centers worldwide. UNIMA-USA, the U.S. national 

center, was formed in 1966 with legendary puppeteer and Muppets 

creator Jim Henson as its first chairman. UNIMA-USA is headquartered 

at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.


Q: Can anyone join UNIMA-USA from all over the world?

A: Yes, membership in UNIMA-USA is open to anyone with an interest in 

puppetry. Although UNIMA-USA does have members from around the world, 

puppeteers and puppetry enthusiasts outside the U.S. can also join 

UNIMA through the national centers in their countries.

Puppetry dates back all the way to Egypt and is celebrated on sidewalks like this performer in France who incorporates music with his Beetles puppets.

Q: What kind of services does UNIMA offer?

A: UNIMA and UNIMA-USA work to connect puppeteers internationally.   

UNIMA-USA works toward this goal through our beautiful and captivating 

magazine, Puppetry International, our electronic newsletter, our 

scholarship program, the company member listings in our Puppetry 

Yellow Pages, our citations of excellence and our website, 



Q: How does someone become a professional puppeteer?

A: There are university programs in puppetry, most notably at the 

University of Connecticut, but people also frequently come to puppetry 

from other disciplines, such as theatre, dance, visual arts and writing.


Q: Do you help ventriloquists too?

A: Puppetry is a wide-ranging field. The UNIMA-USA membership 

includes people who use puppets in the performing arts, such as 

ventriloquists, but also educators, librarians, therapists and 

puppetry enthusiasts.

All types of puppets abound all over the world.

Q: What’s a good way to get started in puppetry?

A: If you have an interest in puppetry, but no experience, connecting 

with other puppeteers is a great way to learn more. Most puppeteers 

will be happy to answer questions and show you what they do. You can 

find puppetry resources (puppetry centers, museums, theaters and 

touring companies) in your area on the UNIMA-USA Puppetry Yellow 

Pages at http://www.unima-usa.org/by-location.


Q: If you need puppet or ventriloquist insurance for a day, month or 

year, where can someone purchase it?

A: We are happy that our members can work with the National 

Association of Mobile Entertainers (NAME) for their performance 

insurance needs.

Just hanging around at sunset, waiting to be played with are these Asian inspired puppets.

Q: How can people learn more about UNIMA?

A: You’ll find all the details about what UNIMA-USA is and what we do 

on our website, www.unima-usa.org. You can also visit us on Facebook, 

https://www.facebook.com/UNIMA.USA/ or Instagram, 


Puppetry International Magazine is a great way to delve into the wide world of puppetry, visit the website for more information on how to order your copy.

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