Therapeutic Puppetry (TP)

   

 

UNION INTERNATIONALE DE LA MARIONNETTE (UNIMA)


UNIMA is a worldwide puppetry organisation with branches in more than 80 countries and is open for professionals as well as amateurs. UNIMA is affiliated to UNESCO and in fact the oldest still existing theatre organisation in the world. It started in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1929 and has now got over 10 different Commissions. One of the Commissions focus on the spreading of therapeutic puppetry along with related areas (see below). World peace and intercultural dialogue are examples of areas given special attention. You find more information about the international UNIMA at: unima.org


UNIMA:s EDT Commission (Education, Development, Therapy) emphasizes the use of puppetry throughout life and collaboration between professional educators and therapists. They also aim at more puppetry in the education. Read more on the following link: EDT 


UNIMA Sweden is a branch of UNIMA:s international organisation with about 200 members. Since 2014 it includes a national network corresponding to EDT above, read more at www.unima-edt.se (in Swedish). The puppet therapist and special education teacher Ingrid Lagerqvist mentioned on the website was one of the co-founders of UNIMA Sweden. So was the well known Michael Meschke who started puppeteer educations and was the artistic director of Marionetteatern, one of Swedens main-scene for marionette-plays. Read more at: www.michaelmeschke.com and  www.unima.se