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From the Congress in Chengdu, May 2012, the Executive Committee of UNIMA has 18 members.
They come from 15 countries and 3 continentes.
With them, are elected the President, Vicepresidents, General Secretary and Treasurer.




PUDUMJEE Dadi (India)

Director of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. Vice-President of UNIMA between 1992 and 2004.
Former President of Asia Pacific Commission of UNIMA.
Former President of UNIMA India.
Artistic director of The Ishara International Puppet Festival Delhi, coordinator of Unima Asia Pacific commission meeting and Executive meeting in Chennai and Delhi.
Curator of Putul Yatra puppet exhibition of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Delhi in Tolosa Spain and Delhi.
Puppeteer, Director and Designer, collaborating with puppeteers ,actors and dancers both traditional and modern.Ishara runs a program using puppets and alternative media spreading awareness on HIV and Substance abuse.
Recipient of The Sangeet Natak Akademi national award in Puppetry.

Email: president@unima.org


General Secretary
TRUDEAU Jacques (Canada)

Born in 1948 in St-Bruno, Québec, Canada. His studies, bac and master in theatre, were done at l'Université du Québec in Montreal.
He started as actor and dancer in L'Arabesque Cie. In 1972, he joined Théâtre Sans Fil, a giant puppet company and dedicated to that canadian most acclaimed theatre company 28 years of his time.
He was a tale adaptator, a professional trainer and became a master puppeteer. Theâtre Sans Fil did many international tours and won many prices. Among them, The Mask from Theatre Quebec Academy for Bilbo the Hobbit (1200 shows) and the city of Montreal's Art Grand Price for The Lord of the Rings, adaptation of the Tolkien's famous trilogy, performed in 6 different languages around the world. He, also, has collaborated in Italia, at the creation of two operas adapted for giant puppets with the group Porte Girevoli.

From 1990, he is member of the selection committee and artistic counsellor of ManiganSes, Festival international des arts de la marionnette de Jonqui¸re, Canada. Also artistic counsellor for Titerias, a puppet festival in Mexico city. President of the Quebec's puppeteer association, (2002-2004). Counsellor AQM-UNIMA (2000-2008). Member of UNIMA Executive Committee (2004-2008). President of UNIMA North American Commission (2004-2008). He is now happy to serve UNIMA as General Secretary.

Email: sgi@unima.org


President of the North American Commission


PhD in Educational Theatre, New York University, 2005.
Masters in Educational & Musical Theatre, New York University 1992.
Bachelors Degree in Humanities & Drama, University of Puerto Rico, 1990.
Vice-President of UNIMA USA 2004-Present.
CEO & Artistic Director, Teatro SEA @ Los Kabayitos, NYC. NYC’s Latino Children’s Theatre.

Email: mmoran@sea-ny.org


President of the Commission International Festivals
DABS Annette (Germany)

Born 1961 in Luebeck, Germany.
Exchangestudent in Seattle, USA 1976.
Graduated in Opera-directing from the Highschool of Music and Drama in Hamburg.
Director-assistant for opera and drama (e.g. Peter Zadek).
Directed opera and drama in different theatres in Germany. Studied Cultural Management. Personal assistant of the Head of Department of Culture in Kassel.
General manager of a private theatre in Essen.
Since 1997, General manager and artistic director of Deutsches Forum für Figurenthater in Bochum (e.g. publisher of magazine "Double").
Artistic director of international festival FIDENA.
Member of International Theatre Institut, Germany.

Email: a.dabs@fidena.de


President of the Commission Strategic Development
AELBRECHT Ronny (Belgium)

Ronny Aelbrecht is founder and director of the puppet theatre "Vlinders & Co", stage designer and actor, puppeteer.
This theatre is Cultural Ambassador of Flanders presented by Beveren. Ronny has followed puppet Academy in Mechelen (great distinction), and several training courses in Belgium and abroad.
He has debuted in 1982 as amateur, in 1990 he became professional. He performed almost 4000 shows and has collaborated in shows with Theatre Pro-fiel, with Theatre Taptoe. He worked for the Belgium francophone television "RTBF" in satiric puppet sports programmes.
He is artistic director of the new International Festival of Ieper and the national festivals: Poppen aan Zee, Pop en Top, Kids@ oostende.He is coordinator for puppetry in the gouvernemental umbrella organisation Opendoek.
He received many awards in Maribor, Teheran, Prague... Ronny Aelbrecht is Belgium Councillor since 1996, he has been Secretary and since 2004 he is president of the Belgium Centre of UNIMA contributing to its clearing out in an excellent spirit of collaboration with his francophone colleagues.

Email: vlinders@vlinders.be


President of the Commission of Statutes
ALFSEN Knut (Norway)

From 1976 to 1980 studied puppetry at Riksteatret in Oslo. From 1980 to 1984 worked as puppeteer at Riksteatret. From 1984 70 2006 Councillor of UNIMA. From 1984 to 1994 President of UNIMA-Norway. From 1984 to 1991 Leader of the company "Levende Dukker". From 1991 to 1994 Leader of Nordland Dukketeaterveksted Stamsun. In 1992 organized the meeting of the Executive Committee in Stamsund. From 1992 to 2004 Member of the auditing Committee of UNIMA. From 1994 to 1999 Leader of Cultural Centre Notteroy. Since 1999 again leader of "Levende Dukker". Today he is he manager of the Ålesund Teaterfestival.

Email: knut.alfsen@levendedukker.no


President of the Commission Heritage Preservation
ARRECHE Miguel (Spain)

Superior expert in Managing of Marketing and Business Administration. Commercial Manager of several paper manufacture Industries. Actor and Director in Drama amateur Theatre.
General Secretary of the International Choir Contest of Tolosa, founded in 1967.
Founder and Co-Director of the International Puppet Festival of Tolosa-TITIRIJAI. Co-Director of the International Puppet Centre of Tolosa-TOPIC.
Former President of the Elections Committee of UNIMA International. Former Treasurer of UNIMA Spain. Former Director of the puppet’s magazine "Titereando". International Councillor of UNIMA, since 1992.
Since 1996 member of the Communication and Publication Commission of UNIMA International. Member of the Festival’s Commission of UNIMA. Member of the Research of New Economic Resources Commission of UNIMA.
Former General Secretary of UNIMA (2000 - 2008)

Email: miguelarreche@cittolosa.com


BODSON Lucile (France)

Member of THEMAA form its creation by the different structures that I have directed or actually direct the Théâtre de la Marionnette à Paris and after the Institut International de la Marionnette / Esnam in Charleville-Mézi¸res since 2003) I became member because of my activities and personal commitment, from many years, with thinking and activities of our profession. Today I would like to present myself for the elections of the Executive Committee as Councillor of THEMAA, with the aim of bringing, in the frame of this international agency, the representation of our profession, of showing the compromises and the choices that we agreed collectively and to make our voice hear. Been member of an international organization also means to share the experience and to get the experience of others: I measure it all the more as my actual functions bring me to have many contacts that enrich my practice and my reflections. Now a day I’m UNIMA Councillor representing THEMAA and I’m member of the Training Commission.

Email: dir.institut@marionnette.com


Contemporary Writing for the Puppet Theatre
Commission Publication & Communications

BRUGGEMAN Greta (France)

Artistic director of the ARKETAL Compagnie from Cannes.
Studied at the Institute International de la Marionnette in Charleville Mézi¸res under the direction of Margareta Niculescu, Michael Meschke, Jan Dvorak and Henryk Jurkowsky. Stage design and puppet construction for the Compagnie Arketal since 1983.
She collaborates with Michael Meschke fron Stockolm in the Ramayana and in the Irish Legend.
Founder of the Atelier Arketal training space around puppet in relation with painters, the construction and the play. Shows Tours and workshop animation in France and abroad.
Vice-president of THEMAA (France UNIMA) and UNIMA French Councillor.
Member of the Professional Training Commission of UNIMA

Email: compagniearketal@wanadoo.fr


President of the Cultural Exchange Commission
CASADO Angel (Spain)

Graduate in Social and Cultural anthropology, European Diploma in Cultural Management. Graduate in social work.
Since 1984 Technician in Cultural Management in the Municipality of Alicante, where he co-ordinates different programmes as feasts, festivals (Music, Theatre, Puppets).
Since 1985 director of the International Puppet Festival of Alicante. Member of UNIMA Spain since 1991.
He has participated actively in the UNIMA Spain Congresses of Segovia, Cuenca, Sevilla and Almagro; in several meetings and assemblies.
He attends as Councillor to the Congresses of Budapest (1996) and Rijeka (2004).
Collaborator of the magazines Titereando and la Mundia.
Coordinator of the publication of the books: El Títere en Alicante y Documenta Títeres-1 (where it is a bibliographic compilation of puppets in Spain (1984-1999).
He has visited many National and International Festivals and has participated in some events of Unima (Homage to Lorca, Puppets for Peace...) and Juries (Gorgorito prize).

Email: acg3318@gmail.com


President of the Commission for Latin America
FREIRE Susanita (Brazil)

Uruguayan, actress-puppeteer, researcher and theater producer; lives in Rio de Janeiro where she plays theater of animated forms and works for the puppetry movement since 1979.
In 1983, she founds the group Bonecandeiros dedicated on spectacles for children.
In 1984, she helps to found the Asociaci—n Río Teatro de Bonecos, member of ABTB Unima.
Since 1996, she participates actively in the Commission for Latin America of Unima.
From 1996 to 1999, was Councillor for Brazil, occupying the position of International Relations of the ABTB/ Center UNIMA Brazil.
In 1999, she founds the Theatre Bonecos em A¨‹o developing spectacles and social works in the favelas and communities of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2000, she published an investigation book on João Minhoca, popular black, puppet that was famous in century XIX because it preached the abolitionism in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and other cities of Brazil.
Between 2000 and 2007, she has traveled with her shows by all Latin America.

Email: comision.unima@gmail.com


President of the Commission Research
HLEDÍKOVÁ Ida (Slovakia)

Assoc. Prof. Ida Hlediková PhD. Slovakia. Born 2.5.1958 Trnava, Slovakia. Theatre historian, critic, dramaturge, author of documentary films, in the past directress of puppetry and television festivals, jury member of puppet theatre, TV and films festivals. President of Research Commission of UNIMA 2004-2008, 2008-2012, since 2000-2008 member of the Executive Committee of UNIMA. 1978-1982 graduated in the Theatre Academy AMU in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Department of Puppetry, branch directing and dramaturgy of Puppet Theatre. 1985-1996 worked as theatre researcher of contemporary puppetry and critic Theatre Institute/national Theatre centre in Bratislava. Since 1999 works as pedagogue at the Department of Puppetry and researcher at Academy of Arts in Bratislava (VSMU). Theatre Faculty 2004-2010 vice-dean of Theatre Faculty. Since July 1st vice-rector of Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia. Publishes in Slovakia and abroad (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary) Author of WEPA articles. Participant of international conferences and meetings (e.g.) India, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Germany, USA). Author of monograph Strolling Comedians, Actors, Puppeteers, author of documentary film "The Last caravan".

Email: i.hledikova@chello.sk


President of the Commission Professional Training
LOREFICE Tito (Argentina)

Puppeteer, dramatic author and director, professor.
Director of the Arts Department of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina.
Director of the Diploma Course in Puppet and Objects Theatre of the UNSAM.
Founder member of CIPTO. Member of the group of Puppeteers of the Teatro San Martin from Buenos Aires.
Member of the Professional Training Commission of UNIMA since 2002.
He has created, played and directed several shows of puppet theatre, drama theatre, opera, video and installations. Supplementary International Councillor of UNIMA.

Email: titolorefice@yahoo.com.ar - tlorefice@gmail.com


President of the Commission Europe
MONOVA Nina (Russia)

Has graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow. Has been leading the information department of the Central Obraztsov puppet theatre in Moscow since 2000.
Redactor of the journal "Theatre of Miracles" about the puppetry in Russia, many opinions, facts and memories, articles about the History of Puppet Theatre, Plays, etc. She is secretary of Russian Unima Centre.

Email: n.monova@mail.ru



President of the Women Commission
ONAGI Tamiko (Japan)

In 1972 She joined the Puppet Theatre PUK in its International Section of PUK. In 1977 joined the educational affairs section of the Puk Puppetry Academy. In 1980 participated in the UNIMA Congress in Washington. In 1988 participated in the Unima Congress in Japan. In 1989 attended the UNIMA Executive Meeting in Prague as the secretary of Mr. Kawajiri. In 1990 attended the UNIMA Asian Pacific Commission in Ahmedabad (India). In 2002 attended the UNIMA Council’s meeting in Atlanta (U.S.A.).
Vice-President of UNIMA between 2004 and 2008.

Email: unima-jp@nifty.com - puppet@puk.jp


President of the Commission for the Cooperation
ROLLE Pierre-Alain (Switzerland)

Born in Friburg in 1954. In 1981 founder of the company "Guignol à roulettes".
He has create seventeen shows. Tours in Switzerland, Germany, France, England, Russia and Spain.
Artistic Director, Manager, Tours Organizer, Author, Stage Director, Comedian and Artisan. Artistic Director and project chief of Cultural Events in Switzerland, Europe and Russia. Festival of Belluard, Europeans tours of "La Fura del Baus" (1985-1991), Festival of ASTEJ, Festival Fribourg-Tchéliabinsk, Festival Science et Cité, Expo.02, Festival International du Film de Friburgo.
Director of Micro-Climat, programming of Figure Theatre for adults, 1985-1995.
Member of UNIMA Switzerland since 1986.

Email: parolle@bluewin.ch


President of the Commission Publication & Communications

President of UNIMA’s Publication & Communication Commission, overseeing the preparation of the English language edition of the WEPA.
She is a Councillor-at-large and a member of the research and North America Commissions.
Born in Australia Karen lived for 25 years in Asia and Costa Rica, training and working as a puppeteer, designer and builder in India at the Shri Ram Centre Puppet Repertory, Jan Madhyam, and Ishara Puppet Theatre, and in Indonesia, as student of Wayang Kulit.
She has assisted UNESCO efforts to document and conserve threatened puppetry and sacred performance.
She is active in UNIMA India and UNIMA USA.

Email: karen.kathputli@gmail.com


President of the Commission Education, Development and Therapy
WONG Tim Keung - Simon (China)

Simon Wong is the Director of "Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education", the first professional children’s theatre in Hong Kong.
In 1993, he obtained a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for doing a research on the development of children’s theatres in the United Stated.
He attained the "Best Artist Award for the Year - Drama" which was delivered by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1999.
He also consolidates his experience in the outcome of articles and publications, such as: "The Handbook in Puppetry Teaching for pre-school teacher", Wong, T.K. and Mak, M.Y. (2001).
At present, he is one of the Executive Committees of the UNIMA-China Centre as well as the Deputy Presidents of "China Puppetry and Shadow Arts Association".
He is also the part-time lecturer of the "School of Continuing Education of Hong Kong Baptist University".

Email: info@mingri.org.hk

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Secrétariat Général de l'UNIMA
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B.P. 402
08107 Charleville-Mézières - France
Tél : +33 (0)3 24 32 85 63
E-mail: sgi@unima.org
E-mail till Unima's president: president@unima.org
Hemsida: www.unima.org

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E-mail: info@unima.se