Hundreds of contemporary puppeteers from around the world post excerpts of their live performances on the Internet to attract audiences and presenters. UNIMA sponsors live performances, festivals, conferences and publications and posts coverage on its web site. As intended by the small founding group, the current membership of UNIMA, from over ninety nations cooperate, regardless of differences. With the exponential growth of exposure comes increased responsibility to our audiences and each other.
Let us celebrate World Puppetry Day together as friends with shared dedication to the art form by posting the festivities on the Internet, which truly unites us!
Nancy Lohman Staub, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, acted as one of the planning editors of the Encylopédie Mondiale des Arts de la Marionnette. (World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts) and continued as a scientific advisor. She served on the UNIMA Executive Committee as a Vice-President, the Publication Commission, the Research Commission, the Heritage Commission and currently the Social Justice Commission. She directed the 1980 World Puppetry Festival and XIIIth Congress of UNIMA at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She acted as consultant in the formation of the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City to support the field of puppetry in America. She served as President of Puppeteers of America and Vice-President of UNIMA-USA. She is the founder and Advisory Committee Chair of the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. She published many articles and museum catalog essays. She directed a small puppet theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana for over 10 years a very long time ago.