Panel: Puppet Theater For Toddlers | the Train Theater

Panel: Puppet Theater For Toddlers


Photography: Dor Kedmi

Photography: Dor Kedmi

Photography: Dor Kedmi

Photography: Dor Kedmi


Puppet Theater For Toddlers: How to Do It?

Sharing our Experience and Ideas

The Train Theater, International Puppet Festival Jerusalem

August 11, 2015

Organized and produced by:

Dr. Naomi Yoeli, Dramaturge of the Train Theater 

Dalia Maayan, General & Artistic Director of the Train Theater and the International Puppet Festival

Moderated by: Dr. Naomi Yoeli

Dear friends and colleagues,

Everyone knows that, from the moment a child is born, he or she responds to play. The puppeteers among us observe the moment when a baby can recognize an object or person – a puppet, doll, toy, story or mother – as something separate from itself, and begin to interact with it. This is the moment when the next puppeteer in the family, or perhaps a puppet theater enthusiast, is born.

Over the last few years, many creative efforts have been made to produce theater performances, puppet theater and storytelling specifically for toddlers, and even for young babies, from birth to three years old. At this year’s International Puppet Theater Festival, we will showcase a wealth of performances for tots and toddlers. We felt that this would be a valuable opportunity to hold a panel discussion with the festival’s guest puppeteers, educators and researchers, with the aim of expanding the conversation on this subject. In doing so, we hope to inspire a renewed desire among multidisciplinary artists to stimulate interest and thought regarding this art form among children’s cultural guardians: their parents, caregivers, kindergarten teachers and grandparents.

Dalia Yaffe-Maayan & Naomi Yoeli

Program and Speakers:


Sibylle Tröster: “Animal Train” – The dramaturgy of a children’s book on stage 

Sibylle Tröster –  General and Artistic Director of Theater Waidspeicher and Synergura Festival, Erfurt, Germany

Ajda Ross: “Turlututu” – An interactive performance for small children

Ajda Ross Artistic Director of Lutkovno Gledališče Ljubljana (Lubliana Puppet Theater), Slovenia

Stanislav Doubrava & Vítek Peřina: “About the Lamb that Fell from the Sky” – Basic principles of our first show for toddlers

Stanislav Doubrava – Director of the Naive Theatre and Mateřinka Festival, Liberec, Czech Republic  

Vítek Peřina – Author and Dramaturge, Naive Theatre, Liberec, Czech Republic  

Antonio Catalano: “Tic Tac Tic Tac” – The creation of sensitive worlds for babies

Antonio Catalano – Artist and artisan of Universi Sensibili, Casa degli Alfieri, Italy

Dr. Shlomo Ariel: Theater as a research laboratory of early childhood

Dr. Shlomo Ariel – Clinical psychologist and family therapist

Author of “Children’s Imaginative Play: A Visit to Wonderland”

Ran Cohen-Aharonov: Why is puppet theater beneficial for young children?

Ran Cohen-Aharonov – Early childhood specialist, children's author, Director of Early Childhood Department at The Institute for Democratic Education

Shachar Marom: Baby Einstein vs. Object Theater 

Shachar Marom – Object theater artist and Co-Artistic Director of the International Puppet Festival, Jerusalem

Hila Flashkes: Opher and Ophra, an illustrated story by Oded Burla 

Hila Flashkes – Multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer, graphic designer, typographer and animator

Galia Levi-Grad: Shushu my Mentor: Puppets in storytelling for toddlers  

Galia Levi-Grad – Visual theater artist, storyteller and puppeteer at the Train Theater

Dr. Naomi Yoeli – Puppeteer and Dramaturge at the Train Theater

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