Katriina Andrianov

Regional artist

PhD in theatre research

Research on puppetry for adults
katriina.andrianov (at) kolumbus.fi

Laura Hallantie

Puppet constructor, puppeteer, actor

Turku Arts Academy 2005-2009
After graduating from Turku Arts Academy she has worked in the field of puppetry. Lately she has been concentrating more on building puppets, wich is her speciality. Her works have been seen for example in TEHDAS theatre, Turku  City Theatre, Seikkailupuisto in Turku. many festivals and finnish TV. Lately she has been working with KREPSKOTheatre Group. She is a member of finnish puppety network Aura of Puppets.


Kirsi-Klaudia Kangas

Screen writer, journalist

Puppetry courses

Speciality: manuscripting, singing


Juha Laukkanen

Actor, puppeteer

Several Puppet theatre courses for example in Finland, Sweden, Poland



Anne Lihavainen

has been puppeteer and actress in several puppet theatres since 1993. Puppet theatres are Mukamas, Puppet theatre Green Apple and Puppet theatre Sampo to name a few. Started own theatre Puppet theatre Ofelia 2007.

Kindergarten teacher, puppet maker, theatre curator.
Speciality: Puppet making, set design, writing sotries and keeping workshops. 

+ 358407186674, ntofelia(at)gmail.com  www.nukketeatteriofelia.fi

 Tytti Marttila

Puppet theatre artist, secretary in Finnish Shadow Theatre Association

Bachelor of Cultural Stuedies, Drama Instructor, Degree Programme in Performing Arts, Puppet theatre

I am currently working mask actori in theatre Siperia, Tampere and preparing shadow theatre to a concert in Music Hall, Helsinki. I did participate in international shadow theatre workshop of Teatro Gioco Vita in Piacenza Italy (2016) and final performance "Shadow and its double". I have been working 10 years in projects in genre of visual theatre. 2015 I was teaching shadow theatre, masks and puppetry in "meeting at the border" communitys project for refugee teenagers and drama students. 2014 I did stage and costume design, mask, puppet and shadowtheatre scene to a new children play "Mimmi Mou Mirmajasta"

Speciality: dance, shadow theatre
+ 358-50-5737424, email: tyttimarttila627(at)gmail.com, www.toinenvarasija.blogspot.fi/

Ilpo Mikkonen

Actor FIA, puppet theatre

Dubbing, audiobooks

puppet theatre education 1990-1991

Speciality: acting with puppets, singing

www.pikkukulkuri.fi  Facebook: Nukketeatteri Pikkukulkuri

Merja Pöyhönen

Director, performer

Turku Arts Academy´s puppetry education 2001-2005
Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq 2007-2008

Speciality: puppets, physical theatre, writing

 www.auraofpuppets.com   www.kuumaankanpoikanen.com

 Aapo Repo

Puppeteer, actor, theatre puppet maker

BA -Theatre instructor, speacialised in puppet theatre 2007, University of applied sciences/Turku Arts Academy

Puppet theatre (own) Reaktori 2007- Finland
Teater Refleksion 2014- Denmark
Speciality: Juggling, playing accordeon, photography, dance/physical theatre.

+358503094004, aaporepo(at)nukkereaktori.com/ aaporepo(at)gmail.com, www.nukkereaktori.com
Works: The way back home  www.madein-theweb.com/teater-refleksion/

Specialities: Juggling, playing accordeon, photography, dance/physical theatre.

Hannu Räisä

Director, puppet player, puppet maker

Turku School of Art and Communications,
-puppet theatre studies 1994-1997
Pieksämäki folk high school -puppet theatre and art studies 1992-1994

2009- Royal Puppet theatre of Häme: dir., puppet maker, puppet player
2009- Nasty Puppet Promotions: Artistic dir., puppet maker
2002-2009 Art Council of Häme: regional artist of Dramatic Art(puppet theatre) Dir., puppet maker, puppet player
2000-2002  Theatre Mukamas: puppet maker, puppet player
1997-2000 Marionettteatern, Stockholm, Sweden: puppet maker, puppet player.
Speciality: puppet design, puppet making, wooden puppet carving, teaching puppetry.
hannu.raisa(at)gmail.com     www.facebook.com/kuninkaallinennukketeatteri/

Aati Saarva

Puppeteer, director of visual theatre

Turku Arts Academy: Bacherlor of Performing Arts,
specializing in puppetry 2012-2016

Speciality: Manipulation techniques, soft toys, water element,
folklore and humour.

aati(at)hotmail.com    http://www.mustatserkut.fi/aati.html

Johanna (Jose) Salo

Puppeteer, Puppet theatre director, puppet theatre educator

Turku Arts Academy 2005-2009

Workig also as artistic director of 7-Solos International Puppet theatre Festival in Rovaniemi (every second year)

Kirsi Siren

Theatre director and founder of Theatre Hevosenkenkä

(since 1975)

Theatre Academy of Finland: Master of Arts, directing/dramaturgy

kirsi.siren(at)hevosenkenka.fi      www.hevosenkenka.fi

Anna-Liisa Tarvainen

Art therapist, puppet theatre artist

Hibernia College, England: Master of Arts in art therapy 2007
Aalto University, Helsinki: Master of Arts in stage design1987

Speciality: Stage and puppet design, direction, therapeutic puppet theatre courses,art- and colour courses.

Sari Tirkkonen

Actor/puppeteer, translator (rus-fi), puppet theatre workshop teacher, art therapy director, fouder of Puppet Theatre Group Taiga-Matto

St.Petersburg Academy of Theatre 1993-1995
University of Tampere: Master of Art (actress) 1985
 Actress in TTT Theatre Tampere 1990-1997
Oulu City Theatre 1985-1990
Speciality: hand theatre

teatteritaigamatto(at)gmail.com  www.taigamatto.com
Facebook: nukketeatteri Taigamatto

 Lotta Virtanen

Freelancer puppet theatre artist since 2007

Turku University of Applied Sciences -Degree Programme in Performing Arts: puppet theatre 2003-2007.

Performed in over 20 shows, for example few of the latest: the Tempest (2013), Romeo and Juliet (2015), Gorilla gorilla (2016). Held workshops for audiences in all ages and styles.

Speciality: puppeteering, workshop instructor (crafts, puppets, puppeteering), stage, puppet and costume design.
+358 440279840, email: virtanen.lotta(at)gmail.com.  www.kuumaankanpoikanen.com 

Timo Väntsi

Puppeteer, director, writer, performer

Bachelor of Arts (puppet theatre) In Turku Arts Academy (2003)

Speciality: Comedian, writer, puppet maker
Shows: John-Eleanor (2011), My very special friend Baron von Munchausen (2016)

+358400691757, mail: timo.vantsi(at) gmail.com, www.tehdasteatteri.fi    www.auraofpuppets.com