تأسست المؤسسة العربية لمسرح الدمى والعرائس عام 2008 بهدف تشجيع استخدام فن الدمى والعرائس في العالم العربي وتطوير مفهومه.

تشكّل المؤسسة العربية لمسرح الدمى والعرائس منصة لإحياء ودفع هذا النوع من الفنون، وتشكل تحدي مستمر له في العالم العربي، إضافة لطرح أفكار جديدة متعلقة به، ومساهمتها في عملية التطوير المهني للفنانين المرتبطين به.

تقدم المؤسسة العربية لمسرح الدمى والعرائس المهارات والبرامج المتخصصة لذوي الخبرة والمبتدئين من ممارسي هذا الفن، صانعي الدمى، والمعلمين والأخصائيين الاجتماعيين، كما تتعاون المؤسسة مع الفنانين والمهنيين من مختلف المجالات والتخصصات المكملة لهذا الفن بهدف استكشاف إمكانيات جديدة في هذا المجال.

نظمت المؤسسة حتى الآن خمس إقامات فنية متخصصة مستخدمة مناهج متقدمة لإرشاد الطلاب من خلال أساليب متنوعة مرتبطة بالدمى والعرائس. كما وسعت المؤسسة مؤخراً نشاطها لتدخل أفقاً جديداً وذلك من خلال دمج الدمى في فيلم يهدف إلى رفع الوعي بقضايا اجتماعية وحقوق الإنسان.

تم تسجيل المؤسسة في لبنان وفقا لقانون الجمعيات اللبناني من قبل وزارة الداخلية اللبنانية في 3 آب، 2009 في إطار المرسوم رقم 1236.

تتجه المؤسسة اليوم نحو إنشاء أول كلية للتدريب على فن الدمى والعرائس في العالم العربي.
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The Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation (APTF) was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage puppetry practices throughout the Arab world, advance new developments in the field, and functions as an established puppetry school and theatre. APTF was born out of a need for a school to welcome and teach puppetry to all interested participants in the Arab world. The initiative is a first of its kind, serving as a school, collaborating with organizations, and establishing a strong network of international puppeteers.

APTF is a platform to revive, advance, continually challenge and rethink puppetry in the Arab world. We seek to encourage and support the professional development of artists associated with puppetry. Additionally, we strive to work with a variety of organizations, developing methods in which puppetry can be used to achieve the goals of the partnering organization.

We provide skills and specialized programs for experienced and novice puppeteers, including puppet-makers, educators, social workers, human rights workers, and librarians. APTF collaborates with artists, professionals, and local and international NGOs from a variety of complementary fields and disciplines to explore new possibilities in the field.

Since 2008 APTF has held residencies in Lebanon, Oman, and Tunisia with residencies planned in additional Arab countries. APTF specialized residencies use an advanced curriculum to instruct students in diverse methods related to the making, performance, and use of puppetry. APTF residencies aim to provide participants with new skills to be used in their current professions or to seek a career in the field of puppetry.

The foundation has also recently broken new ground in merging puppetry with film and literature to promote social and human rights issues. In 2013 APTF collaborated in the creation of a booklet and film discussing women’s experiences with street harassment in Arab cities.

In a monumental step, in 2013 APTF launched an initiative to open its School and Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. Once complete, our new space will bring together youth residing in the Arab world and expose them to new projects and endeavours in puppetry. International puppetry trainers and practitioners are invited to the space to both perform and train. Further, the School and Theatre will serve as a space for puppet making, creating and staging performances, hosting lectures and discussions, housing APTF residencies and workshops, holding an archive of puppetry literature, and home of APTF offices. The space serves as a new address for all puppeteers in the region.

APTF further designs specialized workshops with partnering organizations. We also provide training sessions, organize festivals and performances, offer services, assist the educational sector, and produce publications and material on puppetry and additional subjects in the Arab world.

APTF was established in Lebanon in compliance with the Lebanese Associations Law by the Ministry of Interior on August 3, 2009 under decree no.1236.


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