We send greetings from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia on the occasion of ASSITEJ’s 50th Anniversary. Established in 1972, Mermaid Theatre’s unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than five and a half million young people in twenty countries on four continents. The company’s international debut at the ASSITEJ CYMRU – Wales Festival of 1977 set the stage for Mermaid’s subsequent successes, and the company’s co-founder (Sara Lee Lewis) served on the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ from 1979-1984 as well as participated in the V1 and V11 International Congresses in Madrid and Lyon.
During the 2015-2016 season Mermaid Theatre will present three separate productions in English, Mandarin, French, Spanish and Japanese throughout the United States and Canada, as well as return to Singapore, Japan, Ireland and China.
Closer to home, Mermaid maintains a strong local and regional presence through teaching, mentoring and presenting activities through its innovative Institute of Puppetry Arts instructional programs, and the Mermaid Youtheatre’s vibrant outreach activities for adolescents. Mermaid’s extensive headquarters in the small rural town of Windsor also houses the recently-formed UNIMA ATLANTIC section of the UNIMA CANADA.