Festival Presenters Panel


Learn to puppet for your company

March 2021





2 Hours


Due to current restrictions, we have made all the programming available to watch online.

About the presenters

We want to help puppet artists launch their careers by bringing together a panel of international puppetry festival presenters from across Canada.This panel will answer questions such as:

  1. What theatre festivals exist in Canada and what kind of shows do they present?
  2. How do I get my show presented at a puppetry festival?
  3. What are specific requirements for puppetry shows to be considered at a Festival?

The connections and knowledge that these panelists have and their advice for emerging artists we find to be invaluable. If you have any questions about the events or would like to learn more, please send us an e-mail at info@cranecreations.ca

Eileen Smith

Eileen Smith has been the Artistic Producer of Hermione Presents since its inception in 2000.  Hermione Presents has evolved from a collective of professional performing artists to a registered charitable arts organization which supports arts education, festival and event programming. SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival began in 2011, morphing into today’s series of festivals including PuppetWorks!.

Her 40 years experience as a performer includes work in theatre, musical theatre and opera: at Banff, Charlottetown, Toronto Fringe and Stratford Festivals, London Grand Theatre, for Drayton Entertainment and 40+productions with the Canadian Opera. Singing coaching is one of her passions working for the Shaw Festival and her private studio.

As Regional Coordinator for Culture Days she has worked with multiple partners, 40+ events county-wide; sitting on the Ontario and National Task Force, since 2010. For four decades, Eileen has been creating and curating integrated, multi-genre, multidisciplinary arts and performance as producer, educator and performer, including her role as Springworks’ Artistic Producer.


“SpringWorks” is a springboard for several streams of independent artistry. NewWorks, as an incubator for new work in all stages of development, nurtures multi-genre and multidisciplinary arts processes, “Tomorrow’s Best Today”.  DanceWorks programming furthers exploration in motion. And PuppetWorks! provides a home for the puppetry arts with a modern commitment to this ancient, complex and diverse art form. Programming spans the seasons in a series of festivals and education and experiential offerings, in the beautiful town of Stratford, Ontario, and now in the digital realm.

Andreja Kovac

Andreja Kovac is an award winning, critically acclaimed professional theatre director originally from Slovenia, now residing in Mississauga. In Slovenia, Andreja was hired by large state theatres (the equivalents of Stratford or Shaw Festival in Canada) to direct more than 45 professional shows. She also served as an Artistic Director of a theatre school for 5 years, managing budgets and overseeing a season of 4 shows, 80+ students. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Crane Creations Theatre Company.

About Bridges Festival

Bridges Festival engages in the conversation about art and society by introducing, examining and celebrating various forms of animating objects. It is our mission to ignite a reflection of the world in our audiences by connecting past and the future. We celebrate traditional forms of puppetry and the skills of the puppet designers and performers, while expanding the conversation of what is puppetry and animation and how it touches contemporary world.

Discover the art of puppetry from its origin to its advancement. Puppetry has been present in virtually all cultures around the globe. This festival provides a plethora of workshops, live performances, and exhibitions available for your external and internal child! We bring the best local, national and international talent each year to provide exposure and expand the imagination and knowledge of young minds.