Thursday,March 7, 20193 p.m.

Petit Outremont
1248 Bernard Avenue West
Montréal (Québec) H2V 2V6
Phone: 514-495-9944, ext. #1

Roundtable discussion

Contemporary Issues in Puppetry Arts

Facilitators: Zach Fraser and Dinaïg Stall

Casteliers invites you to an afternoon roundtable discussion which will address two distinct, yet complementary topics that look at how contemporary puppeteers’ tools shape their artistic approach and practice. Six panellists working in a range of artistic fields and countries will be present.

1st Topic: Creative Spaces

In an ideal world, what would be the specific creative conditions for practising puppetry arts? Do creative spaces (residencies and venues) and support programs live up to these ideals? How can we foster a variety of productions and processes?

2nd Topic: Digital Technology in Puppetry Arts Projects

In an environment that values the use of technology in performing arts – sometimes too much so –, we will discuss what these tools truly mean to our art.


Zach Fraser is a Montreal-based director, designer, actor and puppeteer. Recent projects include Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play (RustWerk), Fifteen Dogs (JAC), B-612 (La Roulotte) and Mémoire de Lou (Avant-Pays). Zach is a regular teacher at both John Abbott College and the National Theatre School of Canada.


Dinaïg Stall is a stage director, puppeteer and teacher. She is also the coordinator of the graduate program in contemporary puppet theatre at UQAM’s École supérieure de théâtre and a graduate of the ESNAM (France) class of 2002. For 11 years, Dinaïg was general director of the Le Bruit du frigo theatre company (France).