About us

Founded in 1995 as an international touring company by Emmy award winning puppeteer Tim Giugni, Il Teatro Calamari pursues theatrical excellence on the stage with productions that weave puppetry, mask and physical theater into whimsical and innovative theatre experiences for the entire family.

And now to our Manifesto, or something of the sort.

These things speak to us… as of Groundhog’s Day 2019 at 23:48.

It’s okay to spell theater, theatre
and theatre, theater.

Theater is the most immersive
of the 21st century.
Special glasses not required.

Performers must be explorers
and get lost, frustrated.
That’s part of the job.

When you make money in a project, pay the cast.

Theater is a diverse and creative media,
that can only be reproduced LIVE,
with a living audience.
So, no zombies or vampires.

Thank those in the art that came before us,
help those that come after us.
Do not mourn the past.
Do not diminish the future.

Theater is a dialogue.

Blindly follow theater dogma is no.
Questions must be asked of the performers,
of the theater, and of the audience.
This interaction, creates the vibrant experience.
-and makes for new theater goers.

Theater is primal and
part of the human experience.

Wonder is what it is called.
When a bridge is built between
adult that you are
and the child that you were
and they are given a place to meet.

Make new theater goers.
AND bring back the old.
Because theater is cool.

No Secrets:
Secrets kill.
Our actors do not hide.
We do not hide.
Rehearsals are open.
We talk to and play
with our audience
after each show.

Find and promote the other voices.
Experiences. Cultures. Grow.
Infinite diversity, infinite combinations.

Promote, do not consume.

The banana is the funniest fruit.
Yes, we borrowed that IDIC thing from Star Trek…
Because it is true.

This page prone to hyperbole and delirium.
Use with caution.
Consult your doctor if theatre lasts more than a week.