About us

Some whimsical background. There was a company that wanted to travel throughout the world so that the people in the company could learn and bring back what they learned to their communities. The performer built a show that was silent but deadly.... cough... With out talking, with music, physical theater, found object puppetry, and utilizing the literary genre of Magical Realism. It toured to many places and won many awards. The theater continues, some of the performers have moved on, like dandelion tufts in the wind to work within the communities they so love.

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


These things speak to us
as of May 9th 2019 at 10:35

The Mission Statement is a living document and tool.
Writ on paper and electrons.
That should be changed often
so that you can see how the company has grown and changed.
Sometimes over a few weeks.
Sometimes over decades.
But the company and all that sail her, must grow.

Theater can only be reproduced LIVE,
with an invested, living audience and cast.
That's why it's not called a movie.

It's okay to spell theater, theatre
and theatre, theater.
Just don't do it in the same sentence.

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

Theater is a dialogue.
Between the stage and audience.
Shh. Don't tell any one.

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.
Promote- do not consume, other cultures.


Pay the cast.
First in cash.
Second in travel.
Third in food.
Fourth in experience.
Best if it's 1-4.


Blindly following 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 a primal part
of the human social 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.

Non sequiturs are 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.
How else are you going to make the next generation
of theater goers and doers if you don't?


Experience new cultures, places, people, and grow.
Again, promote- do not consume, other cultures.
Find and promote the Other voices,
not just the ones in your head.

Infinite diversity, infinite combinations.

Yes, we borrowed the IDIC thing from Star Trek
Because it is true.

We also lifted the Magical Realism from Latin America literature.
Because it's cool. Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez now.

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