Theatre bio

Working on big horned owls at Paperhand's

Laura Grimaldi graduated in Set Designing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy. After the bachelor degree, she discovered the passion for Puppetry, working in a well-known theater in Rome with a long tradition. The theater, known as ‘Accettella Marionettes Theater’, was established immediately after the Second World War, and here, the owners preserve more than 500 between antique and modern marionettes.

Photo by: Silvia Pierattini

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During her collaboration with the ‘Accettella Theater’, she both performed on stage, and maintained the marionettes. In that theater, in fact, every member of the staff used to be, in turn, a Puppeteer, Puppet Maker, Set designer, Costumer, Scriptwriter, Director, Musician, and restorer of antique marionettes. That is the way Laura loves to work: thinking about the show as a whole.

After moving from Italy to North Carolina in 2014, she became involved with the Paperhand Puppet Intervention Company  as studio artist, puppeteer and musician until 2018. She enjoyed painting, sculpting and performing for this company, which has been a complete and meaningful artistic experience.

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Picture: Martique Lorray