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History of Puppetry
in Canada

Ken and Dorothy McKay

In addition to performing with their own marionettes, Ken and Dorothy McKay were active in various puppetry organizations, including the Hamilton Marionette Club, the Hamilton Junior Marionette Club, the Southwestern Ontario Puppetry Guild, and the Ontario Puppetry Association. Ken is Past-President of Puppeteers of America, and has served in various capacities with UNIMA-Canada (the Canadian branch of Union Internationale de la Marionette), UNIMA-International, and the Ontario Puppetry Association. He is the author of Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant (1980) and was Curator of the former Puppet Centre in Toronto. Dorothy McKay was the Puppet Centre's first Director. For their contribution to puppetry, both Ken and Dorothy were named Honorary Members of the Ontario Puppetry Association.

Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.