About US


Three puppeteers, colleagues and friends from three countries, with one common drive : to enact social change through the magic of puppetry.

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Erica Zoltan Sapir
I was born and raised in Florence, Italy, where I studied journalism.
In 1963 I moved to Israel, where I published articles for an Italian newspaper, and raised a family of 5 children.

From 1987 to 1990, I studied at the Jerusalem School for Visual Theatre.
Since 1990 until today I have worked as designer and maker of puppets, stage designer, director, puppeteer, in many shows for children and adults.

Among others:

  • “The Dwarf” (for adults), first prize from the Cultural Institute of West Westphalia (Germany), second prize at the Teatronetto Festival (Israel).
  • “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” for the Train Theater, in Jerusalem
  • “Auntie Rim”, first prize for puppets and stage design at the Haifa International Children’s Theater Festival.
  • “Kafkaesque” (for adults) for the company “Theatrontheater”.
    Many of the shows have been touring all major puppet festivals around the world.

In 1993 I lived for 9 months in Calcutta, India, working at Mother Theresa’s Home for the Dying and with the children living at the Hawrah train station (in the framework of the NGO TRACKS).

Since 2001 I have lived in France where I founded with other professional puppeteers the NGO: Puppeteers Without Borders. I speak English, French, Italian and Hebrew

For more details: ericazsapir@gmail.com


Dina Kaplan
My earliest artistic influence was the hillside where I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa away from the distractions of television and toys. I first began to study art in 1978 and after traveling to Israel I emigrated there in 1981. After taking courses in art therapy an understanding began to emerge beyond the art itself to the process of creating art as a transformative experience.

I made a living as a print maker which deepened my understanding of working with artists and art. In my drama classes at the Jerusalem School of Visual Theater I encountered puppets and puppetry. I worked at The Train Theater as a puppeteer, teaching and performing. It was a rich and productive time with a variety of projects ranging from teaching puppetry in Ramle Prison to traveling to the Czech Republic with the Drak Theatre to training puppeteers in South Africa. After an experience at Haddassah Hospital in training nurses on a pediatric ward to use puppets, I began to pursue a drama therapy degree.

I completed my studies and started a family then took a job as a drama therapist, working with children who were hearing impaired. In addition I was conducting teacher-training workshops and was sent by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on a goodwill mission to Kenya to train puppeteers and health workers.
In 2002 I moved to the United States .Worked with Special Gifts Theater (for children with special needs) and co-founded Puppeteers Without Borders. Presently I am working in an elementary school.

For more details: dinajkaplan@yahoo.com


Rochi Dan
I was born and live in Israel.
I studied history of Art and Theater at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
For 25 years I have been teaching puppetry for art and theater students, for teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists and children.

Since 1979 have been acting and directing many puppet theater productions for children and adults. I have been a puppet therapist in a children’s department in a hospital in Jerusalem.

In collaboration with the Yad Vashem holocaust museum I have created educational puppetry programs and performances.

During the years 2002 – 2010 I have been sent by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as a puppetry consultant for Kenya puppeteers, teachers and hospital nurses in Kenya and Ethiopia.
I co-founded Puppeteers Without Borders.

I am the Artistic director of a theater group of Hearing Impaired actors.
I speak Hebrew, English, French and Israeli Sign Language.

For more details: rochidan@gmail.com



Farryl Hadari
Farryl Hadari teaches puppetry at the Seminar in Tel Aviv and at the Oranim College in Tivon. Farryl brings to (Puppeteers without borders) her broad experience in using puppetry in the classroom, in Hospitals, in parent/child groups and in Jewish/ Arab co-existence.
In March of 2010, the Puppetry Center of Holon awarded Farryl Hadari with the title of "woman of the year" in the field of puppetry in Israel.

Abigail Maayani

Avigail Mayani, M.D is an Israeli Obstetrics-Gynecology. She is working with the community in preventing programs. She spent 3 months in Uganda as a volunteer in the project of HHMF ( Helping hand medical fellowship ).

She is involved in creating workshops of medical education for VHT (Village health teams) to educate community workers from developing countries about medical issues. She works in collaboration with" puppeteers without borders" facilitating workshops of health education with the use of puppets.

Dr. Mayani is devoted to the idea of educating communities to help themselves.

Daniela Hadasy

Daniela Hadasy from Israel is an educational therapeutic ventriloquist. She is a professional ventriloquist and has Masters Degree in Drama therapy. She works with 9 professionals Puppets on the pediatric wards in hospitals. The puppets are her co therapists and share their feelings with the hospitalized children.

Daniela has lectured in Israel, Japan, U.S.A, Ethiopia and Kenya.















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