Sandrine Grataloup works as a freelancer in the cultural field. She was vice-president of ASSITEJ France, and now is a member of the Board of Scènesd’enfance-ASSITEJ France. She worked for the Comédie-Française and for SACD, the French Society of Authors, where she promoted contemporary French-language playwriting in foreign countries during 20 years. With the Petits et Grands Festival she co-founded I Read Plays With My Family device, and Les ScènesAppartagées association that has been developing the project since 2016. Eager to create more links across the world, she imagines, in complicity with Delphine Sicet, a new structure, La Lisière, which will enable her to implement new international projects around the writings.
Ludmila (Konstantinova) Genze is the creator of puppets, costumes and scenography from Kazakhstan (born in 1965 in Hankavan, Armenia). She attended universities in the city of Kustanay, Kazakhstan and then in Chelyabinsk, Russia. She graduated graphic design with excellent grades. She worked as a props at the Kostanaj Puppet Theater before graduating from the State Theater and Art Institute in Alma-Ata in 1992, at the Faculty of Theater and Decorative Arts, as a puppet theater sculptor and stage technologist. During her studies, she made an author's puppet show for a children's program at regional television. After graduating, until moving to Germany, she worked as the main artist of the Russian Drama and Puppet Theater in the city of Kostanay (Kazakhstan), at the same time staging plays in several Russian cities, as a set designer and puppet creator. She has performed puppet shows in Russia, Poland, Germany, Serbia and Montenegro. Her performances have participated in many puppet theater festivals across Europe. She currently lives in Munich.
Jovan Caran was born in 1951 in Zrenjanin, Serbia. He has worked as a puppet actor in the Zrenjanin Puppet Theater since 1974. He has played in almost all plays of this Puppet Theater. He also has about thirty awards from various festivals - for acting, puppet design, scenography, directing, puppet text…
So far, he has directed about fifty plays in the Zrenjanin Puppet Theater: Box of Fairy Tales, Puppet Carousel, Small Shop of Miracles, Pepper, Sleeping Beauty, Wandering Boots, Magic Table, Brave Horse, Tiger Tika, Who Is Afraid of Garbage, Stubborn Egg, Laughs, Grandma's Armchair For Long Journeys, Run – Run - Run, Peter and the Wolf, Goose Story, Stories of a Lying Bird, Naughty Puppet, Brother of the Wind, and recently - Wild Eater… (most performances are based on his own texts) He also directed a dozen plays at the Kikinda Theater: Jumping Ball, Tablke Set Itself, Ugly Duckling, Peppercorn, Robots from Kobol, Night Musician, Happy Circus, Regiment, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, Tiger Peter, Pinocchio, Magic Scissors ... He ran a drama studio which educated many young generations of puppet actors. He edits and maintains the most extensive internet site about puppetry in Serbia – DNK lutkarstva (DNA of Puppetry) Until his retirement, he edited and maintained at his own expense this website, which contained a database of almost all texts about puppetry in our language. Now he writes new texts for puppet shows and for magazines dedicated to puppetry. He also prepares a dictionary of puppetry, popularizes puppetry through various workshops, writes a book about mythical creatures from the puppet world. He makes and constructs puppets in his own workshop.
As far as formal education is concerned, he almost completed his studies at the FDA Belgrade, and he acquired his craft in "Dadov" - Belgrade, the "Children's Whip" Theater at Zrenjanin's Youth House, then at Jovan Bata Putnik Drama Studio and finally with professor Dragan Jović.
Our festival is dedicated, above all, to children. The most exciting stories were told about them, the most beautiful songs were written about them, the most interesting plays were created for them. Children see all the content that you set in front of them in their own way - unencumbered, honest and emotional. That is why their judgment about art is special and very important for everyone who deals with art. With great pleasure and excitement, we have established Young Jury at our Festival, which will award the best play in the Competition Program. This way, primary and secondary school students who show an affinity for the theater are given the opportunity to be an active part of the Festival program and to share their experience of the performances. This year, the Small Jury consists of students from the Raičević Ballet School Drama Studio.