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History of Puppetry
in Canada

Nancy Kyle

Dancer and display artist Nancy Kyle (née Hazell) discovered puppetry by accident. She first made puppets for a design assignment, and became so interested in them that she began training with the Toronto Guild of Puppetry and with George Merten. She later assisted puppeteers George and Elizabeth Merten in their productions, and was a frequent puppetry instructor at the Guild and through the Ontario Board of Education's Community Programs Branch. Kyle specialized in cast papier-mâché, and many of the photographs in George Merten's books feature Kyle's hands at work. She produced puppetry variety acts to classical music, which she toured throughout Southern Ontario. Kyle was deeply involved in the Ontario Puppetry Association, and was director of the organization's Puppet Centre from 1984 to 1987. She also served as vice-president of the Puppeteers of America.

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