Romanian director. Cătălina Buzoianu made her theatrical debut at the Baia Mare Puppet Theatre in 1956. Her career as a theatre director, working with actors, did not stop her from going back to her first love, puppetry, with Nella Stroescu’s Coroana soarelui (The Sun’s Crown) at Țăndărică Puppet Theatre (Teatrul de animaţie Ţăndărică), in 1974. She directed an adaptation of Theodor Mănescu’s Till Eulenspiegel, after Charles De Coster, in 1979. The production was a landmark in the history of puppetry with puppets by Liana Axinte, set design and costumes by Mihai Mădescu, incorporating a combination of actors, masks, and string puppets. In 1992, she staged Dialoguri (Dialogues) based on Urmuz (Urmuz is the pseudonym of Demetru Demetrescu-Buzău, poet and author, who was at the forefront of the avant-garde Dada movement in Romania in the 1920s).

Cătălina Buzoianu also integrated puppets in a theatre production of The Golem, produced at the National Jewish Theatre in 1997.

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