Institution dedicated to shadow theatre. In 1987, under UNIMA, the organization gathered names of 300 companies using shadow techniques. In 1988, the first festival of shadow theatre (an event now held every three years) took place with artists from all over the world, and, by 1989, Internationales Schattentheater Zentrum (ISZ) was fully founded under the leadership of Rainer Reusch – teacher, shadow player, and author – to research and support shadow theatre, especially in Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia where it has a more limited history than in Asia and the Middle East.

Situated in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, the centre works to research, archive, promote, and spread shadow theatre. Due to growth in documents and shadow puppets collected, the organization has plans to establish a museum, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

The shadow theatre artist, Norbert Götz, offers advanced training in shadow theatre in conjunction with the centre. The international festival is held in Schwäbisch Gmünd (2012 was a recent one). The centre documents in its books (e.g. Die Wiedergeburt Der Schatten: Zur Gegenwartigen Situation Des Internationalen Schattenspiels) and videos modern cross-over shadow theatre projects, in which light, figures, and shadows become dramaturgical means to create a new theatrical language.

(See also Germany, Shadow Theatre.)


  • “International Shadow Theatre Centre”.
  • “Norbert Götz: Her über Licht und Schatten”.
  • Ruesch, Rainer. Die Wiedergeburt Der Schatten: Zur Gegenwartigen Situation Des Internationalen Schattenspiels [The Rebirth of the Shadows: A Look at the Current Situation of the International Shadow Show]. Schwäbisch Gmünd: Einhorn Verlag, 1991.
  • Reusch, Rainer. Schattentheater: Band I: Autoren + Akteure [Shadow Theatre: Volume 1: History + Actors]. Schwäbisch Gmünd: Einhorn Verlag, 1997.
  • Reusch, Rainer. Schattentheater: Band 2: Kunst + Technik [Shadow Theatre: Volume 2: Art and Technique]. Schwaebisch Gmünd: Einhorn Verlag, 2001.
  • Reusch, Rainer. Schattentheater: Band 3: Theorie + Praxis [Shadow Theatre: Volume 3: Theory and Practice]. Schwaebisch Gmünd: Einhorn Verlag, 2005.
  • Reusch, Rainer. Shadow World. [DVD]. ISM: Schwäbisch Gmünd.