Peruvian puppet company founded in Lima in 1952 by the sisters Aurea, Estela, and Marcela Marroquín. The Marroquín sisters began their careers in puppetry when they were students. Their troupe is one of the oldest in Peru.

In Lima, Marcela Marroquín specialized in the study of the performing arts. She directed her first weekly puppet shows made for television in 1958. She travelled, spending two and a half years in Santiago de Chile (Chile) where she expanded her knowledge of performance and puppetry. In 1970, she was invited by CREFAL (Centro Regional de Educación de Adultos y Alfabetización Funcional para América Latina; today Centro de Cooperación Regional para la Educación de Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe, which is affiliated to UNESCO and is headquartered in Mexico) to perform puppet shows for children and adults.

Marcela Marroquín runs the puppetry courses at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático (National School of Dramatic Art) in Lima.

Marionetas Marroquín is a leading group that experiments, creates and manages puppet shows in Peru. While the company’s repertoire is large, special mention can be made of the following two productions: Faust (1964), based on the Javier Villafañe adaptation of Goethe’s play, which has remained in the company’s repertoire; and El retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show, 1978) by Manuel de Falla, under the musical direction of David del Pino Klinge, performed on the occasion of the visit to Peru of the King of Spain.

Marionetas Marroquín also performs in various Latin American countries.

(See Peru.)