Alma Rajala is a director and performer who in her work combines puppetry to different genres such as dance, sound art and spoken theatre. She creates her own theatre language in which philosophy meets the body and turns into pictures.
Rajala’s strenghts are directing, visual dramaturgy and in addition to puppetry also voice acting. She has started out as drama director already in 1998 and moved along the years over to a more visual direction and puppetry. Besides her theatre pieces she is an art educator with her specialty in dramatic museum tours which she did for a living in Tampere Museum services in 2004-2008. In addition she also writes articles for Nukketeatteri –magazine.
Rajala is prepared to create narratives for all kinds of different events and to host with and without puppets. She can also act without puppets as well as discuss and write about theatre in various connections.
Rajala is interested in visual, associative dramaturgy and poetry on stage. She’s also happy to use folkloric elements uniquely expressed. Gender portrayal without stereotypes is present in many of her performances. There are many of them, and the theme was also present in her master’s thesis for university in 2008.
– Master’s degree from Tampere University in Theatre and drama and genderstudies in 2008. Drama instructor from Turku Arts Academy from the puppetry line of studies.
– Six month grant from Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2014 and a twelve month grant in 2016.
– The Arts Promotion Center Finland six month working grant in 2017.
– Vuoden Nukketeatteriteko (The Puppetry act of the year) -award from Unima Finland for organizing the Case OFF Puppet Theatre –event in Tampere 2014
– Published: Erityisen avoin kohtaaminen – guide for special needs kids’ art education , 2008; Tampere museum services, TAITE and Taikalamppu.
– Finlandia Junior –jury for the children’s book award 2015.