“In her performance, Ana Craciun-Lambru respects her audience and is not afraid to share her emotions, her history and her theatrical method. This is what we hope for, not just from puppet theatre but from all theatrical productions.” - Edmond Chibeau, Professor of Communication at Eastern Connecticut State University

Winner of the BEST ACTRESS AWARD at the AnimArt World Puppet Carnival in Lodz, Poland 2016

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The Artist


Ana Crăciun-Lambru is a Romanian Puppeteer, Actress and Director.  In Romania, she worked as a freelance puppeteer and actress since 2007. Her work included Commedia dell’Arte and Puppet Theatre Performances and she collaborated with dancers from the National Bucharest Opera in various Contemporary Dance Productions.In 2013 Ana participated with her group, Uninvented Theatre, in Romania’s Got Talent and brought new ideas on the local puppetry scene.

In the US Ana performed in Goblin Market (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and in the The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Uconn Dramatic Arts Department). Other credits include: Shadow Master for Band of the Black Hand (CRT), Puppeteer for L'enfant et les sortilèges, Noah’s Ark and Hansel and Gretel (Uconn Opera), Dancer and Puppeteer for Gladys-A life of Confinement (Ballard Theatre) and Creator and Performer for her Master of Fine Arts project Dust (CRT).

Ana has a Bachelor of the Arts in Puppetry from the I.L. Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania. In 2016 she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut through a Fulbright Scholarship.





written and directed by Ana Crăciun-Lambru


A one woman performance where movement, shadow, puppet and object theatre techniques are blended together in a story that pushes the boundaries of imagination. In the creation of this play, the artist drew inspiration from her personal story and from the stories of the Romanian immigrant women who came to America at the turn of the century. Often these women worked in the garment factories and many lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that took place in 1911 in New York City.


"Dust" was Ana Crăciun-Lambru's  Master of Fine Arts project in the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut and it was produced by the Puppet Arts Program and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.