Holds a degree in Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona. She joined Per Poc in 1998 and takes part in the production and creation of all the company’s shows, where she also works as an actress and puppeteer. The mix of plastic arts and stagecraft offered by puppet theatre provides the ideal framework for experimenting and trying out new ways to tell stories.
Her work at Per Poc allows her to take part in nearly all the processes involved in the world of puppets, from building the puppets to managing and producing shows, operating string puppets (in Peter and the Wolf and The Triplets and the Enigmatic Mr. Gaudí), developing shadow theatre (The Nutcracker), narrating and operating paper theatre (Ali Bei, the Traveller) and even performing experiments in form such as the string puppet on wheels for Joaquin the Street-Sweeper, which included scenes where the puppeteers sang songs; and the 1.8-m-high string puppet operated for the film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam. She has also taken part in seeking out, creating and operating the puppets for Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Santi Arnal trained as a puppeteer in the 1980s at the Barcelona Theatre Institute under Harry V. Tozer. Since then, he has worked to publicize the many plastic and artistic possibilities of string puppets. In 1989, he set up his own company, Per Poc, through which he has created and directed several shows: Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008), Romeo and Juliet (2006), Joaquín el Barrendero (Joaquin the street-sweeper) (2003), The Triplets and the Enigmatic Mr. Gaudí (2003), The Nutcracker (2000), Peter and the Wolf (1998), Fragments (1996), and Piccolo, Forte, Pianissimo (1990).
His earlier training in the world of dance is visible in all his directing work. The stage production of his shows show a constant rhythm and choreographic play.
Santiago Arnal is also a skilled craftsman. This skill has led to important cooperative ventures including the construction of 24 string puppets 1.8 metres high for the film director Terry Gilliam.