Nini Ayach (French-American) studied fine arts at Pratt Institute (New York) before doing a Masters in Cultural Project Development in the Theater department of Université Paris 8 (Saint-Denis).  While living in the US, she worked with Circus Amok and did an apprenticeship with Bread and Puppet. Following this, she moved to Cairo to develop collaborative and socially engaged puppetry projects from 2012 to 2016.   She participated in Diwan: A Forum for the Arts at the Arab-American museum. She has led puppetry workshops in Mexcio (The Workshop Estudio) in 2013 and the UK (Hidden Civil War at the Newbridge Projects, Newcastle) in 2016.  

Hany Hommos (Egyptian) studied fine arts at Helwan University in Cairo and Alexandria.  He then went on to develop his puppet-building skills by working for ten years with El Khousha puppetry team in Cairo and Fayoum.   He also worked with the Ministry of antiquities of Egypt building reconstructions of pharaonic relics.  In 2016, he moved to France to further develop his puppetry practice and founded the Hékau puppetry company with Nicole Ayach.  He is particularly focused on the visual creation and handcraft of puppet-making.

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