The Train Theater is an artistic repertoire puppet theater for children, which promotes freedom of creation, innovation and excellence of professional artists. The theater was founded in Jerusalem in 1981, as a collaboration of four independent puppeteers:Michael Schuster, Alina Ashbel, Hadass Ophrat and the late Mario Kotliar.
It started in a train car that was brought to Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem. The train car transformed into a locomotive, a major driving creative force and hub of inspiration for puppet theater in Israel.
Every summer, the theater produces the International Festival of Puppet Theater which brings together puppeteers, viewers, artists and festival directors from Israel and around the world.