Károly Szívós was born in Szentes in 1959 and earned his degree in puppetry from the Hungarian State Puppet Theatre's advanced puppetry programme in 1981. He joined the State Puppet Theatre as a puppeteer in that same year and remained there for more than a decade. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Kolibri Theatre, where he has performed in a number of shows. Together with his wife, Ágnes Török, he founded the Kereplő Family Theatre, which primarily stages chamber productions like the open-air puppet show Lúdas Matyi (“Mattie the Goose-boy”). He first started directing in 1982 and has worked at the puppet theatres of Kecskemét, Miskolc, Debrecen, Zalaegerszeg, Eger and Szombathely. Since 1996, he has taught puppet manipulation and puppet acting at the Kolibri Theatre studio, and also serves as a lecturer in the puppetry department of the University of Theatre and Film Arts. His productions have won several recognitions from UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette). He was presented with the Géza Blattner Award in 1992.