The Academic Board is responsible for the entire programme, among others, for its educational, financial and administrational operation.The Academic Board supervises the curriculum, implementation, application, selection and admission procedures of the PuppeTry EMJMD as well as its processes for the evaluation and progress of students, disciplinary measures of students, financial management, monitoring, quality assurance, evaluation and dissemination, promotion and improvement priorities and strategic directions of the programme.
KATA CSATÓ / SZFE
MgA., puppet theatre director, actress, cultural manager, and teacher of puppet theatre acting and directing. She graduated as Cultural Manager (with Theatre specialisation) from Janus Pannonius University of Pécs, Hungary in 2000. In 2001 she enrolled in the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art – Puppet Theatre Art Department in Białystok and graduated in 2006 with a degree in two specializations: puppet theatre acting and directing. Since 2008 she has been pursuing studies for a Doctor of Liberal Arts degree (DLA) at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary and from 2016 at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art – Puppet Theatre Art Department in Białystok. She has received many awards for her work and recently also best director prizes.
KRISTÝNA TÄUBELOVÁ / DAMU
MgA., Ph.D., stage designer, creator of author projects, free artist, teacher of stage design at KALD DAMU since 2005. She graduated in Stage Design from KALD DAMU, where she continued her doctoral studies which she completed in 2010. She cooperated with the children’s Minor Theatre in Prague, dance company VerTe Dance, theatre BocaLocaLab, DTA (Deutsches Theater in Almaty/ Kazakhstan) etc. She focuses not only on scenographic work but also on free artistic work, especially graphics, illustration, creation of author’s books and sculpture. She has published articles in the puppeteer magazine Loutkář, anthologies by the Prague DAMU and the Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg. She has received several important Czech and foreign awards for her work.
IDA HLEDÍKOVÁ / VŠMU
Prof., Ph.D., theatre researcher, critic, historian, expert on puppet theatre, lecturer at the Puppetry Department in the Academy of Performing Arts (APA) in Bratislava, full professor of theatre arts, guarantor of the study programme PuppeTry. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Prague in Dramaturgy and Directing of Puppet Theatre. From 2004 to 2010 she fulfilled the role of the vice-dean of the Theatre Faculty, responsible for research. Between 2011 and 2015 she was the vice-rector of APA. At present, she is the chairwoman of the Department of Puppetry. Her scholarly essays have been published in ten European countries, India, and the USA. She is the author of “World Encyclopaedia of Puppetry Arts” (SK), two monographies on puppetry, editor of “The UNIMA Directory of Puppet Theatre Researchers”, version 2012, co-editor of International Puppetry Research publication “Tracing Past and Present”, author of the internationally awarded documentary film “The Last Caravan”, presented at prestigious film and puppetry festivals and institutions (e.g. Martin Segal Theatre Institute in New York, etc.). She takes part in many international conferences on puppetry and is a jury member in festivals. Starting from 2000 until 2016 she was the President of UNIMA Research Commission. In the past she also participated as a directress in two puppetry festivals and in the international television and film festival Prix Danube for children and youth programmes in Bratislava.
WIESŁAW CZOŁPIŃSKI / ATB
Prof., Ph.D., actor, director, lecturer in the Puppet Theatre Art Department in Bialystok, full professor of theatre arts. For many years, he was the vice-dean and dean of the Department. In 2012, he was elected vice-rector of The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art. From the beginning of his career, he has cooperated with Bialystok Puppet Theatre where he played in theatre’s most famous performances, for instance “Decameron” directed by Jan Wilkowski, ”On Felix, the Physician“ directed by Piotr Tomaszuk or “Gulliver” directed by Ondrej Spisak. He has received numerous awards at festivals of puppetry art in Poland and abroad. He was also awarded with the Gold Cross of Merit and “Gloria Artis” Silver Medal for Merit to Culture. He organized the last few editions of the International Festival of Puppetry Schools “Puppet-no-puppet” in Bialystok.
Regular faculty of each participating Academies, who will provide the curriculum of the semester.
The Visiting Professors Programme is a series of visits by famous artists, puppet theatre people from around the world. Guests will be invited by all PuppeTry partners. The Visiting Professors Programme provides an opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences between outstanding creators and students, thus enriching the puppetry community and giving it an international character. The topics of lectures and workshop meetings will be very diverse and relate to many methods of performing theatre activities, workshops. The Visiting Professors Project is to provide students with a unique opportunity to meet outstanding representatives of the puppet theatre world, to take part in lectures and workshops led by outstanding personalities. It is to inspire students to be creative, encourage them to experiment, take unconventional and innovative actions, which in turn naturally affects their fuller development.
Students who have succeeded in admission and take the PuppeTry EMJMD.