Why PuppeTry

If you possess a Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Humanities.
If you have your own creative or artistic experience.
If you intend to stimulate your creativity.
If you are interested in puppet and object theatre.
If you want to benefit from the strong tradition of puppetry and contemporary theatre training.
If you wish to study in Europe.
If you aim to exploit the strengths of four universities in four European countries while studying one master’s programme.

If you want all of this, apply for PuppeTry EMJMD (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree).

  • we connect students to the professional art network around Europe
  • we offer a variety of different approaches and artistic methods so as to develop a complex artistic personality
  • we put emphasis on working in a team

Programme overview

We are offering you a unique chance to experience the different artistic methods and aesthetic approaches of teachers of four Central European theatre academies. You will spend one semester at each Academy.

Mobility pathway

The core of the programme involves practical work that provides students with hands-on experience and allows them to explore all the elements and phases of project creation. These include selecting a theme, building a creative team, developing a concept and dramaturgical structures, processing material, sound, visual and spatial design, dramaturgical work with material, creating stage material through rehearsals, performing and working with performers, working with puppets and objects, as well as working with audiences.

The educational sense of PuppeTry is to give students the opportunity to search for new ways for their artistic expression by creating a laboratory. The programme is designed to initiate the expression of students’ opinions and their identifications. It expands artists capabilities for critical thinking and the ability to see the world in different contexts. Students are encouraged to find their own artistic role through puppetry. Graduates of this programme will contribute to the global puppet theatre movement.

Students enter into various cultures and social environments that makes them more susceptible to the practices and ways of communication associated with the different puppet performances and makes them more capable of working in cultural environments outside their own – therefore, the group moves together from university to university each semester.

After a joint start at the induction week in Budapest, the students will study around the Consortium Countries, always starting the period with introduction days on the spot. .

1st semester: Budapest, 2nd semester: Prague, summer practice between 2nd and 3rd semester: Bratislava, 3rd semester: Białystok, 4th semester: decided by the Academic Board upon each student’s proposal for diploma performance, thesis topic, tutor and prefered Äcademy.

Branch Campus in Bialystok
Performance: Common lives of dead Poles
Photo: Bartek Warzecha

Skills to attain

A graduate from the PuppeTry will possess the skills and qualifications of a versatile puppeteer; will acquire specific professional skills concerning craft and artistic creation; will be able to use a wide range of acting techniques; and will know the possibilities of different puppet techniques, of object theatre and other unconventional means of artistic expression within the theatre of animated forms. A graduate will be prepared to initiate his/her independent artistic work and will be equipped with the basics of humanistic knowledge, especially knowledge in the area of culture and social communication. A graduate will be able to work as an actor, stage designer, director or musician in the area of puppetry and related arts as an independent artist or as a member of a professional company.

Who can apply?

PuppeTry EMJMD is open to applicants with a tertiary qualification that corresponds to a bachelor’s degree in the Bologna Process of arts universities as well as of the humanities. In addition, an appropriate knowledge of English is required (B2).


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree PuppeTry is a two-year course (120 ECTS) organised by four Central-European Academies: the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia; Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic; Puppet Theatre Art Department of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Branch Campus in Białystok, Poland; University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary.


University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest
Performance: Chairs
Photo: Vera Éder

The master programme PuppeTry is offering a unique chance for students to experience different artistic methods and aesthetic approaches under the leadership of resident and guest teachers; to acquire ideas, knowledge, skills and practice in both traditional and contemporary object and material theatre of the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to meet internationally acclaimed masters of puppet theatre. 

All elements of the PuppeTry programme constitute stepping stones to each other, and together they set up a unique programme that offers “the best of both worlds (Eastern and Western)” to the students admitted.

Our students will acquire a strong technical basis in puppetry, both from theoretical and practical sides; will familiarise themselves with the characteristics and needs of children as a major target group of the puppetry profession and will be well-versed in the skills necessary to carry out entire puppetry projects, from the diverse roles and functions necessary in a puppet theatre to managerial and entrepreneurial skills.

In a world where specialisation seems to be the key word in every other discipline, puppetry calls for renaissance people and through this course we will provide just these.

Group work is a recurring, strong element of the course activities where the students from different cultural backgrounds and upbringing work together on a given task. 

Interculturalism is built in the professional part of the curriculum as well, since the various puppetry techniques were originally strongly culture-related, hence their great variety from the different parts of the world (e.g. gloves, marionettes, shadow figures etc.).

There has not been an international academic course in puppetry before that would enable students to stay and study in four different countries, broaden their horizons and learn about the traditions and the profession of several locations. It is an additional benefit that modern and traditional views will be combined. Besides, the students will also be given the chance to participate at major puppet festivals during their studies (for example in Charleville-Mézières, Nitra, Kecskemét, Białystok). 

In the first semester in Budapest

University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest
Performance: Samsa
Photo: Vera Éder

The students will learn about the foundations of puppetry. 

From among the theoretical subjects, theatre and puppet history, dramaturgy (classical and modern) and synopsis writing (the writing of a director’s concept) will be the material of the first semester in Budapest. As for the practical subjects, they will learn here some basic puppet techniques: paravan techniques (gloves, shadow, rod-puppets), marionette, bunraku, and abstract puppet theatre (object animation). In addition, sound training, rhythmic and vocal training, as well as movement lessons will be offered in the first semester.

In the second semester in Prague

The students will focus on scenery, puppet and stage design.

This semester is further developing knowledge of  the first one – theoretical lessons continue but in practical lessons the stage design comes to the fore together with space managements, shapes, materials, colours. In this semester, students will be creating self-reflexive visual plans but at the same time they will further develop their acting abilities and conceptualization.

In the summer practice in Bratislava

Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava
Performance: Nonsense​
Photo: Juliana Dubovská

The puppet theatre for children will be the centre of our attention. How to create a visually and dramaturgically attractive show for young audiences, how to use puppets and materials, how to present a show in a professional way. We focus on age characteristics, children’s lifestyle and children’s literature, training course of acting with puppet, object, general acting abilities such as stage movement, singing, animation.

In the third semester in Bialystok

Branch Campus in Bialystok
Performance: The Beggar’s Opera​
Photo: archive of ATB

The education will focus on basic directing knowledge.

Directing and stage making will be the main themes. Theoretical training continue also in this semester. In practical courses, students will focus on conception-creating and working with the camera. During this semester students also submit their final project proposal to Academic Board and will be assigned for certain Academy for creating it, as well as for writing their final master thesis.

In the fourth semester

This semester is built on the previous education. The students prepare their practical diploma work, and write the thesis at one of the four participating theatre Academies.

The students have to finish their diploma work of a chosen topic at the place of their choice, at the Academy designated for their solo or group performance. Apart from the practical diploma work, the students must prepare their written theoretical diploma thesis, supervised by selected tutor. The common final exams session in the end of June, where both the practical and theoretical parts will be examined, will be organised by PuppeTry Consortium at one of the participating Academy. All students of one cohort will gather on one place for this occasion. 


The joint degree will be issued by SZFE (HU). The graduate is awarded the professional title „Master of Art”.


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