Family (toy) Puppet Theatres


Family (Toy) Puppet theatres

23.May - 7. June 2019

Build a wooden stage, scenery, a set of wooden puppets AND a show. Puppets are carved; theatres collapse into small portable boxes based on our original design. This workshop coincides with the PQ international scenography exhibition.


Description of workshop

"This workshop is perfect for any puppeteer looking to walk away with a self-contained puppet show ready for performances"- Christine Stone, USA

Students make a WOODEN puppet theatre (proscenium, scenery, stage) based on original PIP design, scenery + 3 small puppets with carved wooden heads. They also create a one-man performance under the guidance of a professional puppeteers and perform for audience. We draw inspiration from the tradition of Czech family puppet theatres, which were very popular in the early 20th century - the theatres and puppets are artistic triumphs, designed by leading Czech artists of the time.

The course includes lessons of Czech puppet history and visits to exhibitions and theatre performances.

Photos of family puppet theatres made in June 2015

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Photos of historical family puppet theatres

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Daily Schedule

The daily schedule is intensive: students work eight hours from 9,30 to 5,30 p.m. with sessions consisting of interactive lectures and practical work. In the evenings, students visit puppeteers' studios, attend puppet theatre performances and see the best of animated Czech puppet films.


Who is the course designed for?

This workshop is an ideal opportunity for puppeteers, who will perform with the theatre they will create. At the end of the course, you will go home with a beautiful theatre, scenery, and puppets for a show!

Students will be selected on the basis of their experience, and all applicants should send photos of their work with the application. There will be maximum of 10 students.


Workshop fee

The fee for the workshops is 22 000 Czech Crowns (approx 850 Euro, 990 USD) per workshop; for actual exchange rate see here.

Price includes all materials, local transportation costs, tickets to performances. To confirm place in the workshop, applicants must send a deposit (details will be sent upon acceptance).




Accommodations with shared bathroom facilities can be arranged for participants in Pension Jana, a comfortable, clean hostel located in a residential area a five minute walk from the workshop. The price is about 520 Czech crowns (approx. 20 Euro/23 USD per night) for a double room, 600 Czech crowns (approx. 30 Euro/ 35 USD) for a single room (includes breakfast). For more informaton, go to the Pension Jana web site: (note that our prices are reduced)

If participants prefer other accommodation, we can provide contacts to booking agencies in Prague.

Participants can cook meals in a small kitchen in the workshop or eat in local Czech restaurants (approx. 5-6 Euro for lunch).

Location of Workshop

The workshop of Miroslav Trejtnar, located ten minutes from the historical center of Prague in the Vrsovice neighborhood, on Holandska Street. See map and Street View

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The workshop is taught in English.



Miroslav Trejtnar

Leader of workshop.

Miroslav Trejtnar graduated with high honours from the puppet design department of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He has trained with Institut UNIMA in Charleville - Mezieres in France. In 1989 he started the KID Company, designing and producing wooden puppets, toys and sculpture. 

Mirek has taught hundreds of students at Puppets in Prague workshops. He has also taught for the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, St. Martin’s College of Design in London, New York University in Prague, Chapito Circus Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Macao and Hong Kong.


Vaclav Krcal


Vaclav is profesional puppet maker based in Prague. He has made puppets for numerous internationally known puppet companies and puppeteers. He now works as a freelance puppet maker and he has taught for many workshops with us.


Sota Sakuma


Sota is a Japanese puppet maker based in Prague. He studied texitle at the Tokyo Art and Design University and puppet design at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He now works as a freelance puppet designer, and he has taught mask workshops at the Prague Quadrenniale. Sota also is a butoh perfomer.


Marcela Krcalova


Marcela is a professional puppet costume designer. She has made costumes for numerous internationally known puppet companies and puppeteers.


Dana Bihary


Dana currently studies the restoration of historical textiles. She has assisted on costume design for PIP puppet workshops for many years.


Svetlana Chaleckaja


Svetlana is working for best czech modern circus company La Putyka and is also performing and creating shows for other theatres.


Dora Bouzková

manipulation and creation of show

Dora is a professional puppeteer. Her theatre Loutky bez hranic performes for schools with small puppets and stages as you will create with us. She is the best choice, if you wish to learn creativity with small scale performances.


Zuzana Bruknerová

manipulation and creation of show

Zuzana is a professional puppeteer and member of Buchty a loutky, one of best Czech puppet groups. Her theatre performes for schools and for adults.


Leah Gaffen

History, Organization

Leah Gaffen is an American who has lived in the Czech Republic for fifteen years.  She founded the Puppets in Prague workshops with Mirek Trejtnar, and has worked with him as a producer for the course since then.  She has also done production and translating work for the Prague Theatre Academy and numerous theatre education projects.