Mirek Trejtnar and Leah Gaffen

For over 19 years, Mirek Trejtnar and Leah Gaffen have been organizing puppet workshops for students from around the world. Over 900 students have become a part of the unique atomsphere of the workshop, where their dreams and ideas have come to life. Mirek and his team have also taught puppetry workshops in the USA, Singapore, Macao, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand...

Mirek heads the workshops - he is a puppet-maker himself and also an award-winning designer of toys, sculptures and much more with a special background in wood. His work is in the collection of the Victoria& Albert Museum and he creates puppets for companies around the world. You can see more examples of his work here: Mirek Trejtnar - KID Company

In 2014 Mirek co-directed an animated documentary film about the Velvet Revolution called What to tell the kids which has been aired at the 25th celebration of the Velvet Revolution and on Czech HBO.

Leah is an American who takes care of the organizational side of the workshops. She also runs Story Theatre, an award-winning children's theatre company. Leah and Mirek bring together a team of leading Czech artists - woodcarvers, puppet designers, puppeteers, film animators etc.- who bring the students into the world of puppetry and film animation in Prague.

PIP in the media

  • New York Times Prague 52 Places Travel Article (2018)
  • Unima USA - Hands Across the Sea (2015)
  • Radio Prague - Puppets in Prague Celebrating 15th Anniversary(2015)
  • Loutkar online (Puppeteer Online Magazine) - Making traditional Skeleton Marionettes (in Czech)
  • Toronto Star- Czech Marionettes (2015)
  • People in Prague - Puppet Master Mirek (2014)
  • Thalo Artistt Community - interview with Mirek Trejtnar
  • Czech Radio - Miroslav Trejtnar on teaching puppetry
  • Slow Living Today- Czech marionette artists (2011)
  • Christain Science Monitor - Czech puppetry tradition (2011)
  • Blogs by PIP students

  • Lisa Kraus (USA)- Marionette Carving
  • David Habchy (Lebanon)- Puppet Animation
  • Thomas Bochet (Switzerland) - Marionette Carving
  • Junko Kanayama (Japan) - Marionette Carving
  • Karlos Lacalle (Spanish)- Puppet Animation
  • Czech Toy Design and the work of Mirek Trejtnar

  • Mirek Trejtnar's work in the Victoria and Albert museum
  • Teaser for Kara, film project with puppets by Mirek Trejtnar (2013)
  • Monocle- A Bohemian Toy Story (2014)
  • Prague TV- Children's Toys(2015)
  • Brichopas: handmade toys from all over the worl(2015)
  • Studio One Edinburgh