Extended deadline!

apply for MA in Directing of Devised and Object Theatre for 2018/2019 until July 9

Study programmes at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre (KALD) focus on exploration of the very essentials of what theatre is, how it can be perceived, what social functions can it fulfil nowadays, what are possible directions of its development, where are its borders and crossovers.

The studies are based on the fusion of the long-standing pedagogical experience of a puppetry school and tendencies rooted in theatre avant-garde and movement of „open theatre“.

MA DOT Devised and Object Theatre

Study programmes at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre focus on exploration of the very essentials of what theatre is, how it can be perceived, what social functions can it fulfil nowadays, what are possible directions of its development, where are its borders and crossovers.

The studies are based on the fusion of the lo ng-standing pedagogical experience of a puppetry school and tendencies rooted in theatre avant-garde and movement of „open theatre“.

Beside the craft skills, theoretical and historical knowledge, the artistic research here is focused on areas of primary roles in theatre – it is testing division to traditional roles as director, dramaturg, actor, stage designer, costume designer, composer or dancer. Emphasising collective creative work, these roles are disturbed, overlapped, intersected a dehierarchized. These tendencies apply especially in process of rehearsals, which we understand as core of the creation.

The above mentioned practices are researched in areas of figurative and puppet theatre, DIY, happening, performance, dance, visual expression, contemporary music or for example musical, documentary, political or physical theatre, or as contrary, in archaic theatre or theatre with non-European roots. Theatre principles are extended to radio and musical compositions or experimental film, as the theatre does not necessarily have to be staged in theatre venues and is able to transmit its principles to different artistic forms. And vice versa – theatre tries to transform inspirations and tools from other artistic forms into stage work. 

The source of inspiration doesn’t have to be only dramatic literature, but also, for example, research papers, discoveries from botanics, mineralogy, alchemy, hermeneutics, philosophy or psychology, as well as mathematics, obscure cinematography, novels, poetry, essays and treatises, chronicles, jazz, baroque music, or metal.

The common territory of studies is a post-dramatic theather, devised theatre, postspectacular, puppet, object, physical. More than on studies of established methods and craft rules, the focus is moved to soace for questioning, searching different or new language. Theatre is not absolutely known phenomena, it is a space for continuously necessary defining of oneself. Should contemporary theatre stay alive, it must be more a question than a verified genre. And, moreover, the theatre professions as directing or stage design, are not the goal of studies, that has to be perfectly handled.

An important aspect is, besides studying of theatrical or performative language, common and open studies of students of all disciplines, sharing experience and knowledge and open reflecting of each other’s work. Accent is also placed to theatre history, contemporary theory and teatrological methodology as essencial context to practical tasks and stage projects.

Master Degree in Directing of Devised and Object Theatre

a 2 year English language program at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre (KALD)
Prague, Czech Republic.

Learn New Ways to Do Theatre

Applications open for academic year 2018/2019 until July 9!

Program Overview

The Master in Directing of Devised and Object Theatre offers advanced studies in the practice of theatre-making with a twofold focus: learning the process of devising a theatre performance from scratch, with a strong emphasis on a visuality of expression. Students will learn to create theatre performances with strong visual, spatial, object and media (low tech) aspects, as well as working in other related performance forms such as scenographic installations, sound performances, and other types of performances with strong visual and spatial dramaturgy.
The process will be based in devising techniques: creating thematic, conceptual, and/or documentary projects that are not based in pre-written plays, but are created mainly through the process of rehearsing, often as collaborative work of the whole creative team.
Students will learn to work with variety of authentic, found, and created material: poetry, images, fragments of plays, songs, historical events, personal stories, scientific findings, common knowledge, pop culture etc. Students will further learn a conceptual approach to research and development of materials, creating specific performance structures (in the sense of narrative, space, and relationship to audience), for specific material, and proposing new ways for audience to perceive/experience the performance to provide the students with skills to become independent authors.

Study Program

The degree is in directing, where directing is understood as an expanded practice, with the potential to work within the fields of design, writing, and performing, to prepare students for work in theatre forms without strict divisions of roles within the creative team. Students will be guided toward becoming independent creators making their own artistic work.
For their last semester and final projects, students will be partnered with prominent practicing artists, based on their individual needs, working in the fields of media, site specific, community theatre, movement theatre, documentary theatre, puppet theatre, visual theatre, scenographic installation etc., for a hands on experience.
Students will further have a possibility to create direct Connection to international environment, artists, and institutions as well as connection to Czech artists and companies.

Tuition fee

8 470 EUR per academic year.

Practical Proficiency

The foundations of the program involve practical work that provides the student with a hands-on experience with all the elements and in all the phases of project creation: selecting a theme; building a concept and dramaturgical structure; processing material; sound, visual and spatial design; dramaturgical work with material; creating material through rehearsal; performing and working with performers; work with puppets and objects; work with audiences.

Theoretical Coursework

The study program also includes a series of theoretical seminars through which students acquaint themselves with contemporary performance, devised, object and puppet theatre both in the Czech Republic and around the world.

Skills Attained

  • Directing theatre performances with strong visual and spatial components
  • Devising performance from a variety of material
  • Devising using one’s own material (not only interpreting already existing material)
  • Research and development of material
  • Creation of a variety of dramaturgical structures and research of material
  • Performing, and working with performers
  • Performance designing (scenography)


In order to graduate, students must present a performance during the second year of their studies as well as a written thesis containing a reflection of their artistic work.

Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre

has, since establishment in 1952, achieved international recognition and has since its beginnings cultivated new approaches to theatre making. It is vitally connected to the distinguished tradition of Czech puppetry, yet integrates the newest theatrical trends in the areas of object theatre, media and visual arts. The Department’s program places emphasis on student collaboration among various fields from performing to performance design.
MgA. Jiří Havelka Ph.D., director renowned for devising theatre performances from variety of documentary and fiction materials is the head of the department. Other main teaching artists at the program are faculty members like: doc. MgA. Marek Bečka, member of the Cakes and Puppets theatre company; MgA. Robert Smolik member of Handa Gote research and development; and MgA. Jiří Adámek, Ph.D. director, author and theatre critic, the founding director of BocaLoca LAB.
During the course of four semesters, students will encounter other theatre makers working with innovative tools and genres such as Dragan Stojčevski, Handa Gote, Cristina Maldonado, Stage Code, Petra Tejnorová, Kamila Polívková, Petra Hauerová, Farm in the Cave etc.

Course Leader

MgA. Sodja Zupanc Lotker works as a dramaturg for independent devised theatre, dance, media and site specific projects, working often in unusual performance spaces in Czech Republic, USA, Brazil etc., for instance with CIA Dani Lima, Lotte van den Berg, Farm in the Cave, Cristina Maldonado as well as Lhotakova/Soukup dance company. She was Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2008-2015, and has curated numerous exhibitions and events for the PQ since 1999. She has been teaching and giving lectures at Visual Arts Academy in Brno, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Columbia University, Yale School of drama, KhIO Oslo, Central School of Speech and Drama London, Kiasma Helsinki and a number of festivals and symposia. 


Sodja Lotker


visual theatre, visual dramaturgy, puppets, object theatre, spatial dramaturgy, devising, devised theatre, directing.