The Prague Summer Theatre School


Crafting and Performing Puppets

Craft your own puppet and create a puppet performance.

In this course, you will learn how to create and animate puppets, a process analogous to starting a new puppet company. You will the create puppets as well as the other necessary elements for a performance. At the end of the course, we will create a short performance with the puppets you have made.

We live and move in a complex world in which we are just one part. Every day we handle numerous objects. We rarely consider from what and why they are made; we mostly think about whether these things "function." We do not concern ourselves much with what the object is, and that some things are "closer" to us than others. Perhaps we sense an energetic potential in many objects, a certain attractiveness, even memories that could tell us much about the world and ourselves. This course will offer a journey on a road beneath the surface of our everyday worldview in order to meet with the deeper meaning and significance of "things."


June 9th to June 27th 2014. You may also enroll in Enlivening the Performer and any Three-Day Intensive. You will need to spend time independently or with other students outside of class doing work for this course.


Doc. Karel Vostarek is a visual artist, set designer, actor and director who graduated from DAMU. He has worked in amateur and professional companies as well as with Czech TV. He has taught internationally, including the Volkskunstschule Leipzig in Germany (1982-1988), Granau Workshop and Kirchdorff Workshops in Austria (1985). He has exhibited across the Czech Republic and remodeled well-known theatres and churches in the Czech Republic. He has been teaching at the Department of Drama in Education, DAMU since 1990.

Photo: Crafting and Performing Puppets Show -­ PSTS 2013