Acrobat Carving Workshop - NEW


Acrobat variety puppets: Four dancers

9. - 19. October 2017 (11 days)

For the first time, we are offering a class to learn to make a puppet that consists of FOUR marionettes on one controller! Learn the traditional design and the complicated stringing of four dancers on one controller.

four dancers
four dancers

Description of workshop

Early Czech puppeteers always ended their shows with numbers by specialized trick marionettes- one of the most popular was the dancers. Students will learn the marionette's special technology - how to make a technical drawing, woodcarving, painting, assembly and stringing, as well as how to manipulate the puppet. The course also includes lessons of Czech puppet history and visits to exhibitions and theatre performances.

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Students will carve four simple puppets during this workshop. They will work with different puppet artists to learn how to create the Four Dancers puppet from start to finish: the puppet's classic design, making technical drawings, woodcarving, painting, assembly and stringing, and manipulation. The course also includes lessons Czech puppet history and visits to exhibitions and theatre performances.


Daily Schedule

The daily schedule is intensive: students work eight hours from 9,30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with morning sessions consisting of interactive lectures and afternoons for practical work. In the evenings students visit puppet theatre performances.

The workshop is 11 days. It includes four days of puppet construction and carving, one day of painting, and one day of stringing and manipulation. There will be one day off in the middle of the workshop to see Prague and have a break.


Who is the course designed for?

It is an ideal opportunity for woodcarvers, artists, theatre makers, puppeteers and teachers who want to learn the craft of creating a very special wooden marionette.

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


Workshop fee

The Acrobat workshop will cost 16,000 Czech Crowns (approx 650 USD, 580 Euro) 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 400 Czech crowns (approx. 15 Euro/18 USD per night) for a double room, 600 Czech crowns (approx. 24 Euro/ 28 USD) for a single room (includes breakfast), or 380 Cz crowns for a triple room. For more informaton, go to the Pension Jana web site:

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. 8 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.



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's art has been exhibited around the world, including at several UNIMA festivals.  He has designed puppets for numerous productions, including "The Baroque Opera" by the Forman Brothers.  He has also produced puppets for the Jiri Trnka animated film studio in Prague. 

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.


Marcela Krcalova


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


Leah Gaffen

History, Organization

Leah Gaffen is an Ameican 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.

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four dancers
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four dancers