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Education, Development and Therapy Commission

World Puppetry Day, Athens, Greece, 2012 / Photo: UNIMA Greece.
The commission deals with the variety of ways puppets are used in education, development and therapy. It connects researchers and practitioners, shares experience and ideas, publishes books on the subject, organizes conferences etc.


  • To encourage creative ways of using puppets from earliest childhood and throughout life;
  • To encourage researchers to engage with the field of puppetry in education, development and therapy, and to share their results;
  • To encourage the inclusion of puppetry in the training curricula of teachers, therapists and development workers;
  • To encourage professional puppeteers to collaborate with educators, therapists, community and development workers, and other professionals, to use puppetry in their fields;
  • To encourage different projects about the use of puppets in education, development or therapy.

Program of activities

  • Building up the EDT international network and compiling a directory of those researchers and practitioners who research and/or use puppets in education, development and/or therapy;
  • Drawing up a recommended bibliography on the subject;
  • Publishing books (2 books have already been published; a new book, which will be an open-access e-book, has been prepared: Applied Puppetry in Education, Development, and Therapy: Theory and Practice);
  • Organizing webinars on different subjects.

Last news of the Commission

International Artistic and Scientific Conference “Persons with Disabilities in Arts, Science and Education“

The Academy of Arts and Culture of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, in partnership with the UNIMA Education, Development and Therapy Commission, organizes the 2nd International Artistic and Scientific Conference “Persons with Disabilities in Arts, Science and Education”. It will be held in Osijek, Croatia, on 2nd and 3rd December 2021. The Conference […]

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Education, Development and Therapy Commission

Dear puppeteers and friends of puppets all over the world, I would like to draw your attention to the existence and work of the Puppet in Education, Development and Therapy Commission. It is meant for all the researchers and practitioners who research and/or use puppets in education, development and therapy. If you would like to […]

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Muñecoterapia Chile is calling all applicants for the eighth version of its International Online Diploma in Puppet Therapy

This online diploma is designed and focused on the use of puppets and objects in their expressive and therapeutic dimension; to the rescue of memory and learnt hopelessness. During these current times, of global pandemic and confinement, the Puppet Therapy Diploma invites you to be part of a journey where creativity, research, studies and the […]

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Result of the EDT Grant application

Dear all,  The EDT commission received keen reply since the release of the news. Till the deadline, we received 15 applications from 11 countries all over the world: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hong Kong (China), Malaysia, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, USA. It was pleasant to have received such number of very good presentations.   After the voting of our […]

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The applicants for the grant

The application for the grant has closed in end of May. We received 15 applications in total, they are: 1. Artsolute (Singapore) 2. Carol Sterling (USA) 3. Cengiz Ozek (Turkey) 4. Dafa Puppet Theatre (Czech Republic) 5. Elizabeth Goldsmith-Colney (USA) 6. Frans Hakkemars (The Netherlands) 7. Gibdel Wilson (Costa Rica) 8. King Ho Wong (Hong […]

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