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Professional Training Commission

Date of creation: 1976

Principle Objectives

  • The Commission’s keywords: “exchange, meetings and encouragement”.
  • To facilitate the exchange of teachers between schools
  • To encourage the exchange of students between schools
  • To continue international reflection on the teaching-learning and training and practice of puppeteers
  • To encourage meetings between international festivals and schools.

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The Professional Training Commission of UNIMA has the project of updating the list of universities, schools and institutions with professional training programs in theater of animated forms, puppets and objects..

This map, continuously updated, aims to communicate and make better known the whole, the richness and the diversity of the professional training proposals in the world today.

Projects

Each year, different scholarships are offered for students from different countries to attend courses or workshops, offered by some of the Schools / Programs / Puppet Training Institutions. This offer is also aimed at young people who are in non-formal training in countries where there are no schools.

Since 2014, the main project of the Professional Training Commission has been to organize, every two years, International Conferences on Training, bringing together artists and masters to share ideas and experiences regarding professional training in the arts of puppetry. .Each meeting result in a publication.

The first was held in Charleville-Mézières, in September 2015.
The second was held in June 2017, in Targoviste, Romania.
The third took place in Florianópolis, Brazil, in May 2019.
The fourth is scheduled for September 2022 in Beijing, China.
The fifth is scheduled for 2024 in Africa, location to be confirmed

There are also plans to organize some joint projects between schools (shows, workshops) and to offer special production projects bringing together students from various countries.

Also, we will also start online monthly meetings between historical training programs and others in the making to raise awareness of their operation and promote exchanges, especially with countries where there is no puppetry training.

 

Upcoming events

Last news of the Commission

Puppetraining

Turning the spotlight on training in the puppet arts 18 November 2022 – 14:00 (2pm), CET Fedelis Kyalo / Dr. Tom Odhiambo / Phylemon Odhiambo Okoth Join the Zoom session: ID: 819 6299 9228 Access: 616746 View it live on Facebook here.

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Tomorrow’s puppetry in Africa, call for applications open!

A training cycle for the puppetry artists of the African continent. UNIMA international, its commissions Africa and Professional Training, in collaboration with the National Centres of UNIMA in Tunisia, Kenya, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and the representative in Uganda, launch together a training cycle in 2023 for puppetry artists of the African continent on […]

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PUPPETRAINING ITALY

IN THE NEXT PUPPETRAINING ORGANIZED BY UNIMA’s PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COMMISSION, IT WILL BE ITALY’S TURN! TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022, 4.00 PM (CET) Meeting program: – Presentation ATELIER DELLE FIGURE / School for puppeteers and storytellers – ANIMATERIA presentation / Advanced training course for animator expert in techniques and languages, analogical and digital, of puppetry – […]

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Directory of puppet schools

The Professional Training Commission of UNIMA has the project of updating the list of universities, schools and institutions with professional training programs in theater of animated forms, puppets and objects. This map, continuously updated, aims to communicate and make better known the whole, the richness and the diversity of the professional training proposals in the […]

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Puppetraining – Next session : Meeting with the University of Teheran

NEXT MEETING: Friday, July 1, 4:00 p.m. (CET) SOORE ART UNIVERSITY – DEPARTMENT OF PUPPET THEATER – Tehran, IRAN A live meeting on the Zoom platform. Participate by connecting to this Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83603472774?pwd=U2dFbTJBM3RHQWJEWU9lVGVJeFIvdz09 Meeting ID: 836 0347 2774Access Code: 093891 More information For those who cannot follow the meetings live, the recordings will be available after the […]

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Puppetraining – Meeting with Damu university, Czech Republic

Friday, May 6th 2022, at 5pm (CET). The Professional Training Commission of Unima proposes monthly online meetings with schools or trainings dedicated to puppetry arts. These meetings aim at discovering the programmes and characteristics of puppetry schools in the world. The next meeting will be held on Friday 6 May with the Academy of Performing […]

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Arketal’s Books – Learning to make puppets

Professional Training - 31/03/2022

The Arketal Workshop, run by Greta Bruggeman and Sylvie Osman since 2002, is a studio for puppetry training located in Cannes (France), well-known in the world of puppetry. There students of all nationalities attend every year various making and play courses. The Arketal Workshop is also a place for doing research : it allows puppeteers, […]

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Survey on professional training commission

Dear National Centres, The professional training commission has the project to update the list of universities, schools and official institutions with professional training programs in puppetry. This list will be hosted on the page of the Professional Training Commission on the UNIMA International website, with the purpose of communicating and making better known the richness […]

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Puppetraining

Turning the spotlight on training in puppetry arts The Professional Training Commission of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) is pleased to present its new project: “Spotlight on Puppetry Arts Training”, which consists of: Meetings to discover the main approaches to teaching the art of puppetry around the world. Presentations and discussions with the heads […]

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Grants holders 2017 of the Training Commission

Professional Training - 21/12/2016

This year, the Training Commission has been receiving a great number of applications; more than about forty ones meeting the selection criterias. After a difficult election due the good level of the applications, the members of the Training Commission decided to award, for 2017, 2 grants for students. The recipients 2017 are: Diana Tuneva (Russia) […]

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Grants 2017 of the Profesional Training Commission

Professional Training - 27/10/2016

In 2017, the Profesional Training Commission of UNIMA would give between 2 and 3 grants, without discrimination of age or origin, to students in puppetry arts, or puppeteers in practical training, to follow a course or a workshop proposed by a school or training program in puppet theater. Therefore, it is glad to announce the […]

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Recipients of the Training grants 2016

Professional Training - 9/12/2015

The Professional Training Commission is glad announcing the name of the recipients of its Grants 2016: Feith-Anne Chester Inn (Guyana), Alina Cristina Tane (Romania), Izabela Zachowicz (Poland) Thank to these grants, Feith-Anne Chester Inn will take part to the workshop “The Unusual body – Theatre of animation” with Miguel Vellinho (Cie PeQuod) in the Espaço […]

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Grants 2016 of the Profesional Training Commission

Professional Training - 25/10/2015

In 2016, the Profesional Training Commission of UNIMA would give three (3) grants, without discrimination of age or origin, to students in puppetry arts, or puppeteers in practical training, to follow a course or a workshop proposed by a school or training program in puppet theater. So, it is glad to announce the list of […]

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Recipients of the Training grants 2015

Professional Training - 15/12/2014

The Professional Training Commission is glad announcing the name of the recipients 2015 of its Grants 2015 Xiaoran, student from China, and – Faith-Ann Chester-Inniss, puppeteer from Guyana. Thank to thse grants, Xiaoran would attend, in April 2015, to the workshop “Contemporary String Puppet” with Frank Soehnle in the Atelier d’Arketal in Cannes (France) and […]

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Grants 2015 of the Profesionnal Training Commission

Professional Training - 2/10/2014

The Profesionnal Training Commission is glad to announce the list of the workshops that it would support for 2015. The candidates must fill out and send the application form before November 15th, 2014 and have to choose one of the courses or workshops listed here below. – Contemporay String Puppet with Frank Soehnle at the […]

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The Profesionnal Training Commission expresses its concern

Professional Training - 23/09/2014

For us, it’s essential to maintain the training of puppeteers as an effective way to preserve an important patrimony, because the artists’ interest in puppetry is growing and the need for high quality professional training is growing with it. In that respect, significant training programs worldwide must be maintained and protected. So, when a program […]

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Grants holders 2014 of the Training Commission

Professional Training - 2/12/2013

After long discussions, the members of the Training Commission decided to award, for 2014, 2 grants for students. The recipients 2014 are: – Domokos Kovacs, from Hungary, will follow, in August 2014, the workshop “Dance and Puppetry” headed by Duda Paiva, in the International Puppetry Institute of Charleville Mézières (France).   – Miroslava Fuentes Figueroa, […]

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