Puppet Theatre Acting


Bachelor's Degree
4-year course of full time studies
Training actors for the puppet theatre with highly professional skills, with an individual creative style and effective methods for creating a stage character with a puppet.


Admission Exams:

Candidates are expected to prepare in advance, of their own choosing, a repertoire consisting of: 2 fables, 2 poems (one for children), 1 prose excerpt, 2 monologues (comical and dramatic), 2 songs (one of which has to be a Bulgarian folk song), folk and modern dance.

Stage I
Performance of audition materials (candidates may choose what to begin with). Puppetry tasks based on the on the audition materials.

Stage II

Performance of audition materials. The candidates perform the songs they’ve prepared.  Candidates who play a musical instrument may demonstrate their skills in front of the evaluation panel.

Stage ІІІ

Part 1: Creation of a puppet from given materials. Puppetry tasks including. The aim is to test the candidates’ ability to animate the puppet.

Part 2: Puppetry tasks – individual and group. A conversation with the candidates with the aim to test their general knowledge and theatre culture.




Practical Experience:

Students gain practical experience in performances at the Puppet Training Theatre, in guest- performances and at festivals.

Graduation Project: Creating characters in puppet plays on the stages of the Puppet Training Theatre.




Puppet Theatre Acting –  Improvisation and Etude

PTA – Stage Actions with Puppet

PTA – Theatre and Literature

PTA – Character on Stage

PTA – Theatre of Small Forms

PTA – Performance on Big Stage

PTA -Transition to Professional Theatre

Puppet Systems – Improvised puppets

Puppet Systems – Glove Puppets and Petrushkas

Puppet Systems – Javanese Puppets

Puppet Systems – Cabaret Puppets

Puppet Systems – Shadow Theatre

Puppet Systems – Marionettes

Puppet Systems – Hand Theatre

Puppet Systems – Black camera and UV light

Stage Speech



Stage Movement

Stage Acrobatics

Bulgarian Folk Dances


Vocal Training

History of Puppet Theatre

Introduction to History of European Theatre

History of Childrens’ Literature





History of Fine Arts

Fundamentals of Puppet Theatre Directing


History of Philosophy

History of Mythology and Religion

History of Civilizations

Children Psychology

History of Russian Theatre

History of American Theatre

History of European Theatre – Modernism

History of European Theatre – Postmodernism

Contemporary European Puppet Theatre

Introduction to History of Cinema

History of Animation

Introduction to History of European Theatre

Art Management

Marketing and Advertising

History of Music

Playwriting for Puppet Theatre

Screenwriting for TV Reality Show


Stage Makeup and Hairstyles

Parallel Between Singing and Movement

Puppet Theatre Technologies

Development of Musical Perception

Interpretation of  Musical Genres

Stage Combat Techniques

Dance Acrobatics

Fundamentals of Pantomime


Classical Dance Techniques

Jazz Dance Techniques

Contemporary Dance Techniques

Ethnofolk Dances

Style and Etiquette


Introduction to Directing Practices