Puppet Theatre Directing


Bachelor's Degree
4 year course of full-time studies




Educating creative artists who are able to create performances through the rich expressive potential of the puppet, the actor and the synthesis actor-puppet.


Admission exams:

Candidates are expected to prepare in advance, as audition materials, of their own choice: 2 fables, 2 poems, an excerpt from a tale or a prose text; 1 monologue from a comedy and 3 songs – folk, children or modern, their own project in written form, based on ideas from literature, music, fine arts. Candidates submit samples of their own work that represents their interests and abilities.


Stage I

Part 1

Performance of the audition materials and of stage tasks assigned by the evaluation panel.

Part 2

Performance of the prepared project and defense of its stage realization. Creative tasks based on materials proposed by the evaluation panel.


Stage II (anonymous) 

Written analysis of an assigned theme from tales and plays for puppet theatre. Duration: 6 hours


Stage III

Interview with the candidates based on their written analyses. The aim is to test the candidates’ artistic taste, their knowledge and interests in the fields of the arts (puppet theatre, music, painting, cinema, ballet, literature, history and others).




Compulsory subjects


PTD – Fundamentals of Puppet Theatre Directing

PTD – Work on Literary Text

PTD – Work on The Playtext

PTD – Directing of Complete Production               –

Puppet Theatre Acting

Puppet Systems – Glove Puppets, Petrushkas, Javanese Puppets

Puppet Systems – Shadow Theatre, Black Theatre

Puppet Systems –Muppets, Masks, Mascots

Puppet Systems – Improvised puppets and Marionettes


Stage Speech    Stage Movement


History of Fine Arts

Fundamentals of Puppet Theatre Design

Puppet Theatre Technologies

Stage Lighting


Sound and Music in Performance

History of Music

Introduction to History of European Theatre

History of Bulgarian Theatre

History of Puppet Theatre

Theory of Drama

Theory of Performance

History of Animation

Introduction to History of European Literature

History of Childrens’ Literature

Playwriting for Puppet Theatre


History of Philosophy

Children Psychology

Marketing and Advertising



Elective subjects


Culture of Writing

Dramaturgy and Psychoanalysis

Fundamentals of Dramaturgy

History of Ancient Theatre

History of European Medieval Theatre

History of European Theatre – Renaissance and Classicism

History of European Theatre – Enlightement and Romanticism

History of Russian Theatre

History of American Theatre

History of European Theatre – Modernism

History of European Theatre – Postmodernism

Contemporary European Puppet Theatre

History and Theory of Directing

Introduction to History of Cinema

History of Mythology and Religion

History of Civilizations

Sociology of Art and Culture

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Hand Puppet Theatre

Marionette Puppet Theatre

Speech Culture

History of Dance

Style and Etiquette

Stage Makeup and Hairstyles

Multimedia Technologies for Theatre

Fundamentals of Photography

Screenwriting for TV Reality Show