How to become a Professional Puppeteer if you are from Abroad. ReCreation Puppet . Apply now for 2019.

Next ReCreation Puppetry Break starts in Summer 2019
and is aimed at puppeteers from countries from outside the EU enabling them to get a sound training in professional puppetry. Bursaries available. 

Combine a ReCreation holiday course in puppetry with distance learning in your home country. Start your training on the ReCreation Puppetry Break to prepare yourself for the important work to be done in your own country. You may convert your UK experience to the Diploma in Professional Puppetry after completing a minimum of 6 months of business study at home.

Two years of ReCreation puppetry experience leaves you with four types of performance using a range of different types of puppetry which you can use as a start to your puppetry business. You discover puppetry as an aspect of interdisciplinary studies; you learn about earning your living as a puppeteer,  you address the all important application of the art of puppetry in education and therapy. The ReCreation puppetry experience is rich and intensive with daily operating classes, writing, devising making and performing, shared meals within a supportive and energising environment.

Fees cover everything for teaching and class work such as studio and workshop hire, tuition and materials although You need to buy the materials and equipment you need for making your solo shows and pay for your food, and all travel and accommodation.

Please note that all fees are non-returnable.

An interview is required. Please email requesting the Handbook.

The course takes 12-24 months. (4 months very intensive learning in the U.K. plus distance learning)

Only one fee plus the deposit is paid and this will not be affected when fees change during your time as a student.


Please take advantage of any Bursaries on offer. The usual fees for the Diploma are £6,400.00. A successful application would reduce fees to £3,900.00. Please contact us for details. We are especially interested in applicants who are already working in education or therapeutic work and wish to develop puppetry in their work.

How to pay.  After an interview (by Skype or phone)  you will be informed if you are successful gaining a place on the course. 

Please pay a non-returnable deposit through the website - you will be sent the code for you to pay the reduced rate. After this pay the balance as a Banker's Order. All fees are non-returnable. Please contact to apply for this course.

Home study when you return home.

To assist you to do this and support you when you return home, we recommend that you find a mature puppeteer who might perform the job of mentor for you. He or she needs to help you through the more difficult times and allow you to benefit from their wisdom, experience and maturity.
The school has a wiki or virtual learning environment where all work has to be recorded. You therefore need to have a good command of the English Language.

The course takes 12-24 months. Only one full fee plus the deposit is paid and this will not be affected when fees change during your time as a student.

Classes will be based in Derby in the East Midlands with some work being carried out in London. 

You will need to book your own flights and train journeys etc and you are responsible for your own travel insurance.

Please note that all fees are non-returnable.

What past students have said :

“Even though I am not a therapist but an artist, Caroline made me me feel very included and would always add extra points of interest for me amongst the broader discussion about the use of puppetry in education and therapy.”

“Caroline was very interested in our opinions and would often start a discussion by asking what we thought about a specific aspect or area of puppetry - this was very inclusive and empowering.”

“I liked the ‘flow’ of the days, the combination of practical activities and theory, there was a good balance.”

“The course gave me a real boost in confidence, everyone was very open, supportive and there was real value in our ernest endeavour to explore this wonderful new area. Caroline was extremely good at teaching, knowledgeable and a very good facilitator.”

“I really liked the house, the cat, the cake, the philosophy ... I am not being ironic or glib here, for me the informality of the environment hugely enriched my experience, I had not anticipated this, but as the week revealed itself I really began to value the richness of the environment that we were learning in.” NF.

“I just want you to know that I continue to be inspired from the course in August and that all my learning is still unfolding within me. I have just made my first puppet (rod and stick) and I am enjoying getting to know her and looking forward to seeing how she will meet others and what will occur!” TM.

All fees paid are non-refundable 

Available dates

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