What is it about?

This positioning article explores a reimagining within the field of applied theatre where through the medium of puppetry, the art and artist may become one as a way of healing. Building upon conceptual principles of animism, transference and embodiment, it is proposed that puppeteer training be usefully integrated into higher education applied arts and health programmes.

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Why is it important?

Value is given to the metaphorical use of the puppet in both education and therapy. It is proposed that puppeteers may gain value from engaging with cross-disciplinary art-based research as a way to further understand puppetry’s uses and furthering their own practices.


In contributing this article I have added to the development of the applied puppetry field and help raise important issues for the inclusion of puppetry into applied arts and health practices and into the training of these practitioners. We begin a conversation!

Professor Ross W. Prior
University of Wolverhampton

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This page is a summary of: Training the animator anew: Developing cross-disciplinary opportunities for puppetry in arts, health and education, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, July 2020, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jaah_00019_1.
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