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Our academic workshops teach the fundamental toolkit of a puppeteer through industry-level training in supportive and engaging sessions! 

  These workshops combine character development, voice, and storytelling elements, and are ideally suited to devising modules. We can tailor these sessions to any curriculum and support the development of interpersonal skills and competencies such as teamwork, movement, and confidence.


Students take part in both individual and group exercises, are shown how to create simple puppets, compete in the assault course and dance battle challenges, and devise collaborative performances to share with the group. We provide footage of the work created in our post-workshop package and also offer a 'Working in the Industry' Q&A for A level students and above.

Our workshop is suitable for students from Year 7 to degree level. We provide all of the materials needed and every Paper Puppets member is a highly experienced facilitator with DBS certification.

To book or discuss our workshop please email us via our contact page below.

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Our community workshops bring groups of people together to create art specific to them using puppetry. These exciting sessions promote teamwork and discovery through play, creating a space for new connections to grow and where all voices are heard.


Highly experienced facilitators teach the key skills of puppetry, help groups make their own puppets, and guide them through a wide range of exercises and challenges. These sessions end with a sharing of the performances created with the rest of the group.

 Our community workshops are suitable for ages 6+, with mixed age group sessions possible. We provide all of the materials needed for the session and every Paper Puppets member is a highly experienced facilitator with DBS certification.


To book or discuss what possibilities our workshop could have for your community or organisation, please email us via our contact page below.

Paper Puppets Assault Course


Students and puppets team up to tackle our exciting assault course challenge! Inspired by the legendary 'Tough Mudder' competition, teams test their new-found skills as they climb, crawl, and swing their way around the circuit. We use the furniture at your venue to create the track, meaning no two courses are ever the same! Available in both our sessions, this is a highlight of our workshop offer.

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Bust out your best moves, it's time to find out who is the best dancer in the room with The Paper Puppets Dance Battle! Using their choice of music, teams create routines before facing off in the hotly contested battle royale! Expert judges are on hand to score on technique, creativity, and flair before crowning the ultimate winner!

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Stephen is an actor-puppeteer and the founder of Paper Puppets. He has worked with a vast range of puppets across stage and screen and adores the playful, magical, and often mischievous nature of the beings brought to life! Stephen's credits include; Warhorse (The National Theatre), The Crown & Behind Her Eyes (Netflix), The Peripheral (Amazon), The Great (Hulu), and Gnomus (Puppets with Guts). Stephen's website is: and his pronouns are he/him.


Daisy is an actor, screenwriter, and puppeteer. Puppetry credits including Alice in Wonderland (UK Tour), Albert’s Wondrous Voyage (Royal Albert Hall), Out of This World (Little Angel Theatre), and Mulan Rouge (The Vaults)

Daisy is also a highly experienced workshop facilitator and is a freelance educator and consultant for institutions including Royal Museums Greenwich, The Wallace Collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and London Transport Museum. She specialises in workshops for young children and families. Daisy's pronouns are she/her.


Lucas is an actor, puppeteer and musician who has worked across theatre and television. Some of his credits include; Warhorse (National Theatre), Kes (Leeds Playhouse), The Butterfly Lion (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Run sister Run (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres), Masters of the Air (Apple TV), The Witcher: Blood Origin (Netflix), Casualty and Worzel Gummidge (BBC), Ride Out (Funfar Oy). Lucas's pronouns are he/him.


Ru is a queer, non-binary, multidisciplinary artist from the West Country and the founder of ‘Tailwind Physical Theatre’. Ru creates eclectic ensemble work using elaborate contemporary choreography, puppetry, dynamic sound scores, and text to create transcendent worlds that immerse audiences and are inspired by pressing environmental and socio-economic issues. Ru graduated from East15 Acting schools, BA Acting and Physical Theatre, is trained in Gecko Theatre technique. Ru's pronouns are they/them.

Home: Testimonials


"From our initial meeting, I knew that Stephen and Lucas were going to provide a carefully prepared, well-planned, and highly skilled workshop for our students and my expectations were surpassed. Bringing their knowledge and skills of puppetry from the West End and beyond, our BA Acting students were challenged, inspired, and left wanting to engage with more puppetry and object manipulation. The workshops give students the tools to explore puppetry further and prepare them for auditions that require puppetry in the future, but also offer the rigour, physical discipline, and storytelling that is required for any actor. I am amazed with what the students were able to create in three days of workshops and the skills that they continue to use since.

 Ben Buratta - Course Leader BA Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

"I thought it was great! It introduced the students to the world of puppetry beautifully, including it's professional and work-based context. It was exciting, fun, and engaging"

Rebecca Mutimer, The Burgate School


​​​"We loved those three days and got so much from it... It was the BEST thing we've done all year... Everyone has been talking about it since and we want you to come back to teach again... It was like tapping into that childlike playfulness" 

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama CTD Students

"Thank you so much for your work, I have heard wonderful things from our students. The images/videos are excellent!"  

Natasha Harrison - Senior Lecturer, UAL Wimbledon College of the Arts

“Thank you to Stephen and Paper Puppets for delivering a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable community workshop during our Children’s Festival. Extremely professional from planning to delivery, and able to adapt quickly to a brand new group with participants who had never met before. I hope you are able to deliver more workshops with the West End Centre in the future, and would highly recommend Paper Puppets for community workshops

Alana Long, Community Programmes Manager at the West End Centre

"Paper Puppets are an excellent company with a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging workshop offer. I would thoroughly recommend them!"


Will Pickering - Engage Co-ordinator, Southampton Mayflower

"Paper Puppets came to St Swithun’s School to deliver a series of workshops aimed to 11 -12 years old. The girls loved every minute of it. Stephen & Lucas delivered well planned sessions which engaged our students with puppetry and object manipulation; to the extent that we have now prepared a project using their techniques"

Pepe Gudiño Resendiz – Head of Drama at St Swithun’s School, Winchester

"The workshop was super practical and I loved how we instantly got to apply our new puppetry knowledge in a super fun obstacle course challenge!"

Masterclass Theatre Trust workshop participant

"Thanks SO much for coming and sharing your expertise with the students. It's so valuable for them and they all had a fabulous time. Hope to see you again soon"  

Ruth Oldroyd - Head of Performing Arts, Peter Symonds College

"Thank you so much for the workshop today! It was really informative and engaging and everyone afterwards was saying how much they enjoyed it!

Lily - Thomas Hardye School Student

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If you would like to book a workshop or have any other queries please email us on If you would like to talk to us over the phone, please email and we can arrange this for a time that suits you. You can also leave us a message using the portal below.


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