Western Norway University of Applied Sciences


Kari Mijaaland Heggstad is Professor Emerita in Drama and Theatre at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

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Universty of Reading - 

Institute of Education

Združeno kraljestvo

Andy Kempe is Senior Lecturer in Drama Education and Director of Initial Teacher
Training at the University of Reading, UK.


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences


Katrine Heggstad is Assistant Professor in Drama and Theatre and PhD candidate at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)



Jerca Cvetko is an educator and has been researching and using Kamishibai since 2014. Her main area of research is use of kamishibai in pedagogy and therapy. She has been performing and presenting her work at various national and international cultural events. 


Jure Engelsberger is a well known ilustrator of books for children and youth. In the past four years he has been very active in the field of Kamishibai. 


Urša Strehar Benčina is a thatre pedagogue, improviser and cultural worker employed in Pionirski Dom- Centre for Youth Culture, where she leads workshops for children and youth. Lately she also works as a trainer at Young theatre - Creative Europe cooperation project. 


Kim Komljanec is a playwright, dramaturge and theatre director. After a degree in French and Slovenian languages and literatre from the University of Ljubljana, she was awarded and MA in playwriting at University of Exter, UK. 

Petra Pikalo

Petra Pikalo is a professor of contemporary dance at Artistic High School for Contemporary dance in Ljubljana. She graduated from R.I.D.C, a contemporary dance school in Paris and worked as a dancer with different groups such as PTL, SNG Drama, Društvo Kinetikon, SMG, Cankarjev Dom,... 


Jelena Sitar in Igor Cvetko are artistic duo in the area of puppet thatre. They are well known for their minimalist, interactive, and original approach to puppetry. In their performances they are researching the borders of theatre forms such as finger puppetry and kamishibai theatre. 

They received numerous awards for their work and have been introducing world of theatre, puppetry, and kamishibai to future generations of educators.