ESNAM presentation

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette / École Margareta Niculescu

Since 1987, the year of its creation by Margareta Niculescu, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM), placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, has dedicated itself to the training of actors-puppeteers in its choice to be a school of performance and creation.
In honour of its founder, ESNAM bears her name.

The school, delivering higher training for puppeteers, is unique in France. Situated at the heart of the Institut International de la Marionnette, it will become, by 2025, one of the major axes of the future Reference pole bringing together all the components of the puppetry sector: higher and continuing professional training, research, heritage, creation, mediation and distribution.

At the heart of the Institut International de la Marionnette, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM) provides high-level initial training by way of a three-year postgraduate curriculum that completes the DNSPC (French qualification – national professional post-graduate degree) with an actor-puppeteer major.

This school is accessible through a competitive entrance examination, makes it possible to benefit from the teaching of French and foreign artists and aims for the mastery of the fundamentals of contemporary puppetry while ensuring the development of a personal artistic language.

The school provides privileged access to a documentation and research centre dedicated to puppetry arts which is the only one of its kind in the world.

Measures for professional integration, the support of an artistic network and personalized guidance allow graduates to be optimally prepared for the professional world.


By decision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication on July 1, 2016, ESNAM is authorized to issue the DNSPC, (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Comédien) actor-puppeteer speciality.
This level 6 diploma (Bachelor’s degree qualification) validates the acquisition of general and professional knowledge and skills corresponding to the practice of the actor-puppeteer profession, and allows for the continuation of studies for the master’s degree.
The partnership with the Picardie Jules Verne University (UPJV) of Amiens (France) allows students to obtain, in addition to the DNSPC, a Bachelor of performing arts allowing a continuation of studies in Master.
Students have student status and can benefit from CROUS grants awarded on social criteria.