Armenia

Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography (YSITC) is the only higher education institution in the field of theater and film in Armenia. Four faculties of YSITC (Faculty of Theatre, Faculty of Film, Television and Animation, Faculty of History, Theory and Management of Art, Part-Time Faculty) offer more than ten Bachelor’s, Master’s and two Doctoral programs, enrolling approximately 1,000 students in Yerevan and branches in three other cities of RA.

The Faculty of Theatre offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes  in Acting /4+2/, Directing /4+2/ and Choreography Directing /4+2/. The courses are run by experienced and distinguished masters, well known professors that have notable achievements in the theatre and film industry. The Student Theatre-Laboratory is an important part of the students’ activities. The Learning centre of creative technologies offers an environment for filmmakers and actors to experiment and create a movie from concept to completion.

As one of the largest cultural centers in the South Caucasus region, Yerevan offers internationally acclaimed theatre and film festivals each season in which our lecturers and students actively participate with their performances and films. Conferences, seminars, round tables and master classes conducted by experienced foreign specialist are held in the Institute on a regular basis. Besides, YSITC has its own International youth festival “Art-Fest”.

Brno

The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno was founded on 12th September 1947. It followed the organ school (founded in 1881) and the Brno Conservatoire (founded in 1919). The establishment of the Academy came as a result of lengthy efforts to build on Leoš Janáček’s artistic legacy. Thus the foundation of JAMU fulfilled Janáček’s attempt to create an arts college where skills of the Conservatoire graduates and other talented students could be further developed. 85 students studied at both faculties in the first academic year (66 at the Music Faculty and 19 at the Theatre Faculty). The Theatre Faculty together with the Music Faculty form the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU), which has included the music and theatre branches since its foundation.

In 2006 JAMU made the transition to a three-level study system (Bachelor, Master and PhD). From 2010 to 2012 the Theatre on Orlí Street – JAMU’s Music and Drama Laboratory (Divadlo na Orlí – Hudební a dramatická laboratoř JAMU) was built. It is a multi-functional building which focuses on musicals and opera performances. JAMU has entered the history of Brno and it helps to create its image – not only with a number of theatre performances and concerts, but by organising regular festivals, conferences, meetings, courses – and last-but-not-least by making efforts to educate, support and develop artistic personalities, provide them with an environment for their creative activities and to reflect the theory behind their work.

At present there are about 350 students at JAMU’s Theatre Faculty and more than a thousand of graduates have been sent out into the world in the last 25 years. Many of them have become significant representatives of Czech and European artistic and social life.

Today the Theatre Faculty is a dynamically-developing part of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Its role is covered in three major areas – pedagogical, artistic and academic. Since the Janáček Academy is a university-type of college, the faculty’s long-term priorities include academic work and research, theoretical reflections on artistic work and major publication activities. The Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy is a top-level arts college which chooses its students in a demanding admission procedure which thoroughly examines the talent of all the applicants for the studies. Only about one tenth of all the applicants pass the admission procedure and are accepted for the studies.

Bulgaria

Theatre Department at New Bulgarian University was established in 1992 by the theatre director Vazkresia Viharova and in 1999 was a separate structural unit at New Bulgarian University. At the moment Vazkresia Viharova is an executive director of the University theatre. The current Head of The department is one of the most significant theatre actresses – assoc.prof. Snezhina Petrova. The University theatre and the Theatre department work together in production and distribution of theatre products. Theatre department is member of IETM, EAST, ELIA and continues to extend its international activity. The department’s activity includes a wide range of projects, seminars and performances in the sphere of theatre, directing and the related fineand applied arts.

The Department of Theater provides solid modern education following theater knowledge traditions and methods while firmly based on the most modern teaching methods and practices in the field of arts.

The Mission of the Department is education promoting theater as an active part of the public system while striving to preserve cultural memory, strengthen its values and expand its spiritual horizons by setting value milestones for people. The Department of Theater is dedicated to preparing qualified specialists in the field of theater and drama based on both major European and universal human values and the priorities in the modern cultural development of the Bulgarian nation. In the new dynamic environment of institutional and aesthetic changes taking place in theater nationally and globally, the Department  strategy is to provide theater education which prepares students to work in the broad spectrum of contemporary performing arts. This type of education is focused on building the skills to seek and create the much-needed these days connection with various groups and new audiences in society. Among the strategic priorities of the Department is to open theater and theater education to all spheres of public life and social groups and to strengthen its relationship with other arts, with science, practice and experiments in this interdisciplinary field. Likewise, the Department strives to promote contemporary forms of research and encourage current debates on production on the independent theater scene, border drama forms and performance products in the wide spectrum of contemporary art.

Israel

The school was founded in 1988. Among the graduates of the school: Ayelet Zorer (who played in the movie “angels & demons” with Tom Hanks, Munich directed by Steven Spielberg superman and many others), Ali Saliman (who played in the movie “Paradise now” that was nominated for the Oscar) and many others Who are playing leading roles in theatre movies and T.V.in Israel The school is located in the most neglected neighborhood in Tel- Aviv, “shechunat Hatikva”, (“the neighborhood of hope”).

The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighborhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 16 drama groups within the community such as: youth at-risk, immigrant’s children in distress, children with special needs and emotional problems, senior and many more.

The Studio works toward developing collaborations with theatre institutions in Israel and abroad. Over the years of its activity the Studio has been involved in several coproductions with theatres all over the world.

Croatia

Ever since 1950, the Academy of Dramatic Art has been providing students with a
rich and diverse learning environment. The Academy of Dramatic Art is located in
Zagreb and has over 350 students and a teaching staff of around 100 employed
and another 100 visiting teachers. We encourage both students and staff to
develop individually, learn and create each passing day, and consider the artistic
practice and teaching methods we perform being a path our students take
towards a successful professional artistic career.
All the studies that the Academy of Dramatic Art (ADA) is introducing as
undergraduate or graduate programs have been designed to meet the
requirements of the labour market; in the fields of theatre, performing arts, film
and audiovisual media arts. From the time of the school’s founding there has
been a deep connection of our studies with the professional art production and
the cultural life, not only in Croatia, but abroad as well. Considering the fact that
the Academy of Dramatic Art has designed a major portion of the educational
programme in performing and audiovisual arts in Croatia, we are restructuring
all the curricula in accordance with most recent art trends, technological
environment and artistic research practices, ranking the artistic practice and
production as a discipline that is continuously developing in the historical and social context.

Krakow

AST Natioanl Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow was formed in 1946. At the beginning the school was named Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow (PWST). Since 1st October 2017 the school has been named Academia Sztik Teatralnych im. St. Wyspianskeigo in Krakow (AST).

At present AST runs one season of master studies leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Acting Department, the Drama Directing Department, the Puppetry Department and the Department of Dance Theatre. AST is an academic public school and it has the authority to issuse the following academic degrees: Doctorate, Habilitation and Professor of Theatre Arts. Direct supervision of the school falls to The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The academy is based in three cities: Krakow, Wroclaw and Bytom.

AST presents the diploma performances od its 4th and 5th years students od Acting and Puppetry performances prepared independently by students within the “scientific club”, joint-professors-and-students performances. The PWST has professionally equipped stages in Krakow (St. Wyspiański Stage, Stage 210, Classical Stage) and Wroclaw.

Leipzig

The acting school in Leipzig was founded on November 1, 1953. In 1967 the school was named after the German actor Hans Otto. On September 30, 1992 the acting school became part of the University of Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig. In 2009 the acting department became an institute and was given back its original name: „Institute of Acting „Hans Otto“.

The programme comprises the subjects drama (16 hours per week), speech, motion, fencing, lied interpretation, artistic speech, acrobatics, pantomime, holistic voice training, and rhythmics; it is complemented by theoretical subjects and courses such as choral declamation, radio play, or performing in front of the camera. Renowned theatre professionals are regularly invited to give workshops. In addition, members of our faculty frequently appear as guest lecturers on stages and at schools in Germany and abroad.

Since 1965 the department has been most successful with a particular study programme: Following a two-year period of intensive basic course work at the Hochschule, drama students spend their third and fourth year in practical training at a studio. These studios are affiliated with the leading theatres of the region, i.e. Dresden, Halle and Leipzig, as well as Cologne from autumn 2014. The students participate in the regular productions of these houses and develop a studio production of their own.

 Prague

The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) is a modern, university-level art school. It offers artistic personalities who have a broad cultural perspective and intense desire for profound learning the opportunity to integrate theatrical knowledge and skill with artistic experiment. DAMU is a highly selective school, providing professional education in all the branches of theatre creation: acting, directing, dramaturgy, scenography, theory and criticism, theatre management, authorial creation, and drama in education in the fields of regular and alternative theatre, performance studies and puppetry. The most important personalities of Czech theatrical life teach here and a number of important foreign experts work as guest professors (including Charles Marowicz, Oleg Tabakov and others). The course of study includes bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level studies. The school has a significant number of international contacts and actively encourages residencies at various European schools. Studying at DAMU is a challenge for intrepid, talented and creative individuals. Graduates of DAMU find prestigious employment in the foremost theatres in Czech Republic. They also act in, and found, independent companies, work as free-lance theatre artists, theatre reviewer, producers, teachers and/or authors in the broadest sense.

 Romania

The University of Arts Târgu-Mureş is an accredited higher education state institution.
The University of Arts Târgu-Mureş is engaged in education, scientific research and
artistic creation, based on the regulations and established benchmarks of University
Charter, in accordance with the national legislation and the principles of the European
Higher Education Area. The University of Arts Târgu-Mures is currently preparing actors,
puppeteers, directors, choreographers, impresarios, playwrights, theatre critics,
designers, music teachers in Romanian and Hungarian. The University is also an
institution that holds a theatre and a puppet theatre, which organise professional artistic
performances in every season.
The mission assumed by the University of Arts Târgu-Mures focuses on the following:
Organising graduate studies, master and doctoral training, ensuring the improvement
of creators and specialists in theatre arts, music, decora7ve arts at the best quality
requirements of a knowledge-based society and culture;
Promoting creative activities for teachers and students in theatre arts, musical and
dramatic arts, as well as scientific research in accordance with the requirements of
na7onal and international values;
· Ensuring multicultural, multilingual and interfaith interference to carry out teaching,
learning, creation and research in Romanian and Hungarian languages, based on
equality.

Russia

Russian State InsGtute of Performing Arts (former name Saint-Petersburg Theatre Arts
Academy), was established in 1779 and is the oldest and largest insGtuGon of its kind in
Russia that trains and educates every possible professional needed in the field of
contemporary theatre. During over two hundred years of history, the Academy evolved
from realisGc tradiGons of the Emperor’s Theatre School to Vsevolod Meyerhold’s
workshop, world renowned stage director and faculty member of the Academy in the
late teens of the XX century. Nowadays the Academy’s principal approach is mainly
based on Stanislavsky System, especially Method of Physical AcGons and Method of
AcGon Analysis; system of actor’s training also includes Meyerhold’s Bio-mechanics.
Thus, with true respect for classical school – a disGncGve feature of Saint Petersburg’s
cultural landscape overall – the Academy manages to combine it with contemporary
innovaGons based on main achievements of the Russian theatre in the 20th century.

Stuttgard

Founded in 1857 the State University of Music and the Performing Arts StuEgart is the oldest and -
with almost 800 students – the biggest University of Music in Baden-WurEemberg. Located along
StuEgart’s “Culture Mile”, the university is very important to StuEgart and the surrounding region,
not only as a university but also as a concert promoter and cultural center.
The university offers a wealth of subjects and in addition to piano, organ and singing students can
also study: all of the orchestral instruments, composition, conducting of (orchestra and choir),
guitar, harp and elementary music pedagogy (EMP).
With respect to the performing arts (opera school, theatre, visual theatre – puppetry and
animation, spoken arts) the university benefits from its own theater (Wilhelma theater) that is part
of the university. We also operate an opera studio in cooperation with the Staatsoper StuEgart in
order to promote vocal training: and an acting studio in conjunction with the Staatsschauspiel
StuEgart and several other theaters in Baden-WürEemberg offer students a means of gaining
practical experience.

The studies in StuEgart will be characterized by artistic autonomy and individual accountability.
Students will be given a solid background in a wide variety of skills, which should give them the
necessary tools to succeed. The course also includes both traditional and contemporary animation
techniques among others.
Our aim is to support them in discovering their creative potential and to encourage each student in
developing their own personalities so that we can accompany them on their journey to becoming
an innovative, confident and creative theater performer, who will make significant contributions to
the landscape of contemporary theater and culture.

Slovakia

The Academy of Performing Arts   with its 1050 students is the largest artistic educational institution in the Slovak Republic. Students can enhance their talents and skills in theatre, film, music, and dance undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Academy´s objective is to offer deep understanding of the European cultural context as well as the specific qualities of Slovak art and culture. VŠMU graduates have become leading personalities in Slovak cultural life. The curriculum is constantly reviewed, the teachers of the Academy are involved in basic and applied research projects. Leading professionals teach at the Academy, the study programmes are regularly updated to meet the latest standards in the profession. Theatre and dance performances, film screenings, concerts of students and teachers are open to the general public. School public activities form an integral part of Slovak culture.

Slovenia

The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television has been a member of the University of Ljubljana since 1975.

It was in 1945, when the National Government of Slovenia founded Academy of Drama Arts by its decree. This was the first higher education institution of theatre training in former Yugoslavia. It began to operate in March 1946. In 1949 it was moved from its premises at Štefanova ulica in Ljubljana to three floors of a nationalised monastery at 3, Nazorjeva ulica (basement, ground floor and a section of the 1st floor).

In 1963, however, The Academy of Drama Arts was renamed to become the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. It operated as an independent, rector-led higher education institution until 1975.

The needs of audio-visual media called for an expansion of the Academy’s curriculum from theatre to other related, and yet independent fields. In the early years these consisted mainly of film and radio, and later on television studies. The Academy gradually established a vibrant production of student films, as well as radio and television shows.

UL AGRFT is the only higher education institution in Slovenia offering university-level training for professions in theatre, film, radio and television. In 2014, the bulk of the

Academy’s activities were moved to its new premises at Trubarjeva cesta. For the first time since its foundation, persistent efforts made by the Academy’s direction to solve the issue of its premises were partially met. Today, the Academy implements teaching process at rented premises at Nazorjeva ulica, Trubarjeva cesta and Kvedrova ulica, as well as in rented production spaces in public and private theatre houses. The Academy’s efforts regarding the issue of its premises remain directed towards ensuring a suitable and permanent solution.

The Academy is committed to remain a leading and preeminent educational institution in the fields of theatre, radio, film and television by following the most innovative contemporary guidelines in art and to convey to its students the finest of what past experiences have to offer. The Academy has consolidated its position in theatre and film studies in Slovenia as well as internationally, and enriched many areas in creative and scientific output in Slovenia and abroad.

Italy

ACCADEMIA TEATRALE DI ROMA “Sofiia Amendolea” was born by the international
projects of ROMATEATROFESTIVAL (International Festival of Theatre Formation
– with the High Patronage of U.N.E.S.C.O. and the Silver Medal of the President of
Italian Republic) The main purpose is to educate European Actors, for this reason
the Accademia Hills its didactics with international activities performances and
workshops and promotes international students and teachers exchanges.

Warsaw

By international standards, The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art is a small theater school (4 faculties, almost 400 students), located in the capital city. At the same time, it is the only national theater university educating also in the field of film and television in Warsaw. One can therefore say that it is the central theater academy in the country. Due to its intimacy, it retains the character of a prestigious college. Thanks to the state’s support and close relations with leading cultural institutions (including the National Theater, Z. Raszewski Theater Institute), it fulfills an educational mission in the field of training actors, directors, theater scientist and puppeteers who are to constitute the country’s artistic and scientific elite.

The Theatre Academy develops and publish publications, organizes conferences, symposia, open days and meetings with important for Polish culture personas.

The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw is also the main organizer of the ITSelF International Theater Schools Festival and The International Puppetry Festival in Białystok, which are the most important artistic events organized  on the international scale. All of the above mentioned projects provide opportunities for students’ and professors’ exchanges.

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