Teaching Professional Theatre Practice 2015-2016

International Master Course – Teaching Professional Theatre Practice 

with sessions at AKT-ZENT International Theatre Centre Berlin, Germany; Estonian Academy  of Music & Theatre Tallinn, Estonia.

The first International Master Course in Teaching Professional Theatre Practice is a response to a recognised need across all fields of professional theatre for postgraduate study that focuses on the methodological and pedagogical training of theatre teachers to teach acting and directing in academies and universities.

Why do we need a specific education for acting/directing teachers?

The situation theatre finds itself in today needs new attempts, ideas and forms of training. Teachers of today have to teach the theatre of tomorrow. But what does it look like? We cannot teach what we do not know. Therefore we must teach our students as researchers, creators and innovators.

Which cultural context will be the fundament for teaching?

Theatre is not any more restricted to language boarders and national culture.  We need to develop the actor as open system – skillfully prepared with new teaching methods – to accept theatre of all world cultures. The aim is the highly educated “multi-faceted actor” with flexibility of body, mind and emotional intelligence.

Which kind of skills and knowledge the new educators shall acquire?

The teacher-students will enter a new model of education and training. Students of this course shall not perpetuate existing schools and models but create new ones:

New theatre education needs a Change of Mindset with new attempts, ideas and forms of pedagogy. It cannot anymore passing on knowledge only; it is cultural research, exchange and innovation of tools. As the new century calls for a creative individual, the pedagogy must move from knowledge driven principles towards collaborative creation and exploration.

The Dialogue Principle is the key to the artistic concept of the Programme. Giving, opening, and acquiring knowledge is not a one-way-street. The Programme’s philosophy and basic condition is the co-existence of all subjects involved in the educational process.

Multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approaches and thinking needs a Spherical Education. The Programme introduces the concept of World Theatre as one common sphere of knowledge. The spherical principle incorporates theories and research of scientists and scholars on contemporary models of the human being, society and the universe.

Training as method will be introduced as an all-compassing tool of education and creation, which has been specially developed for multicultural processes.

World Theatre Training includes the research, development and exchange of working methods amongst the participating artists enriching each other.

Ethics imparts superior meaning to the vocation of a teacher of the theatre. Ethics is the source and the goal of the Programme, its energy and its law.

The overall aim to create a programme for training professional theatre is the enhancement of a profession, which means representing the roots of the art as well as leading the avant-garde of thoughts and methods.

The programme Teaching Professional Theatre Practice was created by Prof. Dr. Jurij Alschitz during practical application with his team of teachers.

Programme Information

This international course of studies in Teaching Professional Theatre Practice has been designed as an experimental programme for theatre professionals who intend to teach in theatre schools, academies, and universities and/or incorporate training and a pedagogical approach in their practice of theatre production.

As a pedagogical programme it includes the research of new approaches in teaching and creation. Students and teachers investigate new relationship and the principles of creativity. By the end students shall be able to take the leading position in artistic creation and formulate their own “school” or innovative methodological approach.

Application and Admission

Entry qualification typically requires candidates to possess a good first degree (B.A.) in a related discipline and speak sufficient English to follow the classes.

Candidates will be required to attend a selection seminar or interview with the artistic director before acceptance onto the programme.