Theaterjahr


The Theaterjahr is a one-year training program in acting for people from 16 years of age. Newcomers to the yearly training course take part in the full program: weekly group sessions on Monday evenings, a weekly individual lesson, and Saturday workshops in order to acquire basic acting skills. Participants who have absolved the basic course and are returning to the program in order to work toward a professional standard can continue to take part in the Monday evening group sessions year for year. This concept, - not unlike the Actors Studio - promotes the collaboration and exchange between actors with varying levels of craftsmanship. In this way, beginners profit from observational learning, and the more experienced participant can deepen their knowledge of the basic elements of their craft

Who is this program for?

Since we conceive of acting as a craft that - aside from knowledge - requires above all constant practice and perseverance, it is irrelevant whether the applicant begins participation as an amateur, or semiprofessional. A professional attitude alone is what counts. In other words, we expect regular and active participation in all work sessions, independent practice and preparation, a capacity for critical self-reflection and the ability to take personal responsibility of one’s own learning process.

Training structures

While working on scenes central aspects of the craft are introduced, such as role analysis and development, moving in the stage space, ensemble playing, as well as self-management.
Different historical concepts of theater, representative playwrights and corresponding acting styles are presented and explored.
The single training session focuses on individual stage skills such as speech, body movement and role development.
15-20 plays and/or scenes from the works of international playwrights ranging from the classic Greek dramatists to contemporary authors, the ideas of various theorists such as Aristotle, Stanislavski, or Grotowski, theoretical scripts, specialized literature about voice and speaking
The amount of time required to acquire a certain skill is entirely individual. Participants have to be able to practice on a daily basis, but at least a minimum of 4-5 times per week for about one hour. Efficient practicing is taught in training.
Participants can apply for and/or be invited to do an internship in the preparation of a Les Arts Scéniques professional production (i.e. rehearsals, transport, setting the stage, ticket sales, advertising etc.).

Dates

Monday Evenings
18:30 - 21:30

Saturday Workshops
Between 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
on the following dates:
March 10, 2018
April 21, 2018
June 2, 2018
September 1, 2018
October 27, 2018
Individual sessions
One 50-minute session weekly
on Fridays

No training will be scheduled on the following dates
February 10 - 25, 2018
March 24 - April 8, 2018
May 21, 2018
June 30 - August 26, 2018
September 29 - October 14, 2018

Qualification

Participants
  • are at least 16 years old.
    (Participation under the age of 18 requires written parental consent.)
    There is otherwise no age limit.
  • are physically as well as psychologically in good health.
  • have the time to practice independently for circa 1-2 hours daily.
  • can take initiative independently and are perseverant.
  • have done the personal interview.

Interview



The interview enables us to get to know each prospective participant, and assess whether he or she is eligible for the training program.

Each applicant presents a monologue lasting 1-2 minutes (or a poem or brief text).

There is no charge for the interview.

The next interview is scheduled on Saturday, 16 December, 2017.