The Theatre Arts Program offers a combination of courses that focus on acting styles in the European context, and the more conceptual deconstructionist post-modern European design styles. This program is operated in association with the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT), and is open to all theatre majors and minors. Taught by European theatre experts and LMU faculty in the LMU tradition, students will benefit from a conservatory style course format, which includes in-depth theoretical and intense practical approaches to Stanislavski acting methods and Brechtian Epic Theatre techniques. LMU Theatre Arts students begin their studies in Bonn at the Akadernie fur lnternationale Bildung and then travel to Russia to study with the master acting teachers at the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre. Students then return to Germany to begin rehearsals for a full production staged at a professional theatre in Bonn. Students may earn 15-18 units of course work, or 24 units with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and will participate in a Russian and German language and culture class, which will help them gain an understanding of these diverse societies.
NOTE: A separate application and audition process through Theatre Arts precedes the online application process. Please contact Program Director Diane Benedict for more information.
Bonn, Berlin and Moscow are the perfect cities for the study of theatre arts. Bonn, home of the University of Bonn, and situated directly on the Rhine River, offers a variety of theaters such as the Schauspielhaus, the Lampenlager, Theater in Ballsaal or the Bonn Opera House, where one can experience drama, comedy and musicals year round.
Berlin is an ideal city to explore the modern, diverse culture of a vibrant metropolis and capital of Germany, and to experience cutting-edge deconstructionist theatre while training in the epic style of Bertholt Brecht. Moscow is the quintessential city for artists of the theatre. Birthplace of Stanislavski and Anton Chekhov, students will discover the rich and passionate culture of Russia, visit such notable sites as the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Square, the Kremlin, and Gorky Park, while developing and training in the acting methods and system developed by Stanislavski and to walk the halls where Anton Chekhov premiered his famous plays.
THE ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
The Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) is an independent, non-profit educational organization based in Bonn. LMU and the AIB have been partners in providing high-quality study abroad programs for undergraduate and business students for over 20 years. AIB manages all of the onsite logistical details of the program: matching students with host families, coordinating schedules and classroom spaces, planning and leading educational excursions, organizing cultural activities and extra-curricular programming, and offering advice and support during your stay. For more information on the AIB, including videos and photos, please click here
German Language Courses:
Select one of the following:
EURO 1181 / 1182 Elementary German I or II
EURO 2283 Intermediate German
Theatre Arts Studies:
Select five to eight of the following:
THEA 250 / THEA 450 Theatre Practicum: Crew - Required
THEA 351 Theatre Performance Practicum: Acting - Required
THEA 370 Directing for the Stage - Optional
THEA 498.1 Stanislavski System Method - Required
Master teachers at the Moscow Art Theatre School
THEA 498.2 Brecht's Political Epic Theatre - Required
THEA 498.3 Advanced European Movement Techniques - Required
THEA 435 Balkan Spirit in Drama - Optional
THEA 490 Senior Thesis - Optional
NOTE: Classes are subject to change from year to year.
HOUSING AND MEALS
All students have the opportunity to experience German culture firsthand by living with a German host family. We believe these homestays to be the best way for students to immerse themselves into the new German cultural environment. Your host family will also be delighted to help you practice your German! The program fee includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner with the host family, and a public transportation pass for the Bonn region. The families who participate in the Theatre Arts Program have a long history of welcoming students into their homes. Many students say that living with their host family was one of the highlights of the program. During excursions with overnight stays, two meals will be covered through food stipends or group meals. Accommodations in Moscow will be at the recently renovated dorms near the Moscow Art Theatre, where MFA Harvard acting students and Russian acting students also stay.
In Bonn, participate in daylong excursions to medieval cities along the Rhine that coincide with specific theatre performances. While in Moscow, students will study with master acting teachers at the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre School, home of Stanislavski and Chekhov, attend performances at numerous Moscow theatres, and take excursions around Moscow, such as to the Red Square, the Kremlin and Lenin's Tomb. Students will also visit Berlin, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a rich history. While there, students will visit Checkpoint Charlie, as well as the site of a former concentration camp, the new Holocaust Memorial and attend performances at major Berlin theaters.
All excursions included as part of the program are mandatory for program participants.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Spring Program Costs: (click here)