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  • Locations: Bonn, Germany; Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Applicability: All Financial Aid (Institutional, Federal and State)
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Option(s): Host Family/ Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: LMU Credit & Grades
Faculty Program Director: Diane Benedict Faculty Program Director Email:
Study Abroad Advisor: Lisa Reid Click here for a definition of this term Program Meeting Required: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: European Studies, Theater
Program Description:
Bonn, Germany - Theater
Bonn-MoscowThe 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 Akademie für 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 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 MBA students for over 25 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:Bonn panorama

Select one of the following:
EURO 1181 / 1182 Elementary German I or II
AIB Faculty
4 units
EURO 2283 Intermediate German
AIB Faculty
4 units
Theatre Arts Studies:

Select five to eight of the following:
THEA 250 / THEA 450 Theatre Practicum: Crew - Required
Neno Pervan
0-3 units
THEA 351 Theatre Performance Practicum: Acting - Required
Skaska Thylmann
0-3 units

THEA 370 Directing for the Stage - Optional
Stefan Hermann
3 units
THEA 498.1 Stanislavski System Method - Required
Master teachers at the Moscow Art Theatre School
3 units
THEA 498.2 Brecht's Political Epic Theatre - Required
Holger Teschke
3 units

THEA 498.3 Advanced European Movement Techniques - Required
Marcus Violette
3 units
THEA 435 Balkan Spirit in Drama - Optional
Neno Pervan
3 units
THEA 490 Senior Thesis - Optional
Neno Pervan
3 units

NOTE: Classes are subject to change from year to year.

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.


At AIB, they know that the student life is just as important as the academics in creating a successful study abroad experience. They do everything they can to ensure that students have a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable stay in Bonn, Berlin, and Moscow. Bonn is a college town with a low crime rate and a vibrant local student community (home to over 35,000 students from all over the world), so there is always plenty to do.The richness of music, culture, science, business and nature as well as its location at the Rhine River make Bonn a hidden gem and a unique city in the heart of Europe. Host families help the students adjust and integrate into the local community, along with AIB's German student workers, who organize recreational events and activities for the students.
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.


A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. If accepted to a study abroad program, you may be required to apply for, pay, and secure a student visa prior to departure. Visa application processes vary based on student nationality, length of stay, and program location. You must start researching this process right away to see if your program requires a visa. For U.S. citizens, your research can start here through the U.S. Department of State.

For U.S. Passport Holders: AIB will assist students with obtaining their German visa/residency permit upon arrival in Germany. AIB will also assist with obtaining the Russian visa.

For Non-U.S. Passport Holders: You are required to research the German visa process and obtain your visa prior to your departure for the program. It is recommended students apply for their visa at the Los Angeles consulate.
If you are accepted into a program and will require a visa, you are responsible for obtaining the visa well before the program start date.

Spring Program Costs: (click here)

This program is currently not accepting applications.