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Bachelor of Arts in Physical Theatre

The theatre academy Scuola Teatro Dimitri offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program based in Physical Theatre. Within the studies of physical theatre the main focus is on the human body as a means of theatrical expression. The different disciplines taught on a high level enable the graduating students to work in various fields within the theatre world.

Main classes taught are: pantomime, physical theatre and non-verbal acting, theatrical improvisation, acrobatics, dance, rhythm, voice, history and theory of theatre. Renowned guest teachers are regularly invited for workshops in Commedia dell’Arte, clowning, slapstick and various forms of dance. Creating various productions on a professional level and organizing shows, as well as going on tour, the STD prepares its students in real-world conditions for a life in the theatre.

The BA course lasts 6 semesters and finishes with a “Bachelor of Arts in Theatre”. In order to be admitted to auditions for the BA program, candidates must pass a 4-hour preliminary exam. After passing the preliminary exam candidates must participate in a three day exam which includes individual presentations by each applicant. Also required: age between 18 and 26 years old, high school or vocational maturity (or equivalent diploma), or extraordinary artistic talent.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater – Admission procedure 2014

Age range: between 18 and 26
School-leaving qualification and/or an outstanding artistic talent

For more information: or [email protected]
Bachelor Assistant phone number : +41 (0)91 796 24 17

For full admission to the Bachelor’s degree program, applicants go through the following process
– Preliminary exam
– Entrance exam
– Trial period

Preliminary examination
Before taking the entrance examination, an applicant must first sit a practical preliminary examination
Candidates from overseas have take the preliminary exam at Verscio 2 days before the admission exam

Dates for the preliminary examinations 2013/14

Stuttgart, Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 14.00 to 18.00
Probebühne der Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst
Urbanstrasse 25
D – 70182 Stuttgart

Berlin, Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 13.00 to 17.00
TanzWerkstatt Berlin
Klosterstrasse 68
D – 10179 Berlin

Bern, Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 13.00 to 17.00
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Zikadenweg 35
CH – 3007 Bern

Milan, Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 12.00 to 16.00
Teatro Arsenale
Via Cesare Correnti 11
I – 20123 Milano

Verscio, Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 13.00 to 17.00
Scuola Teatro Dimitri (SUPSI)
Stradon 28
CH-6653 Verscio

In order to be registered to the preliminary examination, a curriculum vitae (with foto) has to be sent by mail or e-mail: [email protected]
The examination fee of CHF 30.-/€ 20.- is payable by bank transfer or cash on the spot.
Banca Raiffeisen, Centovalli, CH 6653 Verscio
Associazione Scuola Teatro Dimitri
Account number: 21716.20
Bank sort code: 80281
IBAN: CH91 8028 1000 0021 7162 0

Admission exam
Candidates who passed the preliminary exam, are admitted to the admission exam.
The admission exam is held in May and lasts three days, May 19-21, 2014.
It is organized as follows: two days of tests in the basic disciplines and one day of individual 3.5-minute auditions. Successful candidates may take up their places at the School in the same year (early September).

Intensive Italian course
18.8.-30.8.2014. Students of Italian language or with A2 level are exempt.

Trial period
The trial period lasts 9 weeks (September 15 – November 15, 2014). At the end of this period, a decision is taken as to the candidate’s final admission. After the trial period, 50% of students normally stay on to continue their studies.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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