Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Germany


The Ernst Busch University of Performing Arts is looking back over more than a century long history. In 1905 the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Deutsche Theater, Max Reinhardt, founded the first ever German Acting Conservatoire. In doing so, he affiliated his theatre with the leading teaching institution for future generations of artists. This relationship continued up until 1951, when the school became an independent college.


In its current form the Ernst Busch University of Performing Arts was established in 1951 as the State Drama School Berlin with the rank of a technical college and today trains in seven departments: acting, directing, dramaturgy, puppetry, Spiel & Objekt, choreography and stage dance. The focus of the training is on the personality of every student, from the first to the last day of study. The imparting of skills and knowledge at the highest level by teachers, who for the most part work in theater practice themselves, is one of the main pillars of the training concept. It is part of the tradition of the four-year drama course to organize lessons in small working groups as scene studies with as many and different teachers as possible. In addition to the full-time educators, actors, directors and dramaturgists work with the students and thus ensure that they are oriented towards their future profession in good time.


In particular, the lessons are based on the findings and results of the theater work by Konstantin Stanislawski and Bertolt Brecht, whose acting-methodological approaches are differentiated and applied in a variety of ways. In acting lessons, the students should experience the work by themselves, on the role and in the ensemble.

The scene studies, project work and studio productions developed during the course are shown on the university's studio stages and in the BAT studio theater. The studio productions, which are accessible to the public, are visible evidence of the sound training and artistic effectiveness of a collective self-image in theater work. In addition, the students work on free projects and at different theaters.

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