Construction of the new theatre, the theatre of the future, can only be done on a solid base of knowledge of the theory of theatre and by applying theatre history.

This Master program has been designed specifically for international students, primarily from the Scandinaviаn countries. Students are assumed to have a Bachelors degree in theatre or another humanitarian program. The aim of this program is to study the progress and development of the modern theatre art, which gives the artist knowledge about the achievements of the Russian classical theatre school.

The duration of the program is four semesters (two academic years), with 2 on-site sessions per year, each session being 3 weeks. Outside of the sessions, studies are carried out online. Students work with prof. A. Nordström during the whole period of education.

During the first academic year students learn to understand the principles of the Method of Active Analysis and the etude form of rehearsing based on the ideas of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Michael Chekhov and also the practice of Russian directors of the second half of XX century such as Lubimov, Tovstonogov and Efros.

During second year of education students will learn how the methodologies of Russian theatre art of XX century coexist with modern forms of conceptual art and reciprocally enrich each other as well as expand their scope thanks to modern interactive expressive means and tools.

Training in practical disciplines is complemented by advanced study of cultural and theoretical disciplines taught by teachers of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. The Master’s degree requires a Master’s dissertation to be written in the final (fourth) semester, the dissertation is to methodologically expand upon one of the aspects of theatre creating process.

The principal study languages are Swedish and English. The program also includes studies of the Russian languages and Russian culture.

Admission auditions are held in St.Petersburg in early September, 2019
Start of studies in September, 2019
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Summer school in modern Russian method of acting
Three weeks at St.Petersburg State Institute of Performing Arts
June 24 to July 13, 2019
In English

3 credits in acting + 1 credit in art history
132 contact hours

The aim of this program is overcoming superficial reading of Stanislavsky and training of participants on the basis of fresh in-depth study of his method:

Overcoming consideration of “efficacy/activity” as the basic element of acting…

Priority of sensations instead of priority of actions…“Etude”-being as the ideal of the process and as the result of improvised creation…

Change of focus from the generally known manual Actor Prepares to the early discoveries by Stanislavsky (“affective memory”), and to his latest achievements in teaching (spontaneity and improvisation)…

Forgotten, censored and underestimated development of the Method: American branch (Lee Strasberg), outstanding  disciple and rival of Stanislavsky Nikolai Demidov…

Refusal of “rationalistic” system and turn to life Stanislavsky in his last five years…Clear subdivision of different kinds of creation – of an actor, of a director, joint creation…

In the class of art history the participants will get contextual knowledge of methodology of Russian artistic culture in several epochs:

“Golden Age”, “Silver Age”, revolution, avant-garde, futurism, Soviet times, perestroika…


Three visits to theatres and three visits to art museums in Saint Petersburg are included in the program.
Head of the teaching team: professor Veniamin Filshtinsky.
All classes at the Summer school are taught by own professional faculty of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts.
Tuition fee (for applications prior to March 15):    1,200
Suggested and arranged accommodation in affiliated dormitory for  380 per person per the period of the school (not included in tuition fee).
Invitation for cultural exchange type of entry visa is provided if necessary.

Suggested arrival:  June 22/23.
Start of classes: June 24.
Classes are held 6 days per week, 7 academic hours a day
Last day of classes, presentation of etudes (scenes): July 13.
You are eligible to apply if you are (or were) a student at theatre program.
Certificate of professional training at St.Petersburg State Institute of Performing Arts is issued for successful graduation of the program.

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