International Summer School on Theatre in Social Context

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22 August - 5 September 2021
Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

There has been an increased focus on social and political issues in theatrical creation. Archa Theatre promotes artistic practices that have the courage to examine topical issues expressed in a specific theatrical language. The International Summer School is a platform for experimentation and investigation in the field of contemporary theatre. The program promises students to get acquainted with theatre in social context with the help of Archa Theatre’s artistic vision and theatrical tools.
Working language of the school is English / Czech.

Download the brochure of the 2021 edition here.


Aim of the school

The Archa Theatre's summer school promotes individual and collective discoveries in theatrical creation, and helps participants find their own voice in their creative processes. The summer school is a platform for reflection on and communication of experience, knowledge and ideas in the field of documentary and social-specific theatre. We strive to achieve new ways of thinking by creating open formats of interaction between participants.

Main ateliers

• The Viewpoints technique and textual sources of documentary theatre, by Jana Svobodova
• Light as a space for action, by Pavel Kotlik
• Sound design for stage, by Ladislav Sterba & Jan Sedlacek

Complementary atelier

• Finding your textual material, by Lise Grimelund-Kjelsen

Exclusive presentations

Lola Arias: Re-enacting life
Robert Palmer: The impact of Covid on arts practice worldwide
Henk Keizer: Processes of creating site- and social-specific art
Pieter De Buysser: Why the oak tree doesn’t write
Ondřej Hrab: Theatre and sociology, Historical roots of social-specific theatre

In the second half of the summer school, participants will work in creative groups to produce a short performance that they will present at Archa Theatre, using the skills they will acquire in the ateliers. During this creative process, the participants will have the chance to consult the instructors and use Archa Theatre’s advanced theatrical tools.

How to apply?

Please submit a motivation letter and a CV with a photo to the e-mail address stated below. You can also include visual materials showing your work to date.

Applicants are encouraged to state their interest in participation until 20 June 2021.
Applicants must complete their application until 4 July 2021.
Tuition fee: 400€
In exceptional cases, participants can request discount on the tuition.

Supported by the peoples of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.