The Devising and Physical Theatre Program is designed as an intensive training in which students are exposed to various techniques and creative approaches to theatre making. Students have the opportunity to work with prominent artists in a mentoring approach who provide a demanding physical practice that challenge perspectives and encourage students to take responsibility for their creative choices. With an emphasis on training the expressive body and voice the program seeks to help students to extend aesthetic possibilities within the actor-creator through various mediums.
Collaborative and studio work give students the space to discover and develop their individual potential, creative sense and artistic interests. Art History: The Avant Garde and Beyond, grounds the students in both historical and current social realities providing the contextual tools to reflect and articulate through their performance practice. While Italian Language and local guest artist classes provided in the city center connect students to Italian cultural actualities. The semester experience is enhanced by the study trip, currently to Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they are immersed in contemporary European performance trends through lectures, performances and an intensive workshop with various performing artists. Beyond studio and academic work, students experiment with the ways in which artists create communities in a fertile, supportive and intimate setting at the idyllic Villa Godiola located in the Tuscan hills outside of the ancient town of Arezzo.