The Devising and Physical Theatre Program is designed as an intensive training program in which students are exposed to various techniques and creative approaches to physical performance and collaborative theatre-making. Students work with prominent artists in a mentoring approach who provide a demanding practice that challenges perspectives and encourages students to take responsibility for their creative choices. With a primary emphasis on training the expressive body and voice, the program introduces and prepares students for the rigors of physical performance and extends their aesthetic possibilities through training in various styles and forms. Further, studio classes provide students the space to discover and develop their individual potential, creative sense and artistic interests.
In students’ academic classes, Fast and Furious: Social Change and the Avant Garde grounds students in both historical and current social realities, providing the contextual tools to reflect and articulate their performance practice, while Italian Language and local guest artist classes provided in the city center of Arezzo connect students to Italian culture.
The semester experience is enhanced by two excursions to vibrant Italian cities where students are immersed in art and European performance through lectures, performances and intensive workshops. Beyond studio work and academic classes, students experiment with ways in which artists create community while in residence at the inspiring, supportive and intimate Villa Godiola, located in the Tuscan hills overlooking the ancient city of Arezzo.