Theaterakademie August Everding
The Bayerische Theaterakademie was founded in 1993 and is financed by the Ministry of Arts and Sciences. The study programmes it offers are organised in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film.
It currently offers eight study programmes with different speacializations: acting, directing, opera singing, musical theatre, set and costume design, dramaturgy, make-up and art musical. The course confers university degrees and students can graduate at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level.
About 220 students, all between 16 and 29 years old, enroll each year. The programme is interdisciplinary and closely combines theory and practical training. Together with renowned professional artists and teachers, students participate in more than 40 productions each year, of which 20 are open to the public. Altogether there are more than 100 performances on the three professionally equipped stages of the Prinzregententheater, an architectural landmark, built between 1900 and 1901 by the architect Max Littmann. With its amphitheatre auditorium, it seats up to 1070 people.
The Bavarian Theatre Academy is unique in its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to teaching. No other institution of its kind in Germany can boast such a variety of courses and such state-of-the art facilities or provide such performance opportunities.
A recent article published in the renowned German weekly Die Zeit praised it in the following terms: ‘What makes the Bavarian Theatre Academy so special is the variety of courses it offers and the way they are interrelated both with regard to place and content.’ The Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: ‘Academy President Prof. Klaus Zehelein considers that the holistic approach to teaching and learning, which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of theatre,insofar as it is a the creative collaboration of the arts and the artists (in an aesthetic collective process), is the key aspect of art education at the Academy.’