We believe in a theatre which deals with issues of relevance to society, and one that does not lose its primeval power, but intensifies it, even and especially when undergoing this process of formal renewal: a process of defining the individual in relation to his or her environment. In contemporary theatre, this process is carried out using performative means to a greater extent than was previously the case, which also fundamentally changes the career profile of actors and actresses. Merely interpreting role characters through physical embodiment is something that is happening less and less frequently. More and more often, actors enter into a charged relationship with the role in which their own being-in-the-world manifests itself. In a theatre that is becoming increasingly detached from literary texts, which emphasises the rehearsal process and prescribes itself collective working methods, actors and actresses are also integrated into the process of developing material, themes and forms of presentation, drawing up concepts and producing texts.
Any acting course has to take these developments into account. The aim for the future, therefore, is to enhance students’ own responsibility in the artistic sense and to acquaint them with the two major new developments in theatre: the co-authorship of actors and actresses, and performative-theatrical processes.
The course in Acting is part of the cooperation between the Theaterakademie August Everding and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. The course takes place on the premises of the Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.