• International

    Namibia Initiative

    The initiative, funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, enabled two directing students from the ADK to spend time in Windhoek/Namibia in the summer semester of 2022. There they developed a participatory project in collaboration with students from the College of Arts.
    with students from the College of Arts (COTA) and a freelance performer and musician. With this project, the ADK, together with the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, continued the expansion of international offers within the framework of a bilateral student exchange in the fields of theatre, film and media with Namibia. The aim is to give young creative people from both countries access to the reality of life on site and to current social issues and to sharpen their narrative and technical skills.

    In return, ADK was able to use this funding in 2023 to enable three acting students from COTA to stay in Ludwigsburg to continue and complete the projects started in Namibia with the two directing students. After Windhoek, Ludwigsburg and Munich, the last part of a three-part performance was staged in Stuttgart in July.

    • International


    European Cooperation Project

    The ACADEMIX partnership of five European institutions – the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich, the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg and the Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza in Warsaw – aims to deepen the exchange within the E:UTSA network (Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies).

    Fifteen young artists (“pilot team”) from the fields of acting, directing and dramaturgy met for one-week rehearsal phases in Paris, Ludwigsburg, Barcelona (for the Oui! Festival) and Warsaw from 2022-2023, as well as for a final rehearsal phase for the final presentations in Paris. Together, they explored the dramaturgical challenges of a multilingual production and theatrical tools such as body language, non-verbal communication, language crossings, dramaturgy and stage design, sound environment, scenographic choices, etc.

    The work of the pilot team resulted in three productions presented in the framework of this KOSMOTEATRO project. KOSMOTEATRO is the impetus for a future festival of young European creation in Paris that will strengthen exchanges between European schools, teachers and students. The aim is to promote the engagement of artists on a European level and to create a common space for collaboration and creativity. The aim is and has been to test multilingual artistic forms and to use the diversity of themes and forms for different, also complementary approaches to multilingual creation.
    In addition to the meetings of the pilot team, transnational discussions between programme leaders and directors of the partner schools as well as invited professionals facilitated the exchange on further topics: on professional integration, multilingualism, on linguistic diversity and European theatre heritage as well as on ongoing personal projects of the students.



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    • Aktuell

    Ludger Engels will be the new director of the ADK from 1 April 2022

    Ludger Engels will take over as director of the Academy for the Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg (ADK) from 1 April 2022.

    “I am very pleased that with Ludger Engels we were able to find the right person to head the ADK. Professor Engels has extensive theatre directing experience and is already very familiar with the Academy as the head of the programme for many years. With his concept for the future orientation and further development of the ADK, he has convinced the Supervisory Board of himself and his ideas,” said State Secretary for the Arts Petra Olschowski on Thursday (31 March) in Stuttgart.
    To the press release of the Ministry here.

    Vita (german) here.

    Ludger Engels was chief director and deputy artistic director at Theater Aachen from 2005 to 2013. In addition to his opera and theatre productions, the director and musician became internationally known for his interdisciplinary and cross-space projects. He has created productions, projects and installations for theatres and opera houses, festivals and museums in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, the USA, Australia and South Korea, among other countries.

    Ludger Engels is currently directing the German premiere of “Alzheim”, a musical theatre in 50 pictures by Xavier Dayer at the Staatstheater Cottbus (premiere 08.04.2022).

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    • Festivals

    SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER Festival, Brno
    »antigone. a requiem« by Thomas Köck

    On 29 and 30 March, the ADK will present the workshop production of the 3rd year of drama under the direction of Damiàn Dlaboha now in Brno (SZ). 

    • International

    2021 European Citizens’ Prize for FreeSZFE’s “Emergency Exit”

    First Hungarian dramaturgy students graduatet from ADK....

    The European Parliament awarded its 2021 European Citizens’ Prize to FreeSZFE’s “Emergency Exit” initiative for saving the diplomas of students. The program allows approximately 150 students an accredited European completion of their studies after the forced takeover of the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) by a government-adjacent foundation. The program is a cooperative venture between five European universities and FreeSZFE, an association of former students and lecturers at SZFE.

    In fall 2021 eigtht Hungarian dramaturgy students graduatet from the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg (ADK) in Ludwigsburgs.

    In addition to the ADK, the universities cooperating with FreeSZFE are the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Warsaw University of Theatre Arts and its puppetry faculty in Bialystok, and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland.
    The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg has developed a project to support and promote the films of the graduates. The Goethe Institute’s Hungarian branch is likewise supporting the exchange. It is the E:UTSA’s first large-scale cooperative project under the leadership of the ADK and the Mozarteum that seeks to use the international network to promote a modern education within a European framework.

    • Aktuell

    E:UTSA cooperates with FreeSZFE and
    enables students from Budapest to graduate

    The European network E:UTSA, which includes a total of 19 theater academies and universities, cooperates with Budapest students and professors of FreeSZFE and enables students to graduate. Since November 2020, the students could not enter the university and had no possibility to continue and finish their studies under the conditions of commencement. In addition to the ADK, the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the Warsaw University of Theatre Arts and its Puppetry Faculty in Bialystok, and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland cooperate with FreeSZFE. The Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg has developed a project to support and promote films made by the graduates. The Hungarian Goethe-Institut supports the exchange.

    Press release FreeSZFE here

    It is the first major cooperation project of E-UTSA under the leadership of ADK and Mozarteum, which is part of the international network’s efforts to foster contemporary education in performing arts and stage design in an European framework. The basic idea is the assumption that students have different cultural backgrounds and different languages but that these differences are a primary source of creation and creativity. The post-national diversity of Europe serves as a starting point for cooperation projects that enable exchange and networking in teaching and for students in a sustainable way. The cooperation with FreeSZFE is the first major cooperation project.

    The goal of the international network’s efforts is to develop a contemporary and innovative program that is not based on the usual national understanding of performing arts (still mostly based on the tradition of national languages), but sets off from a multilingual approach and from differing theatre traditions, conceiving theatre education explicitly from the point of view of transcultural and international theater making.

    Mehr Infos

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    • News

    Schauspielschultreffen 2022 | ADK

    The ADK is thrilled to become the 2022 host of the annual Bundeswettbewerb zur Förderung des deutschsprachigen Schauspielnachwuchses (Federal competition for the advancement of German-speaking trainee actors), colloquially known as Schauspielschultreffen.

    The gathering in Ludwigsburg is organized by the SKS (Ständige Schauspielkonferenz, permanent acting conference) and Hamburg’s European Theatre Academy “Konrad Ekhof” and financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2022, for the first time, the gathering will follow a new program concept adapted to the changing demands of the performing arts.

    In addition to large-scale productions, this will include the presentation of smaller works showcasing the theater’s variety in interdisciplinary and new formats and experiments. This places the discourse on the future of theater and theater creation at the very center of this conference of German-speaking students and teachers in the acting world.

    Being able to hold such a festival in Baden-Württemberg, with its reputation for innovation and culture, sends a powerful message of the ADK’s interdisciplinary and innovative nature and future in this fifteenth year of the Academy’s existence.

    Significant contributions to the financing of the Ludwigsburg gathering come through the support of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Art, the city of Ludwigsburg, the Wüstenrot Foundation, the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Bildung, the Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg bank and the Baden-Württemberg state chapter of the Deutscher Bühnenverein (German Stage Association).

    The gathering has also been made possible by cooperation with the Film Academy and the Karlskaserne Cultural Center, which cooperation creates open spaces and a field in which approximately 300 acting students from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland can come together in creative encounter and dialogue.

    • International

    ERASMUS Charter for higher Education (ECHE) 2021-2027 

    The European Commission awarded the ERASMUS Charter for higher Education (ECHE) 2021-2027  to the ADK. Further Information here

    • Information

    Please note that some of the News are available in German only

    • News

    Campus Magazine 2021 | 22

    You can find our current schedule of public events as well as our campus magazine, here.
    For the Campus Magazine only click here

    You can find a chronological listing of our events in the calendar (by clicking on the green “C” at right) under the header “Programme” or by clicking the images above.

    The course catalogs can be found on individual program listings, und the header Study Information in German. These course catalogs are the basis both of planning the course of study, as well as of collecting the required credits for graduation.

    • News

    FURORE 2020 | THE VOID | Digital Festival Edition

    Dear friends of FURORE,

    the FURORE team warmly invites you to this year’s digital edition of FURORE!  We are happy to welcome you on our Website, Facebook und Instagram on July 24th from 11 a.m., where we will present short digital statements from the invited artists from Argentina, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland.

    After THE VOID, the theme of this year’s festival, became a global reality in a matter of weeks, we decided not to make any attempt at simply digitalizing the program of an analog theater festival. Instead, we wanted to use the resulting gap to pause and reflect on new paths and forms of our art. We invited all artists whose work was to be shown during the festival to participate in a new format, SCREAMING INTO THE VOID. What resulted were 8 brief digital statements engaging with the current VOID, the initially submitted projects, and the possibilities of making theater digitally. On July 24, from 11 a.m. we will publish one of these contributions every hour—both on our website and social media channels. You can see the full program here.

    Based on these contributions, we would also like to invite you to a discussion on the theme of DIGITAL THEATER—VOID AND VISION. On July 24, 7:30 p.m. we will discuss different ways for the performing arts to cope with the current situation: should THE VOID be filled? If so, with what forms? The discussion will take place in English via the platform Zoom and be moderated by Sylvia Sobottka (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).
    Please register for the discussion before July 23 | 06:00 p.m. by writing to:

    Lastly, on July 25th, all the artists that would have come to Ludwigsburg can talk about their initially submitted projects and exchange ideas about different forms of performative arts in an internal Artist Talk.

    We are looking forward to a digital encounter with you!
    Team FURORE

    • Congratulations

    The Main Prize, Film of the Year, in the German-wide contest »JUNGER FILM« to »Weissabgleich« by Julian Mahid Carly. The 17th Rostock Film Festival awards prize to the direction student of the ADK

    The main prize, film of the year, in the German-wide contest »JUNGER FILM« was awarded to Julian Mahid Carly, direction student of the ADK, for his documentary essay »Weissabgleich« at the Rostock FiSH film festival. The film of the year prize comes with the prize money of 7.000€, which is instituted by the Hanseatic city Rostock and the federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    In the short documentary film, the protagonist and director Julain Mahid Carly-Hossain tries to assimilate in an extreme way. Being German, beautiful, and bleaching cremes. He confronts other people with his desire to become white. However, is skin lightening really a remedy to Julian’s problems? Julian Mahid Carly executed WEISSABGLEICH within the course »Filmgestaltung 2« filmmaking, at the Academy of Film.

    His play »Verbindungsfehler« was awarded with the first prize of the Osnabrück Dramatic prize and will have its premiere at the theatre of Osnabrück

    • International

    The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM and the Erasmus+ Exchange Program at the ADK

    The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM

    International experience, language skills and understanding of other cultures are more important for school, studies and career than ever before. The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM therefore enables qualified young people to take part in a placement abroad and so to broaden their personal horizons.

    Exchange and collaboration with other international colleges is an essential aspect and a crucial objective of the course at the ADK. ADK’s participation in the programme Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM for University Students, run by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, recognises ADK’s open, international approach.

    With a view to encouraging international exchange among especially qualified students, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung awards two to three scholarships in every academic year to domestic and foreign students as part of a student exchange (incomings / outgoings) between the Academy and our partner institutions abroad.  Click HERE for details

    ERASMUS+ Programme

    The European Commission awarded in October 2018 the ERASMUS Charter for higher Education (ECHE) 2014-2020  to the ADK.
    Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It unites previous EU programs supporting life-long learning, youth, and sports, as well as European cooperation programs in higher education.  Click HERE for details