International exchange| European networks

Our cross-sector approach makes ADK an interesting partner for other countries. Admission to international networks is a seal of quality for education providers: since 2015 our international activities have been boosted by membership in E:UTSA (Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies) and mitos21, an alliance of theatre professionals at leading, influential theatre institutions in Europe. In April 2018 ADK was invited to join ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts).
There are so many opportunities here for initial and continuing training, such as the International Meeting of Dramaturgs in Berlin, the Berliner Theatertreffen with the Autorentheatertage at Deutsches Theater, and the Young Actors and Directors Meeting in Stockholm during the Ingmar Bergman Festival, where the production »Topographies of Paradise« with performer Madame Nielsen and graduates from our Directing and Acting courses was shown in August 2018.

These networks enable students from colleges elsewhere to take part in ADK seminars and vice versa. Our Acting students, for example, will join the »Turbo-Workshop« on topical themes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. Invitations to show guest productions have also increased. The E:UTSA network has given rise to festivals like »SPOLETO/Festival dei Due Mondi«. Thanks to other invitations, our students will attend the »SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER« festival in Brno (Czechia) and visit Rome for the »Festival Contaminazioni« at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica »Silvio d’Amico«.
Every two years Ludwigsburg hosts the FURORE Festival – an international event for young theatre-makers planned and organised by ADK students.


Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM

Exchange and collaboration with other international colleges is an essential aspect and a crucial objective of the studies at the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst in Baden-Württemberg. 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 Akademie für Darstellende Kunst and our partner institutions abroad. The scholarship is paid for three to six months. Selection criteria include not only academic achievement but also social and intercultural skills.

Students interested in applying should contact the International Office

An Open Call with details is listed hereafter.


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.

ERASMUS Charter (german)
ERASMUS Charta (english)
EPS_European Policy Statement ADK (german)

Cooperation with the


The Coordination Office for the Practical Semesters (KOOR) is a state-wide institution for the universities in Baden-Württemberg, located at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. To implement the mobility programmes within the European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), the ERASMUS consortium “Baden-Württemberg Partnership for the Exchange of Students, Graduates and Knowledge Transfer” (BEST) was established to complement KOOR.

KOOR/BEST runs the Erasmus+ Internship Programme for 41 universities in Baden-Württemberg. These programmes can support students or graduates who spend practical semesters and internships in the participating countries in other European countries.

Under the umbrella of the EU education programme ERASMUS+ four mobility measures are funded for outgoing students, lecturers and staff of the ADK:

Mobility for Students (SMS)
Auslandspraktikum für Studierende (SMP)
Mobility for Lecturers (STA) and Mobility for Staff (STT)

The study abroad programme (SMS) within the framework of Erasmus+ is aimed at students who wish to spend one or two semesters at a host university in another European country and thereby improve their social and cultural skills. In this way, the European Union supports the mobility of students, who thereby become familiar with teaching and learning methods at a foreign university. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the national agency responsible for implementing the programme in Germany.

As student of the ADK you are interested in an placement/internship grant (SMP)? The Erasmus+ programme is aimed at students and graduates who are doing an internship in another European country.

Erasmus supports visiting professorships at European partner universities (STA) which hold an Erasmus University Charter. Through their stay, the guest lecturers should strengthen the European dimension of the host university, complement its range of courses and impart their expertise to students who cannot or do not wish to study abroad. The development of joint study programmes of the two partner universities and the exchange of teaching content and methods should be included.

As a further supporting measure for the internationalisation of universities, further education and training (STT) of university staff (teaching and administration) at European universities and foreign companies/institutions is possible.

Further questions, please contact the international office (phone +49 7141-30996-11



»Bringing together, collaborating, strengthening links.«

mitos21 was founded in October 2008 by a group of theatre professionals, who are associated to important public theatre institutions in Europe. mitos 21 is a non-profit association under Danish law, with its official seat at the National Theatre in London.

mitos21 a European Theatre Network bringing together artists & theatre professionals collaborating professionals & institutions strengthening between theatre & society

mitos21 Board
Stephane Braunschweig, Chairman | Elisabeth Schweeger, Vice-Chairwoman | Evgeniy Mironov, Secretary | Emmet Feigenberg, Treasurer | Rufus Norris, Member | Iphigenia Taxopoulou, General Secretary


  • AKADEMIE FÜR DARSTELLENDE KUNST BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG, Ludwigsburg: Elisabeth Schweeger (artistic director)
  • BERLINER ENSEMBLE, Berlin: Oliver Reese (artistic director), Jan Fischer (general manager)
  • BURGTHEATER, Vienna: Martin Kušej (artistic director)
  • DEUTSCHES THEATER, Berlin: Ulrich Khuon (artistic director), Christa Müller (international projects consultant)
  • DÜSSELDORFER SCHAUSPIELHAUS, Düsseldorf: Wilfried Schultz (general and artistic director)
  • INTERNATIONAAL THEATER AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam: Ivo Van Hove (artistic director), Wouter Van Ransbeek (director)
  • KATONA JÓZSEF SZÍNHÁZ, Budapest: Gábor Máté (artistic director), Gábor Zsámbéki (associate director)
  • DET KONGELIGE TEATER, Copenhagen: Morten Kirkskov (artistic director)
  • NATIONAL THEATRE, London: Rufus Norris (artistic director), Lisa Burger (executive director)
  • ODÉON-THÉÂTRE DE L’EUROPE, Paris: Stéphane Braunschweig (artistic director), Didier Juillard (director of programming)
  • ØSTERBRO TEATER, Copenhagen: Emmet Feigenberg (artistic director)
  • SCHAUSPIELHAUS ZÜRICH, Zurich: Barbara Frey (artistic director)
  • THEATRE OF NATIONS, Moscow: Evgeniy Mironov (artistic director), Roman Dolzhanskiy (chief dramaturg)
  • TEATRE LLIURE, Barcelona: Juan Carlos Martel Bayod (artistic director)
  • TEATRO STABILE DI TORINO – TEATRO NAZIONALE, Torino: Filippo Fonsatti (general director), Valerio Binasco (artistic director)
  • THALIA THEATER, Hamburg: Joachim Lux (artistic director),Tom Till (general manager)
  • TONEELHUIS, Antwerp (Guy Cassiers, artistic director)
  • UNIVERSITÄT MOZARTEUM, Salzburg: Amélie Niermeyer (Head of the Thomas Bernhard Institute, Acting & Directing Department)

Individual members
Sir Nicholas Hytner (director, London), Mikolaj Grabowski (director, professor of theatre, Krakow), Staffan Valdemar Holm (director, Copenhagen), Barbara Suthoff (international projects manager, Zurich), Lluis Pasqual (director, Malaga), Magnus Florin (dramaturg, Stockholm), Iphigenia Taxopoulou (mitos21 General Secretary, literary & international projects manager, Thessaloniki).


»To support the youngest generation’s creativity particularly during the gap between theatrical education and professional life« .

Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies
EUTSA is a union of Theatre Schools which gives teachers and students the opportunity to meet each other for an artistic exchange and to have direct contact with professionals. The main goal for students is to use this platform in order to an open understanding for diversity in Europe.

See list of all members of  EUTSA: here


»ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education«

ELIA /European League of Institutes of the Arts.

Since April 2018 ADK has been a member of ELIA. With 250 members in 47 countries, it represents 300,000 students across all art disciplines. This interdisciplinarity makes ELIA a unique network. ELIA supports art in higher education by promoting opportunities to exchange methods, supporting cultural diversity and fostering communication between cultures.


Hidden Heritage – STUDIO DAHD

Since the summer semester of 2018 ADK has been involved in a pilot project called Studio DAHD (Danube Artistic Heritage Development) as part of INTERREG’s »Danube Culture Platform«, bringing together six countries along the River Danube (Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania) through the good auspices of the OÖ Kulturquartier (AT), the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg (D), the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (BG), the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (SRB) and the Romanian Ministry of Culture (RO).

The Danube Region boasts a diversity of cultures, but is also rich in unresolved history, intractable ethnic hostilities, political turmoil and conflict, and constant border shifts – but that accounts too for an abundance of cultural gems and for a history of ideas that has helped to mould Europe today. A space for living with difference – a utopia? The history of this space demonstrates that cultural differences like languages, customs and religions, while not necessarily uniting people, do generate a field of opportunity – so close and yet so far away.

At Studio DAHD, 21 students from the participating countries work together to explore and evaluate the hidden heritage along the Danube, and to interrogate and redefine it with a contemporary artistic gaze. An exploration of a hidden heritage, buried, prohibited, forgotten, suppressed and effaced for whatever reason. By tracing identities and otherness, our idea of Europe is revisited, rethought, experienced in new ways.

Partners here are the Academy of Performing Arts in Baden-Württemberg (D), the University of Art and Design in Linz (AT), the Universities of Sofia and Varna (BG) and the Art Academy of Novi Sad (SRB), along with students of architecture, performing arts, film directing and editing, music production, cinematography, visual art, sculpture and photography.

Studying the hidden heritage of the Danube can uncover echo chambers to trace and highlight difference, to learn from a history of dissonance and destruction, to reflect on a future that will enable us to live out this culture of difference.

Studio DAHD is an experimental studio that enables students to expand their spheres of work. The outcomes of the Studio DAHD pilot projects will be presented in Novi Sad this autumn and together the participants will design a presentation format that can be shown along the Danube in different cultural institutions. ADK will present this at the beginning of academic year 2019/20.

Mentors: Prof. Sabine Pollak (AT), Prof. Elisabeth Schweeger (DE), Prof. Dubravka Lazić (SRB) and Mag. Nadezhda Pavlova (BG).

Topographies of Paradise


By and with Madame Nielsen
Première: Ingmar Bergman Festival 25/08/2018.
A performance in Swedish, German, Serbian, Catalan and Spanish

»Topographies of Paradise«, opening in the framework of the Bergman International Theatre Festival »Topographies of Paradise« or »Idyllic Landscapes« is a mitos21 initiated project, a unique collaboration among five European theatres: the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten); the Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark; the Teatre Lliure, the Catalonian National Theatre in Barcelona, Catalonia/Spain; the Academy of Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg, Germany; and the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia.

We encounter five theatres with five short plays, woven together. Madame Nielsen writes the plays, drawing on travels in the five countries, on interviews with the actors as well as with political organisations in the various cities. The directors from each of the five participating theatres create their own performance using local actors, and Madame Nielsen stages the final work by integrating the five plays into one production.

What is a nation? What is a home district? What is a native language? What does it mean to be Swedish, German, Spanish/Catalonian, Danish, Serbian?
Madame Nielsen is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and writer, appearing over the years in various guises, including Claus Beck-Nielsen and the nameless human guinea pig in »Das Beckwerk« (»The Beck-work«). She defies fixed identities and categorisations, continuously asking the question: What is a human being?

In autumn 2015 she accompanied on foot the stream of migrants along the Balkan route up through Europe, from Greece to Denmark, a contemporary educational journey that she subsequently described in the novel »The Invasion«. Her novel »The Endless Summer« has been a major international success, translated into many languages, including Swedish (2016) and English (2018).

A European project initiated by mitos21 with the support of the Goethe Institute in Munich