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.
The international scholarships are available both for enrolled students of the ADK in full studies and for international incoming students with whose universities the ADK has signed an exchange partnership. These scholarships can cover a possible period of three to eight semesters.
The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students is a program established by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.
Exchange and collaboration with other international theatre schools and academies 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.
Even though ADK is not currently a member, it has a long-standing cooperation with mitos21.
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 Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and is a European Theatre Network bringing together artists & theatre professionals collaborating professionals & institutions strengthening between theatre & society. mitos21
»To support the youngest generation’s creativity particularly during the gap between theatrical education and professional life«
| E:UTSA | Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies founded 2012 E:UTSA
E:UTSA is a network of theatre schools that gives teachers and students the opportunity to engage in artistic exchange and have direct contact with professional artists. One of the most important goals is the multilateral exchange in the form of a guest study at another E:UTSA university and the use of this platform to create an open understanding of diversity in Europe.
Beata Szczucińska (Chair)
Grégory Gabriel (Vice-Chair)
Corinna Vitale (Treasurer)
Regina Guhl (General Secretary)
David Gaviria (Student representative)
Lea Mergell (Student representative)
Madeleine Price (Student representative)
Brno, Czech Republic – Janàcek Academy of Music and Performing Arts
Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Hannover, Germany – Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien
Ludwigsburg, Germany – Academy for Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg
Madrid, Spain – Real Escuela de Arte Dramatico RESAD
Malmö, Sweden – Malmö Theatre Academy
Milano, Italy – Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi
Moskow, Russia – Russian Institute of theatre Arts (GITIS)
Paris, France – The Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD)
Rome, Italy – Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica „Silvio d’Amico”
Salzburg, Austria – Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Thomas-Bernhard-Institut
St. Petersburg, Russia – St. Petersburg State Institute of Performing Arts
Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
Verscio, Switzerland – Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Vilnius, Lithuania – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Warsaw, Poland – The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art
Europe Theatre Prize, Fondazione Teatro della Pergola, Fresh Festival – Baltic House
Norsk Skuespillersenter (Norwegian Actor’s Centre)
»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. www.elia-artschools.org
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.
Danube Cultural Cluster
»The danube as a cultural brand« Danube Cultural Cluster
The Danube Cultural Cluster Association was established in Vienna in 2012 as a cooperation platform. It was developed in accordance with the macroregional initiative of the European Union’s Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Its primary aim is to represent the interests of contemporary cultural and creative projects, as well as to establish a communication and cooperation platform for them while generating own projects with an eye toward enhancing the “Danube” as a quality cultural brand.
Today, the Danube Cultural Cluster is the only regional (transnational) NGO in the field of culture being an official observing member of the international Steering Group of EUSDR Priority Area 3 (Culture, Tourism & People to People Relations).
Mindspace Nonprofit Ltd., Europäische Donauakademie, Donumenta e.V., The Bridgeguard, CICC-Cultural Innovation Competence Centre Association, Donauschwäb. Zentralmuseum, KultUnio, Internationale Elias Canetti Gesellschaft, Danube Books, Danube Dialogues Festival, Danube Connects – Magazine for the Danube countries, Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg.
A special cooperation was born out of the E:UTSA network, in which the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE, Budapest) was a member.
The governmentally imposed dismissal of the elected rectorate and forcible restructuring of the university into a foundation with a new board led to a peaceful occupation of the university, ending in the resignation of most of the faculty and the departure of 150 students who were unwilling to complete their studies at the SZFE under such conditions. Several other E:UTSA members (Warsaw’s Akademia Teatralna, the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Dimitri Academia in Verscio, Switzerland, and the ADK) banded together in solidarity to help.
The association FreeSZFE was founded on the ground in Budapest, and the ADK has built up a cooperation for long-term collaboration with this performing arts initiative in order to support modern education within a European framework.
The joint underpinning is the conviction that students may have different backgrounds and languages, but that these differences represent a primary source of creative work. The pluralism of post-nationalist Europe beyond the idea of homogenous national identities, along with the celebration of different languages and traditions, thus forms the starting point of this cooperation. All cooperative projects initiated on the basis of this agreement are student-centered and focus on the artistic development of the participating students.
In its first step, this cooperation specifically means that the Hungarian students of the MA program were enrolled in the various other academies after passing an entrance exam. The master examination is then supervised by a joint panel.
At the ADK, eight affected Hungarian dramaturgy students are finishing their degrees this year within the framework of the »Emergency Exit« program. Further students are enrolled as extraordinary auditors supervised by the professors of FreeSZFE. In the fall and with the support of the Goethe Institute, some 100 students and professors of FreeSZFE will visit the cooperating academies. The »Emergency Exit« initiative for former SZFE students has been awarded the 2021 European Citizens’ Prize by the European Parliament.
A cooperation project on themes of »Transnationality, linguistic diversity, and cooperation on a European level« supported with funding from the EU.
Participants include the ADK in Ludwigsburg as well as the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD) in Paris (France), the Akademia Teatralna in Warsaw (Poland), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), the August Everding Theaterakademie in Munich (Germany), the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (ESAD) in Valencia (Spain), and the Instant Mix Theatre Lab. Due to pandemic considerations, the project, which runs for two years, will start in January 2022. In its first year, it will focus on the mobility of teachers, offering conferences on dance/movement and subsequently on music/singing/voice. The second year focuses on the mobility of teams of students, authors, actors, and directors from the participating schools. In December 2022, the ADK will host a team of approximately 25 to explore dramaturgy, writing, and translation.
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«(SKS).
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 theatre’s variety in interdisciplinary and new formats and experiments. This places the discourse on the future of theatre and theatre 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.
In favour of the Meeting, the biennial, international FURORE Festival curated by students, will not take place.