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.

Grant Programmes | Scholarships | ERASMUS+

Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM for University Students

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

Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg - Grant Programmes | Scholarships | ERASMUS+

ERASMUS+ programme
Cooperation with the ERASMUS Consortium KOOR/BEST at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe

The European Commission awards the ADK the ERASMUS charter for higher education and thus enables the participation in the ERASMUS+ programme.
The EU supports the mobility of students, the transnational collaboration between the participating countries and the cooperation between universities and host organisations.

The Erasmus+ Placement Programme supports both students and graduates who carry out a work placement (training, internship) within European countries that take part in the programme.

KOOR/BEST is located at Karlsruhe University for Applied Sciences and, as a consortium, KOOR/BEST coordinates all applications of the Erasmus Placement Programme for students enrolled in one of the 42 participating universities in Baden-Württemberg.

More informations:


Open Call Scholarships 2020

The participation in the above mentioned exchange programmes allows the ADK to offer international scholarships to support and encourage international exchange activities.
Find all details in the Open Call Scholarships hereafter.

Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg - Grant Programmes | Scholarships | ERASMUS+
Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg - Grant Programmes | Scholarships | ERASMUS+


Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg - Networks
Adaptionen Seminar 2018 mit sputnic / Nils Voges© Philip Henze_ADK


»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 in 2012,

Members: Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio d’Amico (Rome), Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg), Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding (Munich), The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art (Warsaw), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), Malmö Theatre Academy (Malmö), St Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (St Petersburg), Real Escuela de Arte Dramático RESAD (Madrid), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius), University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest), The Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (Paris), Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hanover), Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Stockholm), Accademia Teatro Dimitri (Verscio/Switzerland), Universität Mozarteum – Thomas Bernhard Institut (Salzburg).

Associated members: Europe Theatre Prize, Fondazione Teatro della Pergola, Fresh Festival – Baltic House Theatre Festival, Norsk Skuespillersenter (Norwegian Actors’ Centre)

Board: Jochen Schölch (chairman), Elisabeth Schweeger, Claire Lasne Darcueil, Joyce Deans, Regina Guhl (General Secretary)

Students: Augtumas Harner, Attila Koman, Eimear Fearon


»Bringing together, collaborating, strengthening links.«

European theatre network
founded in 2008,

Members: Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg), Théâtre National de l’Odéon (Paris), Deutsches Theater (Berlin), Dramaten-Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern (Stockholm), Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Düsseldorf), Katona József Szinház (Budapest), Det Kongelige Teater (Kopenhagen), National Theatre (London), Berliner Ensemble (Berlin), Schauspielhaus Zürich (Zürich), Teatre Lliure (Barcelona), Toneelgroep Amsterdam (Amsterdam), Universität Mozarteum (Salzburg), Teatro Stabile di Torino-Teatro Nazionale (Turin), Toneelhuis (Antwerp), Østerbro Teater (Copenhagen), Theatre of Nations (Moscow), Burgtheater (Vienna), Thalia Theater (Hamburg)

Board: Stéphane Braunschweig, Chairman | Elisabeth Schweeger, Vice-Chairwoman | Emmet Feigenberg, Treasurer | Evgenyi Mironov, Secretary | Rufus Norris, Member | Iphigenia Taxopoulou, General Secretary


»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