Call for Applications: European Theatre Academy 2021

Masterclasses, mentoring and networking opportunities for ambitious theatre-makers working internationally.

5 9 July 2021

European Theatre Academy 2021


Date: 5 – 9 July 2021

The application period has now closed.



The 7th edition of the annual ETC European Theatre Academy will again take place at the beginning of July 2021.

Depending on the pandemic context, the European Theatre Academy 2021 will either take place during the Festival d’Avignon in France or in a dedicated online setting, from Monday 5 to Friday 9 July 2021.

It will offer masterclasses and the opportunity to work on own projects with mentors, focusing on the different aspects of curating and managing international theatre collaborations, as well as networking opportunities with other young theatre professionals.

It will provide an overview of different international collaboration forms and theatre systems, dealing with artistic as well as administrative, financial and legal questions in the European context. Participants will benefit from expert lectures on funding and support, production and curating, touring and accessing foreign theatre markets. Several group work sessions with selected mentors will enable the participants to work on their own projects and delve into practical issues and considerations.

Leading professionals of the international theatre scene will guide the participants and accompany them throughout the Academy which will become a working space of reflection, promotion of good practices and international networking.

In case it can take place on-site in Avignon, the programme will be further enriched by performances of the Festival d’Avignon and daily discussions on the performances seen together.


What does the European Theatre Academy offer?

The European Theatre Academy is specifically designed for theatre professionals at the beginning of their careers, with potential and ambition to grow internationally.

The programme includes:

  • Academy programme with masterclasses and workshops with leading professionals from the European theatre scene from 5 to 9 July 2021

The programme in Avignon, if able to go ahead, includes in addition:

  • Tickets to pre-selected performances of the Festival d’Avignon (subject to availability)
  • Welcome dinner on 5 July 2021 and farewell cocktail on 9 July 2021

The participants are asked to arrange and cover their travel to and accommodation in Avignon, as well as a valid health insurance for the duration of the European Theatre Academy individually. The participants benefit from preferential rates for accommodation in single rooms in a hotel in the city centre of Avignon, including breakfast.

In case of acceptance to the European Theatre Academy, personal attendance throughout the entire time of the programme is required.

Candidate Profile

The call is open to theatre professionals (including non-EU countries) at the beginning of their careers who have already had various experiences in the field, with potential and ambition to grow internationally. Profiles of the selected participants might vary depending on their interests and experiences. Applications from theatre directors, managers and administrators, producers and touring managers, dramaturges, international relation managers or personal assistants, from independent companies and institutional theatres across Europe are welcome.

The European Theatre Academy is open to theatre professionals from ETC member theatres and non-members.



The application period has now closed.


For further inquiries or additional information, please contact the ETC Office:

Hélène Gauthier – Project & Network Manager

Email: Tel: +49 (0) 172 357 32 45

The European Theatre Academy is organised in collaboration with PEARLE* and part of the project "ENGAGE - Empowering today's audiences through challenging theatre" which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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