European Theatre Academy 2023
Date: 4 - 8 July 2023
Application deadline: Applications are now closed

The 9th edition of the annual ETC European Theatre Academy will again take place during the Festival d’Avignon in France, from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 July 2023.

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, sustainability in theatre, 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.

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 4 to 8 July 2023
  • Tickets to pre-selected performances of the Festival d’Avignon (subject to availability)
  • Welcome dinner on 4 July 2023 and networking cocktail on 7 July 2023

The selected 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.

There are no participation fees in the European Theatre Academy.

The selected participants or their organisations are however required to stay in the Academy hotel, in the city centre of Avignon, for the duration of the Academy and will be asked to cover 50% of their hotel room costs, amounting to approximately €300 pro person (including breakfast), thanks to preferential rates negotiated with the hotel. ETC will cover the remaining 50% of the accommodation costs. Other meals in Avignon are not included.

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


Programme Overview

The 9th edition of the European Theatre Academy offers participants the opportunity to engage in masterclasses and workshops led by renowned professionals from the European theatre scene. These experienced mentors will guide and inspire the participants as they explore various aspects of curating and managing international theatre collaborations.

The European Theatre Academy is a dynamic programme designed to enhance international collaboration in the theatre sector. Through a series of masterclasses and mentoring sessions, participants learn essential skills in the management of international collaboration projects, from idea development, partner identification, production, and promotion, to the tackling of legal, cultural and sustainability challenges.

Mentors and Experts


  • Tom Leick-Burns, Artistic Director and General Manager at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Dubravka Vrgoc, ETC Board Member, Former General Manager & Artistic Director of Croatian National Theatre Zagreb/Croatia


  • Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director
  • Serge Rangoni, ETC President, General Manager & Artistic Director of Théâtre de Liège/Belgium
  • Olga Drygas, Head of International Cooperation Department at Nowy Teatr, Warsaw/Poland
  • Ann Liu, Executive and Artistic Director of NTCH, Taipei/Taiwan
  • Marie Le Sourd, Secretary General at On The Move
  • Herman Croux, Lawyer

Candidate Profile

The call is open to theatre professionals at the beginning of their careers who have already had various experiences in the field, with the 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.



Applications are 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 is part of the project "TRANSFORMATIONS - Recharging European Theatres and Audiences in a Post-Covid World " which is co-funded by the European Union.


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  • Create international artistic collaborations
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  • Be represented at European and international level
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