Join the ETC programme with masterclasses and workshops during the unique atmosphere of the Festival d’Avignon!
2 – 6 July 2020
Application Deadline: 20 April 2020


With regard to the coronavirus pandemic, for now, preparation for the European Theatre Academy in July 2020 is continuing as planned and we will keep this page up to date with any necessary changes.

4 Days of Masterclasses, Mentoring and Networking

The 6th edition of the annual ETC European Theatre Academy will again take place during the Festival d’Avignon at the beginning of July 2020. It will offer four days of masterclasses and work on own projects with mentors, focussing on the different aspects of curating and managing international theatre collaborations.

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

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.

The programme will be enriched by performances of the Festival d’Avignon and daily discussions on the performances seen together.

What does the European Theatre Academy offer?

The participation fee of €300 includes:

  • Academy programme with masterclasses and workshops with leading professionals from the European theatre scene from 2 to 6 July 2020
  • Tickets to pre-selected performances of the Festival d’Avignon (subject to availability)
  • Accommodation in single rooms in a hotel in the city centre of Avignon, including breakfast
  • Welcome dinner on 2 July and farewell cocktail on 5 July 2020

The participants will be asked to arrange and cover their travel to Avignon as well as a valid health insurance for the duration of the European Theatre Academy individually. Meals are not included in the participation fee.

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 at the beginning of their careers who have already made 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.


Before submitting your application, please view our application guidelines

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2020. The results will be communicated by email at the beginning of May 2020.


For further inquiries or additional information, please contact Alice Burrows, Project and Administrative Officer, +49 (0)30 28 441 461

Note that we will not accept applications sent via email: only applications sent through the online form linked above will be accepted.


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