Theatres all over Europe being faced with planning difficulties this season, due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, ETC is offering three residency placement in this first call for applications. A second call for applications will be published later in the season (likely in December 2020).


National Theatre Prague/Czech Republic – 18 January to 18 February 2021

National Theatre Prague offers a placement as assistant director for the production of The People versus Kramer, directed by Petra Tejnorova.

The topic of performance is a court case of 1920/21, after a crowd of Czech actors, legionaries and audience members occupied the Estate Theatre, where this performance will take place. German director Leopold Kramer, who was renting the Estate Theatre at the time, led a lawsuit against 14 protagonists of the occupation but due to the nationalist movement growing in the Czechoslovak society, his rights were eventually denied.

The creative team led by director Petra Tejnorova follows the antecedents of the occupation as well as the process itself in a documentary form, exploiting the principles of live cinema.

  • Profile of scholar: We are preparing a bilingual Czech-German performance so we would appreciate a German speaking scholar who will be able to help us with texts and research in German language. We can also use help in usual tasks of the rehearsal process, such as taking notes, coordination and other stage assistance to the creative team. The profile includes the fields of dramaturgy, directing, assistant director, theatre scientist, or event students, with the interest in documentary and devised theatre or live cinema. No previous experiences required.
  • Language requirements: German (Advanced, able to read and write in German) and English (communicative level).

The National Theatre – Drama in Prague presents works of the classical and contemporary Czech and international repertoire, original projects and Czech premieres. The productions are visually compelling and exquisitely staged. Our company also hosts accompanying activities, educational programmes, and the international festival Prague Crossroads.

National Theatre Belgrade/Serbia – 25 January to 8 March 2021

National Theatre Belgrade offers a placement as assistant director on the production of L’illusion comique, directed by Nikola Zavisic.

Pierre Corneille’s baroque comedy will be directed by Nikola Zavisic, a highly imaginative director who works mostly in the Middle European countries and had already worked in the National theatre with great success (see:, The performance will be a part of the repertoire on the Rasa Plaovic stage of the National Theatre in Belgrade. The scholar will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities and get to know the local theatre scene.

  • Profile of the scholar: the scholar should be interested in the contemporary theatre, be imaginative and proactive, devoted to details and express interest in experiments and alternative forms of theatre. Basic knowledge of light, video and new technologies are a plus.
  • Language requirements: English (intermediate level needed for a meaningful collaboration), Slavic languages are a plus (Serbian will be the working language in the rehearsals but translation will be available)

National Theatre in Belgrade has three ensembles – Drama, Opera and Ballet – working on two stages. It also has a museum, is involved in international projects and develops education programmes. Belgrade is a vibrant city, with a diversified cultural scene. It is full of culture and history, but also hip cafes and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

Schauspielhaus Graz/Austria – four weeks, dates flexible

Schauspielhaus Graz offers a placement in the department of dramaturgy, for research on the topic of sustainability.

Schauspielhaus Graz invites a young artistic person (either director, dramaturg, author) for 4 weeks in the timeframe from January to May 2021 (concrete time slot to be jointly agreed upon) to do research on the topic of "sustainability" and present the result of this research in any form: as an essay, a lecture performance, written play, concept for a show, etc. - Along with that, the scholar has the possibility to fully get to know the theatre and participate in any rehearsal, meeting, show they are interested in and which takes place during their stay.

  • Profile of the scholar: someone who is not entirely new to the business but has already developed an artistic profile which fits well Schauspielhaus Graz’ own profile (see website). They should also be willing to share insights from their country's culture with the dramaturgy of the theatre, who would like to learn from them.
  • Application: Please apply with a short concept for what you want to do during your time in Graz and how and in which form you would like to present your research in the end of your stay and a first indication on the time slot for which you would like to come to Graz.
  • Language requirements: Good German (understood, read and spoken) is necessary to make the most out of this scholarship, as all the work and daily routine is in German. 

Graz is the second biggest city in Austria, and our theatre a typical German-speaking repertoire theatre with three venues. We produce 20 new productions every season plus reruns. Our ensemble consists of 24 actors plus guests, together we are 130 people at the company. One of our main focuses are international cooperation and work with contemporary playwrights.


Go to the Open Call page to apply.



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