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Theatre Study Abroad Opportunities (Especially at Graduate Level)

This winter term, I am taking part in a study abroad program which is going to Kerala, India to study kathakali. When I was doing my MFA, part of the program was a three month term in Moscow, Russia. The latter trip was a truly formative experience, and I'm hoping that the trip to Kerala will be equally fascinating.

I'm interested in compiling a list of study abroad programs with a focus on theatre, particularly at the graduate level. What programs do you know about? Please share the details here!

The Performing Arts of Kerala, India
Hunter College - Winter Term
Located on the Southwest Coast of India, Kerala is a beautiful region of pristine beaches and lush rainforests. It is also the birthplace of some of India's most exquisite, ancient, and complex performance traditions. Students on this study abroad program will have the opportunity to learn about these various performance forms and train daily in kathakali -- a three-hundred year-old dance-drama tradition -- with master teachers from the Kerala Kalamandalam, the leading performing arts academy in Kerala. Readings and lectures on the region's history and arts, evening performances, and excursions and short tours to Kerala's geographical and historic sites will help contextualize and reveal this area's rich performing arts heritage. Graduate students will participate in an international theatre conference. Students should be in good physical and mental health to participate and open-minded about cultural differences they will encounter. Students will live communally in a house or apartments and each will contribute by taking on house responsibilities. Some performance and/or physical training background desirable.

Accra, Ghana
NYU - Summer Term
Located in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, this program will introduce and immerse students to West African performing and cinematic arts. Ghana boasts over 40,000 years of cultural history and our summer program in the capital city of Accra will cover the importance of the arts in maintaining the country’s Akan and Kumasi cultural legacies.

Dublin, Ireland
NYU - Summer Term
Our program in Dublin offers students the opportunity to study the dramatic and cinematic arts while living in this vibrant European capital. Students are housed in apartments in the Temple Bar neighborhood, Dublin’s artistic and intellectual meeting ground, in the heart of the city. In addition to courses that focus on contemporary Ireland and its culture, a number of field trips and cultural and social activities are integral to the program. Possible day trips include visits to museums and historic sites in the region, with theatre outings, poetry readings, traditional music, and film screenings in the evenings. One weekend excursion will include a trip to Galway and the Aran Islands. Students will take the following two courses for a total of 8 points.

Florence, Italy
NYU - Summer Term
Students enroll in one of two programs: Writing Florence or Commedia dell’Arte. The courses within these programs are designed to complement each other, enabling students to integrate knowledge and firsthand experience of Florence into their writing. Students also enjoy field trips in and around Florence in the picturesque Tuscan countryside. La Pietra, a magnificent 15th-century, 57-acre estate, serves as NYU’s center for study in Florence. Located near the center of Florence, La Pietra is celebrated for its early Renaissance art collection and formal gardens. Inside the villa, students choose from a variety of living arrangements. Single, double, triple, and multi-person rooms are available. Meals are also provided. Classes are held in one of five historic villas on the estate.

London, England

NYU - Summer Term
Centered at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, our summer program in London features courses in the performing and media arts, providing a firsthand experience in exploring London’s cultural history, London theatre, Shakespeare, and British film. Students register for two of the following courses for a total of 8 points.


Thank you for starting this!
I mean, there's no way I can do more than dream about this at the moment, but dreaming's a start!