Past Programs: The American Course at GITIS

Carefully crafted for artists at the tip of a new theatre career, the American Course at GITIS brings actors, directors and designers together to crystalize their own craft and better understand the work of these other disciplines. 
The American Course at GITIS is an eleven-week program for post-graduate acting and directing students. Students must choose and apply under either the directing course or acting course, but will work together in the classroom. All students will take courses in acting, directing and design bringing all classes together to influence and inform their own art. A Certificate of Completion of Postgraduate Program is issued after completion of the course.

American Course at GITIS Spring 2015

March 23 – June 5, 2015

American Course 2013 students, Daniel, Eliana, Greer, Jacqueline and Emily with Maria Shmaevich (center), GITIS Biomechanics and Movement professor.

This spring we bring our second group of students to the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts – GITIS in Moscow. Acting and Directing students will study at Russia’s oldest and largest theatre school where they will be taught by some of Russia’s leading theatre artists. Classes will include directing, acting, design, dance, stage movement/combat, and Biomechanics. The course is designed to give students advanced training in Russian theatre techniques (Stanislavsky, M. Chekhov, Meyerhold). Throughout the course expert theatre masters will also guide students in applying and adapting these techniques to create modern theatre. In addition to classes, students will have the opportunity to take master’s classes with and sit in on the rehearsals of Moscow’s leading directors and to sample a wide variety of theatre in Moscow.

During the eleven-week semester students will focus on the techniques of Meyerhold (Biomechanics), M. Chekhov (Method) , and Stanislavsky (Method of Physical Actions). Practical classes on these techniques will be paired with dance and movement classes and will all be taught at GITIS by GITIS professors. Coursework will be extremely intense.
This semester is designed to give each student strong foundation in practical knowledge of Russian theatre.

Tuition and housing for the eleven week course is $6,800 plus a one-time non-refundable $700 administration fee. Scholarships are available.

About The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts – GITIS

In the last decade GITIS emerged as a world leader in Theatre education, pioneering collaboration between designers, directors and actors. The fusion of various Theatre disciplines and talent of teaching faculty allows students to excel in professional development. The work done at GITIS is comparable to achievements of world Masters such as Peter Brook, Robert Wilson and Robert Lepage. John Freedman writes that Dmitry Krymov, Eugene Kamenkovich, Yury Butusov, Sergey Zhinovatch, and others, who teach at GITIS,“create a cornucopia of life experiences, rich, funny, ironic, poignant and frightening”. It is impossible to see anything like this anywhere else and it is an honor to offer this unique opportunity to study with such incredible artists to you.