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Stanislavsky, Brecht and Beyond: An Integrated Approach to Actor Training in Berlin

Create and perform realistic and devised theater. Strengthen and deepen your presence on stage. Craft performances that are intellectually informed, viscerally exciting, and theatrically courageous.

Experience a cosmopolitan city that holds a complex and crucial place in modern European history. Youthful, artistic, and hip, Berlin has traveled a path that led from the defining cultural avant-garde of the Weimar Republic to the devastation of World War II, from a divided city symbolizing the Cold War to today’s reunified and renewed capital. 

Program Overview

Stanislavsky, Brecht and Beyond: An Integrated Approach to Actor Training in Berlin is a one-semester program in theater and actor training for advanced drama students. It is offered by NYU Berlin in conjunction with the Tisch Department of Drama, in affiliation with faculty from the world-renowned Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Berlin University of the Arts, and the internationally acclaimed Berlin Schaubuhne.


Your semester abroad consists of your core program course and three additional companion courses, completing a full-time, 16 unit semester.

Advanced Studio TBA (Core)

THEA-UT 9455 | 8 units

The curriculum will focus on the study and practical application of aspects of German theater that have made and continue to make a significant contribution to international theater practice. It includes the integration of the Russian based Stanislavsky Method of Physical Actions with Brecht’s Epic Theater, Advanced Realistic scene study, classes with Gob Squad, Brecht scene study, Devised theater, Post Dramatic Theater, movement, voice and rigorous actor oriented Dramaturgical research. Students will study the history of 20th Century German Dramatic Literature, Dramatic Theory and Theatrical practice, German language, attend productions in several major theaters and take field trips to other cities in Germany. The program will culminate with workshop performances of several short plays by Brecht.

Students will also participate in the international FIND Festival hosted by Thomas Ostermeier and the Berlin Schaubuhne, for many years the premier theater in Germany. Designed to foster international artistic exchange this festival brings together a select group of international theater students for ten days. They attend several contemporary professional productions, meet with the directors and participate in a series of master classes led by an international team of major teaching artists including Mr. Ostermeier.

The overall goal of the program is to enable students to create and perform realistic and devised theater that balances full physical and emotional embodiment with critical distance and actively interfaces the dramatic story and the theatrical context. This integrated approach aims to strengthen and deepen their presence on stage and their ability to create performances that are intellectually informed, viscerally exciting, and theatrically courageous.

German Theater of the 20th Century

THEA-UT 9612 | 4 units | Instructor: Katrin Dettmer

This course examines German theater of the twentieth century, from Expressionism to contemporary postdramatic forms of writing and performance. The course will first offer an overview of German theater traditions before 1900 and will then engage in analyzing specific developments in German theater starting with Max Reinhardt and his work at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Other case studies will focus on Brecht’s epic theater, theater during the Third Reich, postwar theater trends in East and West Germany, and current developments in reunified Germany. Not only will we closely read relevant plays and theory by the theater makers of the respective periods but we will also explore aesthetics and performance issues as they have changed over time. As the involved practice of dramaturgy in Germany has greatly influenced theatrical developments, we will investigate this major aspect of theatrical work in Germany as a contribution to world theater and study how the extensive debate of ideas is being concretely realized in the theater through the choices being made in a production. An integral part of the course will include visits to Berlin theaters, attending performances, which we will analyze in class, and engaging in discussion with contemporary theater makers in Berlin.

German Language

Course Number TBA | 4 units

You will take one of the German language courses offered through NYU Global. Placement is based on your experience. 


Program Dates

Spring 2017

Check-in Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 (not earlier)
Check-Out: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spring 2018

Check-in Date: January 22, 2018
Check-out Date: May 19, 2018 



Tisch Drama Majors: Four semesters of studio training or equivalent.
NYU and Visiting students:  One year of college or professional training.


Spring 2017:  The application for spring 2017 is now closed.

Application: Acceptance to the program is by audition/interview as well as application review. Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Academic Year 2016-2017 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $25,705

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,236
  • NYU Housing: Visit the NYU Berlin website for options and costs

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.
Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Visit the NYU Berlin website for housing options and descriptions.