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Theatre Summer School 2019 / Paris - Avignon

Welcome to the Sorbonne Nouvelle University's second Theatre Summer School on the theme of "Places and spaces".

This Summer School is a unique opportunity for students from all over the world to benefit from the distinctive education of our Drama Studies Department's expert professors, and to discover the Festival d’Avignon, one of the most important international events of theatre and performing arts.

Please note that our Theatre Summer School will mainly have a theoretical approach.

A Summer School in three steps

1st to 5th July 8th to 13th July 15th to 19th July
Conferences at
Sorbonne Nouvelle
University, located in
the heart of Paris
Week at the Festival
d’Avignon, one of
the most important
performing arts events
in the world, with shows
and theoretical classes
Workshops at the
Sorbonne Nouvelle,
to link the conferences,
shows and students’

Places and spaces

How can a space for acting be built in a specific location? What kind of relationship with the spectator is to be established there? What happens when the scenic space takes place in a location which is not dedicated to the theatrical performance (a street, a gym hall, a courtyard of honour…)? How can the perception of the show be modified accordingly? To what extent gesture, costume, light or music are also contributing to build the theatrical space? How do modern technologies alter the building of spaces and the spectator’s perception? What is the meaning conveyed by the notions of “set”, “scenography”, “dramatic space”, “scenic space”, if they still convey some? And what about the way places, spaces and texts are articulated together? How may the text suggest a preexisting space for acting? How does the transition to the stage reinvent it?

These are some of the many questions that our Summer School aims to explore, by multiplying the perspectives and the theoretical approaches (scenographical, dramaturgical, historical, aesthetical, sociological…) and by bringing them together with analysis of shows seen during the Festival d’Avignon 2019.

During this Summer School you will:

  • Develop your knowledge and research through thought-provoking discussion
  • Discover shows and artists at the Festival d'Avignon
  • Multiply scientific, artistic, and friendly encounters
  • Make a presentation based on the Summer School's conferences, workshops and shows (15th - 19th July)

Programme fee

The fee for the Theatre Summer School programme is € 2200, including:

  • 3 weeks of courses and workshops in Paris and Avignon
  • 6 shows in Paris and Avignon : 5 official shows at the Festival d'Avignon and 1 show in Paris
  • transportation to/from Avignon
  • accommodation in Avignon : Aparthotel Sainte-Marthe


You must enroll until June 1st, 2019 by completing the online enrollment form.

Places are limited to 15 participants.

Additional fees

Additional fees apply for :

    Courses will begin on July, 1st. Please arrive in before this date to guarantee your attendance. Last day of class will be on July 19th.


    You are in charge of your meals in Paris and Avignon.

    There are numerous students’ restaurants (called CROUS) in Paris and in Avignon at reasonable prices. In general, the price ranges between 3.25 and 7 euros per meal. If you are interested you need to enrol with us.

    The estimated meal budget for a day is between 14 and 20 euros.

    CROUS Restaurants map in Paris:

    CROUS restaurant in Avignon: Cafétéria le Gingko – 301 rue Baruch de Spinoza 84 000 Avignon


    You are in charge of all commuting expenses in Paris and Avignon.

    We recommend students to purchase a monthly Navigo travel pass (pass navigo découverte) that allows you unlimited use of the public transport networks in Paris. The cost for a monthly Navigo travel pass is 75.20 euros, plus 5 euros for the plastic card. For more information:


    We can help you find accomodation for the whole month at about 600 euros. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible to confirm the booking.

    If you prefer not to book a student room for the whole month, note that you should make two hotel reservations: for the periods before and after Avignon (July 11th and 17th).

    We strongly recommend you to visit Airbnb offers ( or to do research on Hostels and Youth Hostels in Paris (see FAQ below).


    Please verify that your national/student insurance provides coverage in France. If not, you will need subscribe to an international insurance.


After acceptance into the program, you will have 2 weeks to make a bank transfer of 2200 euros (possibility to pay twice).  The bank transfer should be made to Sorbonne Nouvelle Accounting Agency:

IBAN: FR76 1007 1750 0000 0010 0578 976


Once the bank transfer has been made please send the bank transfer notification to in order confirm your enrollment. Please include “Theatre Summer School” in the notification subject line.


For more information, please contact Sara MONTOYA:

Date of update December 2, 2019

Practical information

When: 1-19 July 2019

Where: Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle University) and Avignon

For whom:
For 3rd-year undergraduate and postgraduate students

Fees: € 2200, including:
  • all workshops and conferences
  • shows in Paris and Avignon
  • transportation to/from Avignon
  • accommodation in Avignon

Until June 1st, 2019 by completing the online enrollment form.
Places are limited to 15 participants.

All sessions will be held in English and will be carried out by professors from the Sorbonne Nouvelle Drama Studies Department. Most shows are in French that’s why a good level in French is recommended.

The Summer School at a glance:
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> Frequently asked questions [PDF - 239 Ko]

About the Festival d'Avignon

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

The Festival d'Avignon is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes as well as in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France and one of the world's greatest.
Alongside the official festival, the "In", a number of shows are presented in Avignon at the same time of the year and are known as the "Off".
The 73rd edition of the Festival d'Avignon will take place from July 5th to 28th, 2019.

> The programme - Festival d'Avignon 2019

About the Sorbonne Nouvelle's Drama Studies Department

Created in 1959, the Drama Studies Department was the first of its kind in France, exclusively centered on theatrical studies and performing arts.
Its mission is to instill and elaborate on theatre and performing arts’ historical and theoretical knowledge, in close collaboration with theatre scholars and professionals.

Theatre Summer School 2018 Recap

Read a recap and see photos from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University’s first Theatre Summer School entitled “exploring the actor”, held from 2-20 July 2018 in Paris and Avignon.