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Theatre Summer School 2018 Recap

2018 Theatre Summer School Participants © DR

The Sorbonne Nouvelle University’s first Theatre Summer School entitled “exploring the actor” was held from 2-20 July 2018 in Paris and Avignon. We were happy to welcome motivated and curious students from universities around the world, all passionate about theatre and acting.

This Summer School was a great opportunity for participants 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.

> Detailed programme of the 2018 Summer School

A Summer School in three steps

2nd to 10th July 2018: Paris
Students attended conferences and workshops at Sorbonne Nouvelle University located in the heart of Paris.
Workshop about The Miser by Molière with Profesor Yasmine Modestine
© Sorbonne Nouvelle / E.Prieto Gabriel

11th to 17th July: Avignon
Participants spent a week at the Festival d’Avignon, one of the most important contemporary performing arts event in the world, with shows and theoretical classes.
© DR

18th to 20th July: Paris again
Workshops at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in order to link the conferences, shows and students’ research.

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Show Highlights

During the 2018 Theatre Summer School, participants discovered a wide range of shows such as:

Il pourra toujours dire que c'est pour l'amour du prophète by Gurshad Shaheman
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre by Milo Rau
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

Joueurs, Mao II, Les Noms by Julien Gosselin
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

Kreatur by Sasha Waltz © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

Trans de Didier Ruiz © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

Iphigénie by Racine – directed by Chloé Dabert  ©Christophe Raynaud de Lage/ Festival d’Avignon

Pur Présent
by Olivier Py ©Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

Summerless by Amir Reza Koohestani ©Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon


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Date of update March 26, 2019

Theatre Summer School 2019


Sorbonne Nouvelle University is currently organizing a second edition of Theatre Summer School in July 2019, entitled “Places and Spaces”.
A detailed programme will be published online in the coming weeks. If you are interested please contact us at

About the Festival d'Avignon

The Festival d'Avignon is an annual theatre 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.

> Programme of the 72nd edition (PDF - 450.2 kb) [PDF - 436 Ko]

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.

Summer School comments

Sofia Barco from University of Malaga, Spain
“The summer school opened my eyes to the contemporary scene. The schedule was logical for dividing my time between learning and visiting the city on my own or with the friends I made in class. The academic content was specific in each course and therefore really interesting and useful. It also gave me the opportunity to go to Avignon and attend performances that I still think of today. And of course, I feel grateful for the knowledge shared by that  the theatre professionals we met.”

Melissa Maramara From Ateneo de Manila University, Philippins
“The Sorbonne Nouvelle Theater Summer School was an experience of a lifetime. Living in Paris and Avignon really deepened our understanding and appreciation of the lessons in special theater topics taught by academics, practitioners and specialists. The cultural exchange with the French teachers and international students, and the mentor-led exposure to European theater inspired creative expressions of our own Filipino theater practices that we were able to share both in France and back home.”

Jan Rey Escanso From Ateneo de Manila University, Philippins
“I attended Sorbonne Nouvelle University’s Theatre Summer School on “Exploring the Actor” because it aligned with my interests as an artist, particularly on the role of an actor in the devising, writing and creation of a play. My favorite part of the program was our 1 week stay in Avignon for the Theater Festival. This immersion to French Theater was what made this program truly special. We were able to watch at least twelve plays, ranging from classical to postmodern theater. This program helped develop my knowledge on different methods and theories in acting and it made me discover different types of theater from different cultures.”

Erika Walter from the University of Cologne, Germany
“The theatre summer school at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris was an enriching experience for me and my studies. In classes competent Professors taught a variety of different topics and theories, which were used to analyse the productions we saw in Avignon. The summer school gave us a platform to discuss every production in detail and from different perspectives. Overall I was happy to participate.”