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Theatre Summer School / Paris - Avignon

Welcome to the Sorbonne Nouvelle University's first Theatre Summer School on the theme of "Exploring the actor".

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.

A Summer School in three steps

2nd to 10th July 11th to 17th July 18th to 20th 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
Workshop at the
Sorbonne Nouvelle,
to link the conferences,
shows and students’

> Click here to download the detailed programme of the Summer School [PDF - 348 Ko]

Exploring the actor

How can we understand the actor’s role and his relationship to the spectator? What is the actor’s ‘performance’?  What is his role in the writing and creation process of a play? What is his role in society? Can the actor truly separate himself from his character? How do modern technologies alter the actor’s performance and the spectator’s experience? To what extent is the actor bound to his appearance/body? How does a costume shape the actor’s body? How is an actor trained, nowadays? How does the actor’s memory work? What is the actor’s lasting imprint?

Our Summer School aims to explore these main questions through an approach that combines theory, analysis and debate around the shows seen in Avignon.

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

Programme fee

The fee for the Theatre Summer School programme is € 1850, including:

  • 3 weeks of courses and workshops in Paris and Avignon
  • 11 shows in Paris and Avignon : 10 shows at the Festival d'Avignon (8 official shows and 2 shows from the OFF Festival) and 1 show in Paris
  • transportation to/from Avignon
  • accommodation and breakfast in Avignon


You must enroll until April 1st, 2018 by completing the online enrollment form.

The Festival d’Avignon is an internationally renowned festival that attracts thousands of visitors each year. In order to guarantee entrance to the shows, tickets must be booked well in advance, which is why this relatively short deadline has been set.

Places are limited to 25 participants.

Additional fees

Additional fees apply for :

    Courses will begin on July, 2nd. Please arrive in before this date to guarantee your attendance. Last day of class will be on July 20th.


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

    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.

    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 a student single room for the whole month at about 800 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 one week to make a bank transfer of 1850 euros. 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 June 25, 2018

Practical information

When: 2-20 July 2018

Where: Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle University) and Avignon

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

Fees: € 1850, including:
  • all workshops and conferences
  • shows in Paris and Avignon
  • transportation to/from Avignon
  • accommodation and half pension in Avignon

Until April 1st, 2018 by completing the online enrollment form.
Places are limited to 25 participants.

All sessions will be held in English and will be carried out by professors from the Sorbonne Nouvelle Drama Studies Department.

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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.

About the 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 72nd edition of the Festival d'Avignon will take place from July 6th to 24th, 2018.