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Austria: Physical Theatre Workshop

Photo from program partner International University Global Theatre Experience


The Austria J-Term program is an intensive workshop in physical theatre hosted by the International University Global Theatre Experience.  Students will begin the J-Term on campus, where Dr. Cooper and Dr. Popple from the Theatre Department will introduce them to the work of Physical Theatre. They will then all travel together to Austria. After an acclimatization stay in Vienna, the group will settle in at the Retzhof Castle in Graz, where the full-immersion theatre workshop will begin in earnest.  

Students will investigate, live and breathe the works of Stanislovsky, Chekhov and Meyerhold under the direction of Russian physical theatre specialist Sergei Ostrenko.  They will learn exercises that lead to deeper self-awareness and control over their physical instrument so that they can best express emotions and characters on stage.

Following a week of intensive theatre training, the group will return to Vienna to celebrate, reflect, and explore the theatrical heritage of the Austrian Capital before returning home for the final days of class to end the J-term experience.  It is an ideal program for theatre majors or minors, students who participate in theatrical productions and performers of all varieties.


Eligibility and program cap: Requires sophomore status and a 2.00 GPA.  Due to the structure of the theatre workshop, this program is capped at ten students.

Course(s) and credits: All students will enroll in the January THEA: Physical Theatre Lab course (four credits, number TBD).

Faculty contacts: For more information, please contact S. Cooper (theatre).

Dates: 2020 January course & travel with required Fall Semester 2019 pre-departure orientation meetings.

Budget and fees

Program fee: $3,235. Augie Choice eligible for juniors and seniors.

Includes: Airfare, ground transportation, lodging, all meals in Graz, group meals in Vienna, theatre workshop, and international travel health insurance.

Does not include: individual meals in Vienna and accommodation in Rock Island (for off-campus students), discretionary spending.

Out of pocket estimate: $200-$400