Contemporary theater is subject to many structural and paradigmatic changes. In its actors training, the University for Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) wants to stay abreast of these changes. The aim is to cultivate creative actors’ personalities who have mastered classical and modern techniques of acting, are capable of reflecting aesthetic positions and their own contemporariness from an artistic, historic and social point of view, show responsibility and initiative as soloists and actors in an ensemble and are also able to communicate their artistic personality.
In the context of other performing arts, the training of actors will in the future form even stronger alliances with stage direction, dance, opera and musical theater and simultaneously be associated with neighboring educational institutions such as the Academy of Design/HfG (video and film), the University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg (audio books), as well as the Dramaturgy department at the Goethe-University and Applied Theater Studies in Giessen via shared courses, classes and projects. In the Hessian Theater Academy network (HTA), close proximity to theatrical practice at Hessian theaters is intensified by student participation in productions and actors and directors visiting the program to teach. Key aspects of the future profile are: high standards due to intensive and personal mentoring, close association with theatrical practice through the Hessian Theater Academy network (HTA), placement at theaters through collaboration with artists on a national and international level, quality enhancement through an interdisciplinary approach.
The program covers six basic pillars of education: body, voice, theory, scene study, media awareness and career placement. In the movement classes, we focus on body development and movement techniques that enable students to perform on stage. These are e.g. regular classes in Feldenkrais, Tai-Chi, dance improvisation, tap dance and ballroom dance, acrobatics, masque, stage fighting and workshops on pantomime, Lecoq or clownery. In the field of voice training and text analysis, we offer group classes and individual tutorials, in which various teaching methods are taught and supplemented with singing lessons. Classes on theory cover the history of theater, performance analysis, in-depth text study and the discussion of social-political issues that may become the starting point of a theater project. To integrate new media into the training, we offer classes in microphone use at the Hessian Broadcasting Station and Acting for Camera in workshops, as well as promote the participation in the production of short movies. To prepare students for their future profession, knowledge of theater law, production management and how to get in touch with agencies are increasingly emphasized. Scene studies and character development classes profit from the lecturers’ professional experience in various fields including performing on stage themselves. The diverse group of lecturers gives students the chance to get to know different approaches towards roles and character development as well as develop their own approaches. Regular classes are supplemented by workshops led by renowned artists, and the results of each semester are presented in scene demonstrations, student projects, song recitals, as well as productions. Moreover, from the end of the third semester onwards, students may accept shooting dates or temporary theater engagements, after prior consultation with the director of the program.
The program has three regular professors and over twenty lecturers, who task is to prepare students for the various modes of acting in contemporary theater as well as provide individual coaching. This is only possible in classes of no more than eight students per year. A study semester abroad is also possible. We are very proud that the renowned dramaturge Prof. Marion Tiedtke could be won as director of the program. Having worked as a dramaturge at the Münchner Kammerspiele under the artistic direction of Frank Baumbauer, she contributed significantly to development of the theater’s profile and has worked with various directors, among them Andreas Kriegenburg, Amélie Niermeyer, Luk Perceval, Thomas Ostermeier and Martin Kusej.
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Eschersheimer Landstraße 29-39
60322 Frankfurt am Main
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