05 Jun 2016

Venice | Biennale College - Theatre 2016


Biennale College is a project aimed at training young artists, conducted by the Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema sectors of the Biennale di Venezia.  Applications are invited for masterclass workshops to be held 25 July - 14 August.

To encourage young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer.

Following the experience of the International Theatre Workshop, the Theatre section presents the new project by Àlex Rigola which will involve those applicants that the artistic Director of the Theatre Sector of the Biennale considers, at his own discretion and in agreement with the Masters conducting the various workshops, to respond to the goals of each of the workshop experiences described below and the requirements for each of them, an integral part of his 2016 artistic project.

The Biennale College –Theatre project is oriented again this year towards the spirit of a scientific laboratory: a place of inquiry and dialogue. La Biennale, as a space open permanently to discussion and experimentation, wishes to present itself as an opportunity for artists, scholars, spectators, theatre lovers. A veritable factory of ideas to explore the potential of theatre: languages, codes, techniques and technology, the theatre sciences, all provide the guidelines for a systematic evaluation, led by masters and experts from all over the world.

  • The workshops of the Biennale College – Theatre 2016

The programme requires participants to attend the workshops in the morning and through the early afternoon, the meetings with the Masters of the College in the late afternoon, and in the evening the performances presented at the 2016 Theatre Biennale and the open-doors events of the companies-in-residence and of the workshops underway at the time.

The deadline for submission of applications is June 5th, 2016.

Brief info on the workshops programme (see website for full details):


    Dates: 26 July –  1 August

    Language: French / Spanish / Italian

    For: This workshop is intended for multifaceted professionals who engage in a practice of the body (dance/circus/theatre/music)

    Participants: 15 active participants / 5 auditors


    Dates: 25 - 31 July 2016

    Language: Italian / Spanish

    For: anyone interested in the project

    Participants: 15 active / 5 auditors


    Dates: 1 – 7 August 2016

    Language: English (The workshop will be led predominantly in English but other languages can be spoken on stage)

    For: twelve actors and three directors. All fifteen participants should have a particular interest or background in movement or dance.

    Participants: 15 active / 5 auditors


    Dates: 1 – 3 August 2016

    Language: Italian

    For: directors (under 38)

    Participants: 15 active / 5 auditors


    Dates: 26 – 29 July 2016

    Language: English (spoken at a satisfactory level)

    For: dramaturges/playwrights
    Participants: (15 active / 5 auditors)

    Dates: 8-11 August 2016

    Language: English (Satisfactory level)

    For: Actors

    Participants: 15 active + 5 auditors


    Dates: 6 - 14 August 2016

    6 -7 August: 2 days of rehearsal among the Participants to learn, prepare and rehearse (in pairs) scenes no more than 3 minutes long from Macbeth

    8 - 14 August: workshop with the Maestro

    Language: English / Italian (an excellent level of English is not required)

    For: young, professional, classical actors who are either in training or have recently completed training
    Participants: (20 active)


    Dates: 7-9 August 2016

    Language: Portuguese / Italian

    For: directors or actors interested in the experience of being a director

    Participants: 14 active / 6 auditors


    Dates: 30 July – 5 August 2016

    Language: English

    For:  directors, writers, researchers, architects, multimedia artists, playwrights, stage designer, artists, journalists and performers (It isn’t a technical acting workshop)

    Participants: 15 active / 5 auditors


    Dates: 4 - 10 August 2016

    Language: English / Italian

    For: actors and performers primarily, directors not excluded

    Participants: 15 active / 5 auditors


    Dates: 1 – 7 August 2016

    Language: Lithuanian / Italian

    For: actors

    Participants: 15 active and 5 auditors


    Dates: 8-14 August 2016

    Language: English

    For: Actors

    Participants: 15 actors + 5 auditors


    Dates: 30 July - 14 August 2016

    Language: Italian / Spanish

    For: 4 under-30 journalists / bloggers / videomakers /community managers who wish to work with communication and theatre by giving coverage to the Biennale Theatre College 2016 + 1 editor/blogger under 35, who has worked for at least 2 years for blogs, websites, printed newspapers or magazines in the theatre, performance, or live performance sector.


    Dates: 25 – 31 July 2016

    Language: French / English

    For: Performers + playwrights and actors

    Participants: 15 active and 5 auditors


    Dates: 10-14 August 2016

    Language: English

    For: The participants should be working playwrights, with at least one piece already produced by a theatre.  They will need to work in English, with English language at the level B.2 as defined in The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Participants: 15 active participants + 5 auditors


    Dates: 1-5 August 2016

    Language: English

    For: Playwrights

    Participants: 15 active and 5 auditors


    Dates: 6 - 9 August
    Language: German / Italian
    For: Directors, playwrights, dramaturges, set designers
    Participants: 15 active and 5 auditors