The World Theatre Training Institute was founded in 1995 as AKT-ZENT International Theatre Centre Berlin, under the artistic direction of Dr. Jurij Alschitz, to provide a framework for continuous learning, experiment, and research. In 2011, AKT-ZENT was appointed research centre of the International Theatre Institute, World Organisation for the Perfoming Arts to conduct the ITI project “The World Theatre Training Library”. In 2017, it became the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI.
The Institute is the lead organisation for the European Association for Theatre Culture (EATC) – an unusual network of ideas – with the shared objective of acquiring, accumulating, and disseminating knowledge and theatre expertise. Over the years the unique “Team Teaching” model that has been developed with a European ensemble of teachers teaching a self-enclosed pedagogic system in a fully multi-lingual environment with the emphasis on exploring the inclusion of different cultures of the world.
The World Theatre Training Institute marks a new era of educational practice with a range of innovative projects. The scientific focus lies in the development of hybrid tuition which combines distance learning and contact education through an international team of teachers.
The World Theatre Training Institute has launched its own hybrid theatre platform for online education as a complementary tool for any new programme addressing learners world-wide.