AKT-ZENT was founded in 1995, 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 to conduct the ITI project “The World Theatre Training Library”.
It 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 to explore the inclusion of different cultures of the world.
Laboratories, master classes and seminars are held with the objective of exploring and imparting methodological principles; the M.A. Teaching Professional Theatre Practice introduces the training of trainers on University level as part of a world-wide research on theatre training methods, namely the World Theatre Training Library to be published world-wide; Methodika, the biannual international festival for training methods brings specialists together; ars incognita is the association’s own series of publications sharing research results in theatre handbooks.
programme director: Christine Schmalor