• Department/School
  • Accademia Teatro Dimitri
  • Course director
  • Corinna Vitale
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Theatre
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (90 ECTS over two years)
  • Language
  • English
  • Application fee
  • When the application is made the following fees must be paid: CHF 50 for examination of the “dossier”, and a further CHF 150 for the enrolment to the examination. These fees are not reimbursable and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1’200. No contribution to didactic costs is required.
  • Centre
  • Verscio
  • Start date
  • 16 September 2019
  • Application deadline
  • 20 April 2019
  • Description
  • The Master of Arts in Theater (specialisation in Physical Theater) is aimed at professionals and graduates of the performing arts. The Master is part of the Master-Campus-Theater-CH which unites the schools of theater in Zürich, Bern and Lausanne.
    The actor, as a writer, creator, and interpreter, is at the center of artistic creation. The training, structured modularly and composed of workshops, courses, and seminars, allows each student to develop their own expressive capacity in terms of composition and theatrical creation, to cultivate their own aptitude for theatrical reflection and self-criticism.


A theatre artist striving to succeed in the competitive arena of today’s physical theatre scene must combine creative talent with organizational and management skills. Devising a play from scratch, usually with personal material, is a complex process. It calls for a combination of traditionally separate functions in the theatre, such as author, director, and player. The Master curriculum aims to integrate these functions with the aim of empowering the student to become a complete theatre artist.


More specifically, we focus on the development of three particular competences:

  • Artistic competence
    Our students assume the responsibility of continuing their training after graduation, working to increase their artistic potential. They become more aware of the creative process itself and learn to use the work-in-progress to enhance specific artistic skills, continually enlarging their range of expression according to the challenges of their specific subject-matter.
  • Communicative competence
    Students develop the capacity to translate an idea into theatrical actions and to create a stage composition ready to be presented to the public. From initiating a project to writing a dossier, identifying the appropriate space for performance and finding theatrical forms for their ideas – all these stages on the path towards a final product enhance the competence to communicate and convey ideas to a production team and, ultimately, to the audience.
  • Reflective competence
    Students learn to perceive their own stage work in a historic continuum of an artistic practice that we call theatre, with all its cultural, social, political and economic influences and implications. Moreover, they are expected to develop the capacity to reflect on their own artistic choices and decisions and to switch sides between stage and audience, combining the functions of the persuasive performer and the critical spectator.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor degree in theatre, dance, circus arts or an equivalent diploma. Candidates who display exceptional artistic talent can be admitted on the basis of their dossier (without an academic degree).

Application: complete entry form and dossier including all the required documents.

Admission: if the dossier meets the expected standard the candidate will be invited to an interview and a practical exam.

Career prospects

A theatre artist striving to succeed in the competitive arena of today's physical theatre scene must combine creative talent with organisational and management skills. The range of career opportunities for Master graduates is very wide and covers all fields of performing arts as well as its pedagogy.