Acting: Intensive training in St. Petersburg



The St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy offers intensive courses of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors. These are available in English or through interpreters.

One of the oldest and largest acting schools in Europe, the Academy is today best known for teaching the Etude Method of Acting. Stanislavsky’s Method, as used in America, while a highly effective technique for actors, is greatly simplified from how it was originally practiced in Russia and how many in Russia utilize it today.

The Etude Method, developed largely from Stanislavsky’s Method, and as used by the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy today, combines intense physical and vocal training with improvisation to help reveal the psychology of a character and the emotion of a scene.

These courses are offered directly through The St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. Any questions about application, enrollment, and other issues should be addressed directly to the Academy. Those students requiring additional support in such issues as obtaining insurance and securing credit transfer may contact SRAS about their visiting scholar services.

Courses Offered

Term Acting
Study intensively for one semester with the academy’s renowned class of acting and class of movement. Applicants should have taken at least one semester of an acting program (major or minor) at thier home university. Admission is based on individual interview through email or skype. The application should be started at least one month prior to the semester. Dormitory accomodation is availalbe.

International Teachers Welcome
Professional theatre teachers of acting, directing, voice and speech, movement come to observe classes at the Academy. In accordance with your personal interests and duration of the trip, you will be offered a specially tailored program including scheduled visits to several classes of the Academy’s best teachers, one of the leading professionals as a consultant of the program, free access to the Academic Theatre performances, and semester presentations of students from acting and directing classes as well exhibitions of students-designers.

Workshops and Seminars
The Academy also offers workshops, seminars, and short courses on various subjects from acting to puppet theatre.


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