Department of Authorial Creation and Pedagogy
Studies in English
A 2 year English Language MA Program.
A 3 year English Language BA Program.
Short Term Studies are also available, with no degree requirements.
The Authorial Acting Program at DAMU comes out of the humanist and dialogical traditions. It views performance first and foremost as creative public behaviour. We cultivate creativity of body, voice and of mind in real-time by exploring acting through the lenses of different disciplines – this includes theatre performance. Students are encouraged to go beyond traditional forms of theatre, crossing boundaries and drawing on personal experiences in fields like education, social work and psychology.
Authorial Acting students are guided towards becoming creative personalities – capable of making and standing by their own authorial solo and group work based on their own personal themes. Students grow psychosomatically and gain experience in key areas of human expression: voice, speech, movement, acting, authorial reading, and Dialogical Acting with the Inner Partner (formerly known also as (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner), but also in philosophy, psychology and theatre history. Studies take the form of weekly studio and lecture classes supplemented with intensive workshops with accomplished pedagogues, theoreticians, performers and authors.
The Authorial Acting Program focuses on practical and theoretical explorations of the following questions:
What are authorship and creativity and what does it mean to be an author, a creator?
How does one discover and cultivate personal themes?
How can I / we share these themes in a performance situation, with the self fully and authentically present?
What sort of psychosomatic fitness does that require – and how can I study and develop it?
What is the social, political, and pedagogical significance of our work?
Students pursue multidisciplinary studies, both practical and theoretical, rooted in a psychosomatic (psycho-physical) understanding of the individual (e.g., Stanislavski, M. Chekhov, Brook, Donnellan, Vyskočil, Zarrilli) and a philosophical foundation stemming from humanism, personalism, and the dialogical self (e.g., Buber, Frankl, Fromm, Hermans).
Studied subjects include
Dialogical Acting with the Inner Partner; Authorial Reading (students write and read aloud their authorial texts); Authorial Presentation; Movement (foundational psychosomatics, movement theatre principles, contemporary techniques); Authorial Acting (principles of authorial acting, creating solo and group performances, transforming personal themes into stage pictures); Voice and Speech; History of Theatre; Dramatic Texts Analysis; Philosophy and Psychology as they relate to authorial creation, individuality and the concept of play.
Over the course of their studies, students deepen their understanding of their personal themes and learn how to express them in performance situations. The program nurtures and develops their expressive (psychosomatic) capabilities. They also deeply absorb the ethics of authorial creativity.
At graduation, students are able to create a text outline of a 45-minute authorial performance and know how to structure its stage form. They understand and can explain the authorial aspects of acting in the context of European culture, and understand the basic philosophical, anthropological and psychological aspects of authorship. Students will also be able to understand and explain the principles of using theatrical approaches in non-artistic spheres.
Because our goal is to cultivate self-confident, creative personalities, graduates’ profiles and employment tends to be very diverse. Frequently they work as authors / creators of their own projects of a theatrical, visual, literary, or other nature; some find work in media. Graduates also often work in a variety of pedagogical professions, from youth theatres to universities – often teaching psychosomatic disciplines. Some continue their studies in arts practice based PhD Programs.
Assessment during the Studies
Students are assessed regularly throughout the two-year for MA, resp. three-year for BA Program, primarily through evaluations of written and studio work. If during the course of their studies students are not keeping up to the standards expected, they may be dismissed from the Program. Students must create a final performance and written thesis in order to obtain the degree. They must also defend this work in a final oral defence of the thesis. They are also required to take final theoretical oral examinations. Students may take an additional year to prepare and present their final performance and write their thesis if they have fulfilled all other graduation requirements.
For more information regarding studies at our Department please contact
Vice Head of the English Program, Michaela Raisová, michaela.raisova et damu.cz