The participating Universities

Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu

The theatre department of the Lucian Blaga University, founded in 1996, enjoys a unique position in Romania due to its strong relationship with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival as well as the Radu Stanca National Theatre, where Prof. Constantin Chiriac, head of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, plays the key role. The two study programmes »Dramatic Art and Theatre« and »Culture Management« were ranked in first place among the Theatre Schools in Romania, following an evaluation made by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2011.


Bogdan Sărătean | Director
Bogdan Saratean studied philosophy at Cluj University as well as dramatic art and directing at UNATC (National University of Theatre Art and Cinema) in Bucharest. In 2006 he won two prizes at the Young Actor’s Gala Hop. In 2007 he founded the Trimbulinzii Theater Company and from 2009 he has been the President of the BIS Cultural Association. He is an actor at the Radu Stanca National Theatre, Sibiu and he teaches dranatuc art at the Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. He has played over twenty roles and has staged plays by August Strindberg, Maurice Maeterlinck, Haruki Murakami, Alessandro Baricco, William Shakespeare et al.

Shanghai Theatre Academy

Shanghai Theatre Academy was founded in 1945, and ranks among the top institutes of higher learning in arts education in China. There are Departments of Acting, Stage Design, Directing, and Dramatic Literature, and four insitutions (Chinese Opera, Dance, Film & Television, and Creativity Studies), as well as study preparation courses in the areas of Chinese Opera School and School. Over the years, the Shanghai Theatre Academy has made a key contribution to the development of culture and art both in China and abroad.



Lu Ang | Director

Lu Ang is a scholar, professor and Chairman of the Directing Department at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Lu has directed over 60 different theatre plays including modern drama, western Opera, dance theatre, puppetry, experimental theatre and various genres of Chinese opera. He has recieved many awards in stage art, including ‘the new century brilliant director’. Lu's studies and works focus on the fusion and comparison of traditional far-eastern theatre and modern western theatre.

Drama Academy Ramallah

The first academic institute of higher education for actors on Palestinian territory was founded in the winter semester of 2009/10 with the support of the Folkwang University of the Arts and within the framework of the “Future for Palestine” initiative. In addition to the implementation of curriculum, an exchange programme allows students the opportunity for regular artistic contacts and exchange of experiences with their German partners. The Drama Academy is sponsored by the Mercator Foundation and the German Foreign Office. Following the Festival, the Goethe Institute will support the guest performance of Folkwang's “Romeo and Juliet” to take place in Ramallah.


Ghazi Zaghbani | Director

Director, play writer and actor, he graduated from the High Instituteof Dramatic Arts in Tunis in 2002. Zaghbani has staged various plays by international dramatists such as Ionesco, Genet and Beckett. He has particular experience with the Korean National Theatre, having staged plays there such as »The Echo of the World«, »The Silk Path« and »The Truth of Brotherhood«. He has actedr in many theatre plays, TV dramas and several cinema films. In 2013, Zaghbani worked on »The Date«, based on Beckett's »Waiting for Godot« and »The Lesson« by Ionesco.


Folkwang University of the Arts

The drama study course at the Folkwang University of the Arts is one of the most prestigious theatre schools in the German-speaking world. The Folkwang concept of interdisciplinary cooperation (Physical Theatre, Dance, Music Theatre, Musical) is particularly pursued in this course. Through international workshops and projects as well as the integration of students and lecturers from abroad, the department has gained much experience in the interplay of different cultures and theatrical traditions.


Brian Michaels | Director

Brian Michaels was born in London and studied philosophy at the University of Sussex. In 1973 he moved to Germany, where he worked on various community projects. In 1978 he founded the first German immigrants' theatre with a group of Sicilian workers. Having created a similar project for the State Theatre in Stuttgart in 1984, he was then asked to work for the State Opera House on a permanent basis. Since then, he has worked as a freelance director in both theatre and opera. Since 1994 Michaels has been Professor of Acting | Directing at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

The Ludwik Solski State Drama School

The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow was formed in 1946. At present the school runs master study courses in the areas if dramic art, acting direction, puppetry and dance theatre. The school cooperates with various international partners. The unique character of the school is also shaped by its close relationship with the theatres in Cracow, whose quality is deeply ingraines in the Ludwik Solski State Drama School.


Paweł Swiatek | Director

Paweł Swiatek (*1989) is a student of the Directing Department at theLudwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow, his mentors being Krystian Lupa andMikolaj Grabowski. He worked as assistant to Jerzy Stuhr, Maja Kleczewska and René Pollesch. His debut based on texts by Samuel Beckett, took place in the Kochanowski Theatrein Opole (2011). He also supervised the graduation productions of students of the Acting Department in 2012. His most recent staging was »The Peacock Queen« at the National Old Theatre in Cracow (10/2012). He is currently working at the Polish Theatre in Wroclaw.