Drama Academy Ramallah _ 2009 to 2018
A 9-year cooperation project with Palestine
The Drama Academy Ramallah, the first and only Drama Academy in Palestine, has been training Palestine actors and actresses from 2009 to 2018. As the funding of the Drama Academy has come to an end on the conclusion of the 2018 summer semester, teaching activities have ceased. In cooperation with the Folkwang University of the Arts, students have graduated each year at the Drama Academy Ramallah for a total of seven years. The graduates have made a significant contribution to the cultural and educational sector in Palestine.
The Drama Academy Ramallah was established in 2009 under the patronage of the then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with financial support from the Mercator Foundation. Originally with initial funding for three years, and then with extraordinary follow-up funding – amounting to 460,000 Euros in total. This ensued as part of the „Future for Palestine“ initiative together with the Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. The former Theatre Director Dr. Volkmar Clauß was responsible for the project management. The Folkwang University of the Arts – particularly the Acting study course – was responsible for the artistic and pedagogical conception in this project and supervising the structural processes. By this means, it was intended to „foster cultural cooperation and support the peace process in the Middle East using visible measures on a sustainable basis“. This was the goal expressly declared in 2009 by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Since 2013, the German Foreign Office has also supported the project with funding totalling 540,000 Euros. The total funding provided by all project partners has amounted to some 1.53 million Euros.