Drama Academy Ramallah
As part of the ‘Future for Palestine’ initiative, the Mercator Foundation and the Folkwang Hochschule together with the Palestinian Al-Kasaba Theatre are setting up the Ramallah Drama Academy. The Mercator Foundation is providing 300,000 euros over three years (2009 to 2012) for this purpose. The Folkwang Hochschule will be responsible for the artistic and pedagogical conception and will supervise the structural processes, thus fostering cultural cooperation and giving long-term support to the peace process in the Middle East through visible measures.
The cultural sector in the Palestinian zones has been severely neglected in the past few years because of the difficult political conditions. There have been no professional training locations for theater and the performing arts on the West Bank until now. This first drama school in Palestine will commence tuition in October 2009 and will accept 15 students each year. The training is designed to take three years and will meet the standards of a Bachelor’s course. The first qualifying examinations will be held in summer in Palestine and will be supervised by teachers of the Folkwang Hochschule and Palestinian lecturers.
More information can be found in the press release. (in german)
A brochure about the first drama school in Palestine has been produced and is available from the Folkwang University of the Arts.
You can also download it by clicking on the right (5.4 MB).