The Stage Direction course at the Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts (ADK Bayern) is oriented towards training to work as a stage director. Besides attempting to discern the individual artistic profile of the stage direction student, great importance is also attached to the guidance of actors and actresses with due consideration for the actor's/actress's perspective. Only one or two training places are offered per year.
Theatre pedagogical impulses also promote access to modern, contemporary Regietheater (Director's Theatre). Independent directing projects under sensitive supervision during training lay the foundation for forming a distinctive directorial signature.
The aim is to develop the skills to cooperatively shape the nature of working in the theater and enable the theater to flourish artistically and thematically.
The Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts is a state-funded and state-accredited private Specialist Academy for Acting, Stage Direction and Theater Education. It is also accredited in respect of the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG), a federal law in support of education for which students can apply individually. The Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts offers students a tuition-free, four-year training in the Stage Direction course.
Qualification upon graduation: "State certified Stage Director" (Specialist Academy).
Training is divided into a foundation course (years 1 and 2) and a main course (years 3 and 4).
In the first year, teaching is conducted jointly with the students in the Acting and Theater Education courses.
Starting already in the first year of the course, teaching is organized in the context of one-on-one, small group and ensemble lessons.
Lessons are scheduled for full-day participation from Monday to Friday, occasionally supplemented on weekends by theater productions and workshops.