Department of Acting
Head of the department is Prof. Silvia Zygouris.
The department office is run by Louise Bromby, who will be glad to answer any questions.
The programme comprises the subjects drama (16 hours per week), speech, motion, fencing, lied interpretation, artistic speech, acrobatics, pantomime, holistic voice training, and rhythmics; it is complemented by theoretical subjects and courses such as choral declamation, radio play, or performing in front of the camera. Renowned theatre professionals are regularly invited to give workshops. In addition, members of our faculty frequently appear as guest lecturers on stages and at schools in Germany and abroad.
Since 1965 the department has been most successful with a particular study programme: Following a two-year period of basic course work at the Hochschule, drama students spend their third and fourth year in practical training at a studio. These studios are affiliated with the leading theatres of the region, i.e. Dresden, Chemnitz, and Leipzig, as well as since 2005 Halle/Saale. The students participate in productions of these houses and develop a studio production of their own. This type of practice-oriented training is unique in German-speaking countries.
In their seventh semester students are given the opportunity to participate in a public audition at the Zentrale Bühnen- und Fernsehvermittlung (central stage and TV placement agency, ZBF) in order to demonstrate their artistic qualifications.
Another unique feature of the Leipzig Department of Drama is the annual summer theatre presented by students at the end of their second year.
Application Deadlines | Qualifying Exams
The Department of Drama has a two-step admission procedure – prospective students first have to register for an aptitude test and only upon its successful completion may be invited to the actual qualifying exam. Applications may be sent in at any time, but only applications submitted before February 28 will be considered for the following winter term.
Schedules and locations of the courses for first- and second-year students are announced within the department (notice board); advanced students have to consult the rehearsal schedules of the theatres and studios.
The regularly recurring subjects (scene and roll rehearsal, projects, studio productions, etc., casts and faculty) as well as the exam schedules and topics will be determined by the department heads and also announced via notice board.