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Area of Study:
Theatre and Dance
Language of Instruction:
Theatre and Performance Studies at the Moscow Art Theatre
This study abroad program is coordinated by the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO), in cooperation with the NIU School of Theatre and Dance and the Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia.
The NIU Moscow Art Theatre Semester offers undergraduate students a living experience with one of the most accomplished and groundbreaking theaters in the world. This is the eighth offering in an institutional relationship between the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance and the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). This program is in response to a growing interest among American students in Russian repertory theatres and the rich theatrical tradition that flows from Konstantin Stanislavsky and his theatre company—MXAT.
Students will become sophisticated in different and varied acting techniques and the Russian theatre via immersion in the culture, history, literature, films, and plays. Development will also be enhanced by attending performances in a variety of Moscow theatres as well as meeting with a number of prominent Russian theatre artists. Russia’s role in the European and global community has attracted wide interest from those compelled to theatre, Russian playwrights, and culture. The Russian theatre stands as a model for understanding acting, directing, design and play writing. Students will concentrate on the style and text of Russian authors. They will also tour museums and theatres in order to better understand the Russian theatre and its effect on contemporary acting and literature. Directors, actors, theatre scholars, and teachers of the MXAT School will administer daily instruction to the NIU School of Theatre and Dance students. Teaching will focus on acting, voice, movement, and Russian theatre history. Students will be taking daily classes at the MXAT School.