What is the Stanislavsky Summer School?

We are the oldest international program of the renowned Moscow Art Theatre School. Established in 1992 in Boston by Oleg Tabakov, Artistic Director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre who was then the Dean of the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) School, it has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. While our first class was only 17 students, we have trained over 750 students total.

We teach Stanislavsky System the way it is taught today at the Moscow Art Theatre School. We are the teachers of that School, actors and directors of the Moscow Art Theatre. We think that the Stanislavsky System is the grammar of acting. We are not teaching a particular style, or a genre. Instead we are trying to help each actor finding a way to him or her own self.

What are the dates?

Our 2019 summer session runs for four weeks, July 15 - August 11 (Extended and Advanced) options. There are two Introductory sessions each two-weeks long: July 15-28 and July 29 - August 11.

Why Riga?

Two reasons: first of all we are in love with the city!  Secondly, our friends in Riga really liked the idea of us coming. We thought it was time to change the set, to broaden the circle of friends and students. We are certain – you will also like it in Riga!

Where is the School located?

You will find us on a quiet street in the city center, near the Train Station. In the Cultural Center The Moscow House.  Here we found everything we need to run the summer school: well lit classrooms and studios, wide hallways, showers, and even a green room and a cafeteria. 

What is the schedule of classes like?

Here is the schedule for the Intro and Extended groups. Morning classes (9:00 - 12:00) are scheduled in groups – acting exercises, movement, and voice. After lunch break there is a Master Class for the entire School (13:00 - 15:00). The rest of the day there are scene study rehearsals (15:30 - 19:30) – both faculty supervised and independent.  Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday, Sunday is off. The program culminates with the Scene Study Showcase for invited audiences. 

What languages are spoken at the School?

All classes at the School are taught in English. Some exceptions can be made in the Scene Study class. Our directors speak Russian, English and Latvian.  

How many students are in a group?

Each group is usually 10-15 students. 

Is the program designed primarily for the Americans?

No. In 25 years in the United States we have worked with students from 22 countries, and we certainly hope to expand that list!

How much will I have to pay?

Tuition is from €900 to €1,800. This amount does not include room and board. You can make your payment here uising major credit card or PayPal account. 

What about room and board?

We offer single- and double-room housing at special rates in hotels and hostels nearby the School. The canteen at the School will be serving hot meals twice a day. 

Do I need a visa to go to Latvia?

Most likely, you will not need a visa, since Latvia is EU member, as well as Schengen Treaty participant. Latvia also has visa waiver treaties with many other countries. For a full list please visit this link

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