Luxembourg European Annual Theatre Summer School

Course Overview

You need three things in the theatre – the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.

Kenneth Haigh (actor)

Course Overview
All courses offered by LEATSS adhere to our ethos of process before product in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, allowing students from various backgrounds and differing experiences to draw maximum benefit from expert teaching.

At present, our regular summer school course follows the Munsbach model developed at our original home in Luxembourg whereby activity revolves entirely around project work designed to accommodate and integrate different strands. Tutors work with students throughout the day and the various projects interweave from time to time : there are sessions where staff move across from one project to another ; particular explorations may be shared or pooled ; there may be developments that briefly pull in the entire student body. By the end of the week, everyone should have sampled something of the experience of everyone else.

We are active throughout each day, with time off on Thursday afternoon and evening. The course is intensive yet the atmosphere is relaxed, and we ensure that there is time – in breaks, around the grounds and winding down at the end of the day – to chat and to chill.
In 2019, a new concept called Project Four will be followed. This draws on the experience of the Munsbach model, yet in a more flexible way so as to ensure cross-pollination of ideas and experience and further creative collaboration.

Since 2015, LEATSS has been offering three additional 2-day Intensive Workshops on particular subjects, much like a master class, but still adhering to the LEATSS ethos of process before product. Students unable to attend the regular summer school can sign up for one, two or even all three workshops. In 2019, these workshops will be replaced by the Unit Courses of Project Four (see Independent Workshops).

The Munsbach Model (2018)
Two courses, generally called Theme and Skills, run throughout the week and each of the four tutors offers one teaching option in each of these two courses. On the first day, the tutors present their options after which students select two, one in Theme and one in Skills. Descriptions of the projects and options offered by each tutor can be found under the relevant sub-menu for that year.

A smaller practical application project called Project 3 involves student director/leaders working with student actors over a number of working sessions. A closer description of this project can be found under the Project 3 sub-menu. In 2018, Project 3 will follow a different, creatively collaborative path.

Project Four (offered in 2019)
This comprises a series of taught courses followed by an interactive but tutor-led project in which different strands of the work done during the early part of the week will be woven into an original whole, thus providing first-hand experience of the collaborative and intuitive nature of theatrical creation.

During the first part of the week, four tutors will each offer a series of free-standing 1½-day unit courses on various topics, of which students can choose three, one in each unit. These independent unit courses run one after another, thus allowing students to freely choose which course they would like to follow in each unit. The final two days will be dedicated to four collaborative projects, each led by one of the tutors. A fifth tutor will be present from the start, coordinating and assisting, while actively guiding the development of the collaborative projects. Students are encouraged to be creatively proactive, but this is by no means essential: the tutors will ensure that the projects are guided and formed.