Luxembourg European Annual Theatre Summer School
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.
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, as an offshoot of the Munsbach model, a new course aimed at encouraging creative and interactive approaches to theatre will be offered. This Course D, will be a full-week practical exploration of how inspiration can become creative reality in an open and collaborative process, developing meaning and material and evolving strands of work into a coherent and satisfying narrative.
Since 2015, LEATSS has been offering 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, only one workshops will be offered (see Independent Workshops).
The Munsbach Model
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 2019, Project 3 will follow a more creatively collaborative path.