Summer Theatre Courses in Greece

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Hydrama Theatre and Arts Centre:
Hydrama Theatre & Arts Centre offers a two-week intensive Greek theatre course, as well as general theatre and drama summer programs for theatre professionals, actors, teachers, classics or drama students (adults of all ages, 18 years+). Established in 1999, and run by experienced theatre practitioners, Hydrama offers participants a unique opportunity to train, rehearse and perform in a Greek amphitheatre on the beautiful and cosmopolitan island of Hydra (just one hour by sea from Athens). The training methods taught are applicable and relevant to all forms of theatre.

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Summer Greek Theatre / General Theatre & Drama Courses for Adults (18+)

"Acting to the Gods" - 2-week Intensive Summer Drama Program:
Photo of Summer Theatre Courses in GreeceThis summer program is suitable for theatre professionals, actors, teachers, classics or drama students. A maximum of 12 participants are selected for this course and we welcome a diversity of nationality, age and experience. Set in Greece, where theatre originated 2,500 years ago, the course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the ritualistic origins of theatre in its birthplace, to train, rehearse and perform in a Greek amphitheatre, and to attend a performance at the spectacular Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.

The course follows a daily schedule of six hours of classes, rehearsals and workshops led by experienced professional theatre directors. The course trains actors to use their voice and body in large open spaces - in a beautiful setting which echoes theatre's origins - and provides invaluable skills with which to approach the Greek-sourced plays which are increasingly performed in all major theatres. 

Classes/Workshops include:
Image of Summer Theatre Courses in GreeceBirth and Cult of Theatre; Improvisation; Character Work; Masks; Chorus Work; Greek Dance; Movement; Voice and Text Work.

The first days of the course will focus on the background to theatre's Greek origins, plays and themes and contemporary theatrical influence and significance. Practical/hands-on classes intensify as the course progresses. The training methods taught are applicable and relevant to all forms of theatre. The course culminates with a public and filmed ("work-in progress") performance in the Hydrama amphitheatre. A Certificate of Participation is awarded on successful completion of the course.

Optional Field Trips:
- During the course: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (performance  and theatre museum).

- Before or after the course: Visits to further sites in Athens (Herod Atticus Theatre, Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis etc.) or Delphi (Sanctuary, Oracle, Theatre) and/or additional accommodation in Athens or Delphi can be easily arranged.

Greek Theatre & General Theatre Study Courses, Workshops:

Photos of Hydrama Theatre and Arts CentreWe offer a range of summer theatre courses, workshops and training for anyone who may be interested in setting up a course in Hydra. Courses are individually designed to meet participants’ requirements and combine theory with practice - as well as with leisure and cultural activities.

Courses / Workshops include:
Voice-work, Movement, Dance, Drama games, Improvisation, Character-building, Masks, Text analysis, Chorus-work. The origins and development of ancient Greek drama, Greek language & culture

For further details on our summer programs, including dates and rates, please email us via our "Contact Us" page.

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Address: Hydra, Athens, Greece
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2023-10-01 were from:

Maharashtra, India; Boston Massachusetts, USA; Houston Tx, USA; Sydney, Australia; Sassoferrato, Italy; Ä°stanbul/Turkey, Turkey; and more.