Study Abroad Options in Theatre
All School of Theatre students have the option to study abroad. In all cases, students can choose from any of BU’s Study Abroad offerings to challenge their growth and development.
In the Acting, Stage Management, Theatre Arts‑Performance, and Theatre Arts‑Design & Production majors, the spring semester of the junior year is the designated study abroad semester, which is built into the curriculum for all four majors. Students will work with their academic advisor, faculty mentor, and the BU Study Abroad office to identify and apply for the program(s) they are interested in, beginning in their sophomore year.
Students in the Costume Design, Costume Production, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Sound Design, and Technical Production majors may also petition to study abroad, generally in either the spring semester of the junior year or the fall semester of the senior year. Students in these majors who are interested in studying abroad should consult with their faculty mentor and academic advisor to determine if studying abroad fits into their specific artistic and academic trajectory, including how the abroad program will fit into their major of choice. If they determine that it does, the student will write a formal petition articulating their goals for the semester, including any agreed-upon course substitutions, and present it to their faculty mentor, who will bring the petition to the Design & Production faculty for final approval. If approved, the student will work with their academic advisor, faculty mentor, and the BU Study Abroad office to apply for the program(s) they are interested in.
School of Theatre students should not feel limited to a semester studying theatre, and can explore the dozens of different abroad programs offered through BU Study Abroad in locations around the world. In previous semesters, students have studied in London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Padua, Sydney, and many more. Contact BU Study Abroad for more information about currently available sites for study.
Theatre Studies Abroad
In the event a student does want to pursue theatre studies in their abroad semester, the School of Theatre has established partnerships with conservatory-style, studio-specific training semester programs in London, England, with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) as well as in Arezzo, Italy, with the Accademia dell’Arte, and also offers a theatre-focused internship track in London, England:
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the leading drama schools in the English-speaking world. The Academy’s teaching faculty comprises both experienced permanent staff and a number of outside specialists and professionals who focus on classical training. LAMDA studio courses focus on Shakespearean and Jacobean tragedy, as well as Restoration comedy.
Arezzo Physical Theatre Program (Accademia dell’Arte)
The Accademia dell’Arte is an internationally recognized institution providing students of theater, music, and dance the opportunity for an intensive semester of study with world-renowned masters of their craft. The first half of the program comprises daily training in movement, extended vocal techniques, and Italian language. Intensive workshops follow and entail studies in Commedia and an introduction to performance topics including mask-making and clown.
London Internship Program in Theatre (LIP)
SOT students may take advantage of the school’s London Internship Program (LIP). Students enrolled in LIP will study the various aspects of the theatre industry through a unique combination of coursework and hands-on experience in a full-time field placement internship. The professional portion of the LIP allows students to study the theatre industry in one of the most vibrant theatre communities of the classic and modern world. Students are placed in various fields of production, development, administration, casting, or marketing. The academic portion of the LIP includes two phases of study: a first phase of five weeks, followed by a second phase of eight weeks, which includes the internship experience.