Study Abroad

We encourage Theater students to study abroad during their junior or senior year or during the summer.

This is an opportunity for students to explore another culture while continuing their theater training.

Not every study-abroad program is approved by Skidmore, nor will Skidmore or the Department necessarily accept all transfer credit. Skidmore financial aid does not transfer to non-Skidmore programs. When transfer credit is approved, Skidmore College will accept only one course to fulfill maturity level (300 level course) requirements.

Skidmore study abroad programs require students to have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Some programs may require auditions.


The following are programs that are approved by the Department and the College:

The Shakespeare Programme is a fall semester program which offers theater and drama studies in London and Stratford-upon-Avon in England, featuring regular theater visits. Students earn from twelve to eighteen semester hours of credit by taking a combination of studio and theory courses taught by British academics and actors. All courses are Skidmore courses and fulfill a variety of English and Theatre requirements. There is no production component in this program.

The London Theatre Program - British American Dramatic Academy (BADA) offers a fall theatre training program in London, England. Students take an array of acting courses and participate in semester-end productions led by professional directors from the London stage. Students may also apply to the spring semester in BADA's advanced program which also involves production work.

The National Theater Institute offers a semester-long program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut in both the fall and spring semesters. In this accredited program offered each semester, students work together on a series of courses and projects in acting, directing, design, movement, voice and playwriting under the guidance of a professional faculty.

The O'Neill Moscow Art Theatre Semester is an international program offered by NTI every fall at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.

Comedy Studies. Presented by The second City and Columbia College of Chicago, this fall or spring program offers classes (16 credits) including: Creating Scenes Through Improvisation, Acting - Sketch and Theatrical Comedy, Writing Comic Scenes, History and Analysis of Modern Comedy, Context for Comedy, and Physical and Vocal Training for Comedy.

The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland offers 15-credit set curriculum through IES that gives theater students practical performance experience in an Irish context in both the fall and spring semesters. All courses are taught by GSA faculty; courses are partially integrated with both local and IES students. Field study includes visits to Dublin theater performances and a three-day field trip to the historic theater district in London's West End; students share costs with IES.

Spring at Tisch, Film Production. This is a semester long spring program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Film and Television. The core of the program is Sight and Sound film(depending upon experience) accompanied by additional electives including Cinema Studies and Screenwriting.

Summer at Tisch - Film and Television. Beginning Film Production, six-weeks of hands-on, black-and-white, 16mm film workshop during the summer. Other courses include documentary filmmaking, scriptwriting, and video production.

Midsummer at Oxford is a four week intensive conservatory training course offered by BADA every summer at Balliol College, Oxford University in England.

SITI (Saratoga International Theatre Institute) is a four week intensive conservatory training course offered every summer at Skidmore College. Students from world over study View Points and Suzuki Training with members of Anne Bogart's company.

Accademia dell'Arte
The Accademia dell'Arte is dedicated to training, researching and experimenting to realize individual goals and collaborative projects. The location of the school in Arezzo enables students to come into close contact with professional actors, directors, musicians, technicians and numerous artists that make up the world of European theatre and performance. Students experience a rigorous education that takes place in an atmosphere that encourages individual expression and experimentation.

Study at the Accademia combines an intensive Italian language program and academic studies with a semester of high level theatre, music and dance performance training, combining rigorous technical training with the aim of achieving an overall synergy of skills that will help to develop students both professionally and personally.

The program is an introduction to the world of physical theatre and offers participants the opportunity to learn from world-renowned masters of their craft. In the spirit of the actor-creator it provides ensemble-based physical theatre training with an intense focus on movement/body work, vocal techniques and Italian language. Students learn new approaches to performance through their encounter with Commedia dell’arte, interwoven with mask-making and other related performance topics. Students serve as guest artists in residence during a working excursion to either Venice or Naples, participating in a professional-level workshop with Accademia faculty. Students have the opportunity to see professional performances, as well as present their own work generated during the semester both in-house and locally, as assessed by the faculty.

Courses (3 credits each)

  • Commedia dell'Arte: Acting I
  • Voice and Performance
  • Extended Performance Topics: Theatre The Philosophy of Art and Performance
  • Italian Language I or II

Atlantic Acting School. This well-known New York City conservatory trains in the acting technique of Practical Aesthetics developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy offers two summer training programs:

SPRING COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM, mid-May through the end of June
This is an opportunity for students to achieve a foundation in the Practical Aesthetics technique outlined in A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Classes include Script Analysis, Performance Technique, Repetition, Voice and/or movement. The classes are open to beginning and professional acting students and to NYU students for credit. The program begins toward the end of May and runs for six-weeks. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 1pm-6pm. The cost of the program is $1,800. Check our admission procedures if you are interested in applying.

SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM, The end of June through the beginning of August
The Atlantic Acting School offers an intensive six-week workshop each summer from July to mid-August in New York City. By the end of the Summer Intensive Program, students have a strong foundation in the Practical Aesthetics technique outlined in A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Through intensive scene study and a variety of specific exercises, students will learn the script analysis process and the moment to moment work covered in the book. Equal emphasis is placed upon the voice, speech, and movement training. Classes are held Monday through Saturday from 9:00am- 6:00pm. Guest Lectures are held every Saturday with visiting professionals. Everyone is required to take all the classes. The tuition for the Summer Intensive Program is $2,500. We are unable to provide housing for the students. Due the intensity of the program and the workload required we advise that students avoid any outside work during the six weeks. The Summer Intensive Program is open to beginning and professional acting students and the NYU students wishing to obtain college credit. An interview is required for admission to the Summer Intensive Program. Space is limited. If you are interested in applying to the program, please see our Admissions procedures.

Students interested in these programs or any others should speak to an appropriate faculty member early during the sophomore year. Additional sources of information include the Office of International Programs and the brochures and other literature which is posted in the second floor hallway of the theater. Obviously, the best source of information on any of these programs are the juniors and seniors who have recently participated in them.


Programs Under Consideration

If any of the programs below interest you, be sure to speak to Lary Opitz. Although they are not listed as officially approved programs by the Office of International Programs, the Theater Department would be able to approve requests concerning these programs.

University of the Arts London. This program enables American students to study full-time for either one or two semesters in a number of British schools. Of particular interest are the programs at Central Saint Martins, one of the very best professional schools for actors, directors and designers, and Wimbledon College of Art, one of London's best schools for theatre design. As with most UK colleges, these schools offer 3 10 week terms. We are currently trying to reconcile this with Skidmore's system.