Study Tours

The Department of Theatre sustains and supports three study tours. Participation is open to all Ohio State students regardless of major.

International Study Tours

Cuba Theatre Program

The Performance and Culture in Cuba study abroad program provides students with a background to Cuban culture and the performing and visual arts. It offers an historical overview and addresses rapidly changing relations currently at play between Cuba and the United States. Guest lectures offer insights from many perspectives about artistic activities and the ways in which the arts are central to life in Cuba.

The study tour is intended for the culturally curious and the adventuresome student. Experiences will highlight the integral nature of the creative artistic community in Havana. The tour enables our group to interact with working artists, directors, designers, choreographers, performers and filmmakers who shape and reflect the complex nature of Cuban life.

More information is available from the Office of International Affairs.  

London Theatre Program

Every other summer, Associate Professors Kristine Kearney and Jennifer Schlueter take a group of students from Ohio State to London for a four-week immersive program in British Theatre. Emphasis is placed on the dynamic theatre scene in London and the multicultural dimension of theatre practice in Britain today. Students attend a play almost every day of the program in a wide variety of styles and in a wide variety of venues. These venues include the Royal National Theatre, the Almeida, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Tricycle Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe, among many others. In addition, a side trip will be made to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Students on the program will also collaborate on a staged reading of a pre-selected student play, produced in a London fringe venue.

Students enrolled in the program are required to take a preparatory course in May, as well as an in-country course taught by Kearney and Schlueter, in conjunction with a range of special guest artists (in the past these guests have included Gavin Creel, Matt Wolf, and Samuel West). In London, mornings are devoted to class meetings; afternoons are held open for independent exploration and rehearsals; evenings are booked for theatre attendance.

More information is available from the Office of International Affairs.  

Prague Theatre Program

Every other summer, Professor Joe Brandesky takes a group of students from Ohio State to the Czech Republic for nine days to study the national’s continuing significance in central Europe and world culture. In Prague, students will visit DAMU (the Theatre Academy), take guided tours of the National and Vinohrady Theatres, and the Theatre of the Estates, as well as the Castle district, Old Town, Josefov, and other points of interest. A day trip to Cesky Krumlov will acquaint students with one of the best preserved baroque theatres in the world.

Students enrolled in the program are required to take a preparatory Spring semester course, as well as an in-country course, taught by Brandesky, in conjunction with a range of special guest artists (in the past, this has included scenographers Jaroslav Malina, Marketa Fantova, and Jan Stepanek). Every fourth year, the Prague Theatre Program will run simultaneously with the Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest event in the field of scenography.

More information is available from the Office of International Affairs.

Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships

Undergraduate

Graduate 

Domestic Study Tours

Humana Festival College Days

Every March, Associate Professor Jennifer Schlueter takes a group of students from Ohio State to attend College Days at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY).

College Days is a three-day immersion into the world-renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays. College students and faculty are invited to explore the Festival and connect with Actors Theatre of Louisville staff, apprentices, interns, and guest artists. Students can also interview and audition for ATL’s intern and apprentice companies. Several Ohio State students have landed these prestigious internships and apprenticeships in the past.

Students who wish to participate should contact Jen directly. All participating students will be required to enroll in one credit of 5798.01 (undergrads) or 8798.01 (grads) as part of a preparatory course for the Festival.

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