Challenges of the Mind

An online conference about new dimensions in Theatre Training

15 – 17 June 2020 from 17:00 to 19:00 Moscow time (UTC + 3)

⇒The conference reader is now available

With the contributions of the speakers, reflections, pictures and analyses.

As part of the VI International Theatre and Education Festival-Forum “Nauruz” of the Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre

An initiative by Dr Jurij Alschitz with concept and moderation by Christine Schmalor

The conference_programme


The speakers to challenge the Mind


The current pandemic is forcing all of us to think in new ways. Digitalization has arrived in theatre academies faster than we ever imagined. Previously designed as an Experts’ Colloquium, this conference has been re-configured for online and now opens the subject up to a much larger global audience.  

The World Theatre Training Institute together with the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in Performing Arts invites colleagues to exchange ideas.

A changing world demands changing minds. Now more than ever, we understand that we are ONE World, that Theatre is ONE which encompasses all cultures, and, therefore, all methods need to be discovered by the next generation with completely different tools. The exchange and development of sustainable propositions for these new forms of teaching consequently becomes an urgent necessity.

The objective

It is the aim of the conference to open perspectives for theatre education and training which go beyond emergency solutions. It is time to accept that a changing reality goes hand in hand with a changing understanding of learning and teaching practice.

Digitality is not a technical question but a cultural competence. Today we are facing the need for substantial changes in education in general. New demands for innovation of content and methodology arise in the educative process. How do we imagine the future of teaching? How does the digital mindset affect the process of acting, stage presence, dramaturgy, and methodological tools for artistic development?

The main challenges of online training are not technical, but rather constitute a complete change in teaching methodology and a new understanding of how knowledge is generated. The actual questions about self-education not only demand solutions for self-preparation in the classical sense, but also open up a new perspective: the student’s competence in self-creation. 

1st Day

New Dimensions in Theatre Training

2nd Day

Strategies, ideas and perspectives for online and hybrid training

3rd Day

Assuming the future is shaping the future.  

The teacher as creator. This is the time for the self-empowerment of teachers to master new challenges. What forms of research, training, and sharing knowledge can be jointly developed?

Conference Team

Initiator: World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI
Artistic director: Dr. Jurij Alschitz
Concept and moderation: Christine Schmalor
Conference Realisation: Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre
Artistic director: Bikchantaev Farid Rafkatovich
Head of Festival: Yakupov Ilfir Ilshatovich
Assistance: Aliya Toporova
Head Organisation: the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in Performing Arts