© Constantin Gindele

1st year

The emphasis of the first year’s training is on the student’s personal and creative exploration

The starting point of the training is a robust investigation into what it means to be a human being, and more particularly, what it means to be oneself; we are all wonderfully unique and therefore will all bring our own idiosyncracies and experiences to the creative and artistic explorations we will undertake as performers. Self awareness and mindful consciousness of who we are will inform the way we each approach the roles we’ll tackle as actors, but this can only be from the starting point of knowing and embracing who we are as individuals.

The emphasis of the first year’s training is on the student’s personal and creative exploration. Through improvisational acting exercises, text work, and physical training, the student’s sensing, thinking, intuiting and feeling in a dramatic context are honed and nurtured. During the year, a number of showings of the work are arranged for the rest of the school.

The 1st year at CISPA is very demanding and the students are challenged to question habitual thinking and encouraged to grow into the most courageous, inventive and liberated version of themselves under the careful and experienced guidance of the teaching staff, and without the pressure of public performances. On a regular basis, each student has the opportunity to discuss their personal and artistic development with the teachers.