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Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts (CISPA) offers a professional 3 Year Acting Course within Contemporary Method Acting.

CISPA is a truly international drama school with teachers and students from all over the world.

The CISPA training confidently prepares students for an international acting career within all performative media (theatre, film, TV, internet, radio), and furthermore enables them to entrepreneur cross-disciplinary projects at the highest standard.

The aim of the performer’s training is an international career

The new generation of actors should aim to orientate their career internationally. The international recognition of Scandinavian actors is something we are all delighted to see more and more of, and we are excited to be at the cutting edge of enabling young Scandinavian actors to be among those who are able to work internationally and at the highest standard.

Aiming for a career profile that could encompass Hollywood, Broadway, Westend, Sundance, Montreal, Berlin, Avignon, HBO, NBC, BBC etc. is the natural consequence of the global mobility we all now enjoy. But in order to be able to meet the high and varied demands posed on the international scene, the performer must have both a qualifying artistic training and experience with entrepreneurship over his or her own projects.

Not only has the rest of the world discovered Denmark. Denmark has also discovered the rest of the world. More and more Danish film directors produce English language films. Lars von Trier, Susanne Bier and Nicolas Winding Refn have done it for a long time.

The latest exciting initiative of this nature is Creative Alliance, which consists of some of the foremost film directors in Denmark, among others Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt), Lone Scherfig (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, An Education), Ole Christian Madsen (Prague, Superclásico) and Per Fly (Manslaughter, The Woman That Dreamed About a Man). They work from a ”Principle of Internationality”. They want to produce English language films locally, but finance and market them globally.

As a consequence of this development, there’ll be an increasing demand for not only excellent actors, but excellent actors that can effortlessly perform in English and that are professionally  and personally accomplished to partake in international productions.

CISPA trains exactly these kind of performers

All classes in English

All classes at CISPA are in English. However, you’ll get the opportunity to work in your mother tongue at different stages during your training.

International profile – international teachers

As well as a core group of CPH based teachers (Danish and international), we have the commitment of an impressive network of experienced teachers from USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Canada.

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Students from all over Europe

About 30 students are currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of training at CISPA They come from various European countries: e.g. Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Austria. We consider it an essential part of the artistic endeavor that students and teachers with different national, cultural and social backgrounds inspire and challenge each other in a mutual striving for artistic excellence and originality.

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All teachers are supporting the contemporary method acting

At CISPA we take pride in our collaboration with these national and international guest teachers and directors with various methodological approaches, who all contribute to the theorectical and practical development of Contemporary Method Acting.  We engage teachers and directors, who, like us, are solidly rooted in the methodological tradition, but who’re interested in contributing to further research and mutual exchange for the benefit of both teachers and students.

METHOD RESEARCH

We’re dedicated to bringing in internationally acclaimed directors for graduation productions. In addition, we make use of an extensive international network to identify the most exciting up-and-coming directors (in Denmark and abroad) within all performative media.

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