Physical Theatre & Movement Directing Workshop 
Dramaturgy of Physical Action

August 20 - 26, 2020

If you are a practicing director at the start of your career or feel the need to refresh and refill your directing arsenal, and wish to be in one group with other directors, choreographers, actors and dancers, IUGTE intensives offer a great chance to improve skills, to find new international network opportunities and collaboration. Share and exchange your ideas with colleagues from different parts of the world, gain new helpful tools and professional tips under the competent guidance of IUGTE experts. 

The workshop is open to practicing theatre directors of the Drama Theater, Musical Theater, Physical Theater, Choreographers and Circus Directors, working in various genres, techniques, and styles interested to acquire reliable director's toolkit to create contemporary professional productions. 

The program includes intensive practical training, lectures, and discussion forums under the guidance of the theatre director, choreographer and teacher Sergei Ostrenko

The training is designed as the multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performers from different techniques and countries. Multidisciplinarity and multiculturality are the most important principles of IUGTE programs.


The practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises based on improvisation, space exploration and interacting with partners. Individual, pair and group exercises develop in a particular sequence from simple to more compound. 

According to Ostrenko Method, each set of exercises follows out of the previous and connected with the subsequent one. In this way, directors practically explore the role of the physical training in working with actors, how the systematized psychophysical approach fosters connection and cohesion among the actors, an atmosphere of trust and group dynamics. 

Ostrenko will also introduce you to 
  • the method of rehearsal - "from exercises to building up a scene";
  • the method of analysis of the play; 
  • the method of working on the text with actor and dancers;
  • the approach of working with actors on movement, and working with dancers on text, which helps each performer to make their performances more alive. 
The workshop is highly recommended to directors interested in learning about ensemble building, directing, structuring the rehearsal process, to clarify and hone what they already know and to get exposed to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, to network with practitioners from different countries and establish future creative partnerships with like-minded people. 

All students enrolling in this intensive One-Week Workshop should be aware that this is an introductory course. The limitations of a one-week course should be apparent, given that many people spend years studying and perfecting the craft.

The workshop working language is English


Students can receive the Certificate of Participation in this intensive program upon submitting the detailed creative report/essay (1500 words) after participation in this intensive workshop. Evidence that you are serious about your education and professional development.  


To apply for participation, please fill in the online Application Form
If you have questions about this program, please contact

  Early Bird Registration
until 7 August 2020
 Regular fee

Participation fee 

 700 EUR 950 EUR
The fee covers participation in all events of the program: practical training, lectures and discussions.
Please, note, that group is formed on the competitive basis.

The organizers reserve the right to make changes and add-ins in the schedule.

August 20:
From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
16:00-17:00 - Short tour around Trebnitz Castle.
17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

August 21, 22, 23, 24:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
9:30-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
15:00-18:00 - Practical training.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.

August 25:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
9:30-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
15:00-18:00 - Practical training.
19:00 - Final buffet dinner & party. 

August 26: 
7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out and departure.

The workshop will be held in the Trebnitz Castle Education and Exchange Centre - an educational institution with a multidisciplinary profile focusing on international exchange projects. It is a beautiful 13th-century castle among charming natural trails near Berlin in Brandenburg state, Germany. 

Everything is organized on the same territory: creative space and full board accommodation, so participants can concentrate on creation and communication without any distractions of the routine necessities

The nearest international airports are 
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) and
Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)

IUGTE Staff will be glad to help you in planning your travel itinerary, information on accommodation options and practical details.

With this program, students are introduced to 18-month Theatre Directing Diploma Program at NIPAI.


"I learnt how to give clear and brief instructions to actors through the process I was given instructions. Compared with knowledge learnt through words, what I could learn through body was wisdom, which might last longer with a greater effect. As a director, I realized that getting actors involved and experienced somatically was much more effective than intellectual discussions".
Siu Hei Chung, Hong Kong

"I would definitely use this work with actors, in both developing an ensemble energy, trust and dynamic and also ongoing throughout rehearsals to develop sense awareness and physical presence".
Michelle Miall, Austrialia

"You changed my entire approach to acting and directing that my students and I will treasure forever.
It's wonderful to see that you continue to spread your technique to theatre artists from around the world."
Lorna Strand (USA)

"The opportunity to share and debate topics ranging from various aspects on performance, directing and theatre work was a stimulating end to the day’s activities and an informative forum on performance theory and practice in Greece, Portugal, China, Ireland, Singapore, etc."
Steve Shade, USA

"I would definitely take part in another International Directing Laboratory or recommend it further to other performing artists. I was a great opportunity to learn new skills, refuel sources of inspiration and energy and make great contacts with theatre professionals from all over the world. I hope these contacts will last and be a platform for future collaborations". 
Kathrin Bigler, UK

"I greatly miss everyone I met and worked with in the workshop and I truly hope that I can work with all of them again one day. I ended the workshop on a positive note, knowing that I have grown and developed in my acting skills - with knowledge that I can also impart to my very own young speech and drama students in Singapore".
Jamie Shawn Tan, Singapore

"I loved the international aspect of the group, connecting with people from different cultures and the cross-disciplines of actors, directors and choreographers. I enjoyed the social outings to dinner and the laughs, fun and conversations we shared. It was stimulating to discover how other people made theatre work in their country and what challenges they faced, both personally and professionally."
Audrey Jenkinson, UK

"Throughout my long career in theatre I have had the chance to study with a great number of instructors, unfortunately an excessively great number of them were a waist of my time, where I had to force myself to find what was it exactly the thing I was learning. I am so grateful that you made this few days of training so creatively rich. There was so much substance to work with and develop, that the time seemed to be always too little".
Daniel Dewald, Finland

"The methods and techniques that I experienced were varied and I could relate to them from my own practice but these were of a deeper level and intensity in terms of action and energy. The style of taking a participant, be it a director or an actor was of equality and an openness to ‘play’ it was this sense of safety and clarity that enabled the theatre moments to spark off one another. 
I am committed to the development of my directing craft within an international context and becoming pat of the IUGTE theatre family has made my vision clearer of creating new work by giving way to more questions about identity, action and story. I hope to continue my journey with IUGTE and to continue to deepen the excellence of my directing".
Nazli Tabatabai, UK

"This was an eye-opening experience, and I feel that I’ve learnt so much in a week."
Youngsuck Kim, USA

"As I look back on the workshop
I realise I’ve taken the first steps in my journey to develop a coherent way of working, and of thinking like a director. I’ve been shown the key to form, style, atmosphere and the emotional palette in contemporary performance. I know now the job of a director is to hold the attention of the spectator ‘always’, and to think about what makes the spectator respond ‘constantly’" 
Donna Maria Banicevich Gera, New Zealand

"...What struck me at the workshop was not so much the difference between the participants’ styles and personas but the common language of theater that we were able to so
quickly develop, without loosing any of our individuality or connection to our backgrounds. Thanks to all at IUGTE!"
Teddy Crecelius, USA-Thailand