Bachelor’s degree in DAMS curriculum “Acting and stage professions”

University of Palermo / Biondo Theater of Palermo

Bachelor’s degree program in “Disciplines of the arts, music and performing arts.” “Acting and stage professions” curriculum

Italy’s first university course dedicated to acting, directing and dramaturgy is born in Palermo. By a joint initiative of the University of Palermo and Teatro Biondo, with the collaboration of the Andrea Biondo Foundation, the new curriculum “Acting and Professions of the Scene” kicks off in October 2020, intended to train a select group of actors, directors and playwrights, who will be provided with a top-level academic preparation according to the ministerial requirements of the Dams degree class, along with professional training on the work of the actor, director, playwright, involving some of the most significant figures on the national and international theater scene.

After three years dedicated together to university study, according to the most up-to-date research methodologies, to acting and theater practice, and to the attendance of the main languages of Mediterranean culture, the young graduates will conclude their journey with a performance produced by Teatro Biondo. We aim in this way to train a new generation of performing arts professionals capable of competing at the highest level in the scenes of our time.

There are 15 places available for student actors, 5 places for student directors and 5 places for student playwrights. Candidates admitted to the course will attend theory classes at the Palermo university and practical classes at the Biondo Theater’s workshops and spaces.

At the end of the three-year training period, once students have passed the examinations stipulated in the course of study, they will be awarded the Biondo Theatre School’s undergraduate degree and diploma.

The Andrea Biondo Foundation participates in the agreement between Unipa and Teatro Biondo through the payment of fees for the School of Drama for students enrolled at the University.

The curriculum includes, among others, theoretical teachings of “History of Theater and Performance,” “History of Directing and Acting,” “History of Cinema,” “History of Dance,” “Musical Dramaturgy and Opera Directing,” “Aesthetics and Theory of Languages,” “Performance Organization,” and the study of foreign languages, while classes in Acting, Writing, Phonetics, Diction, Dance, and Singing will be taught at the Biondo Theater, among others. Workshops and classes with nationally and internationally renowned artists are also planned, including Eugenio Barba, Irina Brook, Tanztheater Wuppertal dancers Pina Bausch, Pamela Villoresi, Fabrizio Falco, Galatea Ranzi, among others.

At the end of the three-year period, the graduation “thesis” will consist of the production of a real play, from writing to directing, from making sets and costumes to acting.



Methods of enrollment in the Bachelor of Arts in “Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performing Arts” curriculum “Acting and Professions of the Stage”

Pursuant to the Agreement between the University of Palermo and Teatro Biondo, the selection is launched for the participation of 25 students (articulated as 15 actors, 5 directors and 5 playwrights) in the Curriculum “Acting and Professions of the Scene.”

Applicants who have enrolled between August and September at the University of Palermo (Bachelor of Arts in “Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performing Arts” curriculum “Acting and Professions of the Stage”), should email their application for admission to the School of Theatre to the PEC of the Department of Humanities:, indicating “DAMS – acting curriculum” in the subject line.

Along with the biographical data, the application must include the file number of the matriculation application to UNIPA (found in the “My Files” menu on the personal page of the student portal).

The selection of students who will have access to the Curriculum will take place in the first week of October 2020 (Oct. 5-9) by the Curriculum Scientific Committee, which will evaluate the materials submitted by students who have applied to participate in the Curriculum.

On the basis of the complete applications received, candidates will be deemed eligible in the Committee’s unchallengeable judgment if they present the necessary characteristics so that their aptitudes can, in the three-year course of study, develop a professionalism corresponding to the three roles in the call for applications.

To participate in the selection you must send:

for student ACTORS: educational and, if applicable, professional resume; two photos (close-up and one medium field); a video no longer than 3 minutes playing a monologue or dialogue with another actress/actor; a short text explaining the motivations and expectations related to the application;

for student DIRECTORS: scholastic and possibly professional resume; a video of a maximum length of 3 minutes related to the performance of a work they directed and/or a written directing project (maximum length one folder); a short text explaining the motivations and expectations related to the application;

for DRAMATURES students: scholastic and, if applicable, professional curriculum vitae; a three-page script of one’s own and, if applicable, a video of the performance of one’s own play or screenplay; and a short text explaining the motivations and expectations related to the application.

It is recommended that videos be submitted via links or files with no expiration date and no password.

For information:

tel. 091 7738225


Department: Humanities

A.Y. 2020/2021


Course of Study Goals.

Specific objectives:

The CdS in Disciplines of the Arts, Music and Performing Arts aims to provide a basic and interdisciplinary cultural preparation in which theory, history, and analysis of visual, musical and performing art forms in the classical and contemporary worlds are integrated with knowledge of computer science and principles, methods and techniques for planning and representation in drawing, architecture and design.

The goal of the Cds is to equip graduates with disciplinary knowledge about the arts, the specific characteristics of media for the production of artistic languages and the modification of the way of thinking and making art, supplemented with interdisciplinary knowledge that makes it professionalizing and directed toward know-how.

The CdS is divided into four curricula, dedicated to the Arts, Music, Performing Arts, and Acting and Professions of the Stage. The latter curriculum is run in agreement with Teatro Biondo, Stabile di Palermo, and involves a very significant use of Internships and specific theoretical/practical Workshops.

The choice of curriculum-specific teachings allows for specialization in basic and cross-curricular culture and skills. Theories and history of the arts center on the mechanisms of generating narratives, images, and sounds in both the classical and contemporary worlds.

The teachings of computer science, drawing and architecture-present in the three Art/Music/Spectacle Curricula-are aimed at providing skills and tools to understand and apply basic technological resources to represent, manage and process knowledge (digitization, visualization and data base, networks and communication devices), to choose and optimize the use of applications because of the characteristics, meaning and cultural value of artistic artifacts, musical compositions and drawing practice. Computer science teachings will be concerned with providing principles and operational skills for drawing software, music production, musical and theatrical performance tools, so as to facilitate the mediation between technological knowledge and the world of the arts, adapting them or devising their possible development according to specific expressive needs. In this sense, the teachings related to architectural drawing will provide an important opportunity to mediate scientific knowledge and skills with knowledge and skills related to the art world. The educational goal of the course is to equip graduates with a theoretical and historical background and cross-curricular skills in analyzing and solving problems concerning the application and development of technologies that are fundamental to each artistic direction. The laboratory mode of the computer science and drawing courses, combined with the presence of training and internship activities, aims to consolidate the acquisition of knowledge and skills useful both to continue studies in the relevant Master’s Cds and to be enhanced as human capital in the labor market in accordance with the potential of the territories.


University curriculum

Biondo Theater curriculum


Director Pamela Villoresi

Coordinator Ornella Vannetti

Course tutors Fabrizio Falco and Davide Cirri

FIRST SEMESTER October 2020-January 2021

Fabrizio Falco and Davide Cirri ACTOR INTERPRETATION first step.


Monday, October 12-19-26 hours 10/13-15/18

Tuesday, Oct. 13-20-27 hours 10/14, from 3 p.m. onward attendance at MISANTROPO rehearsal

Wednesday, Oct. 14 -21-28 hours 1/15 from 4 p.m. onwards attendance at rehearsal

Thursday, October 15-22-29 time 1/15 two hours lecture

Friday, Oct. 16-23-30 time 1/15 two hours lecture, from 4 p.m. onward attendance at rehearsal

During this work period, a dress rehearsal of the production VIVA LA VIDA with Pamela Villoresi is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, FOR WHICH THE PRESENCE AT THE MISANTROPO REHEARSAL IS REPLACED WITH THAT AT THE VIVA LA VIDA REHEARSAL.

A minimum of 2 hours of rehearsal attendance is expected each time, which attendance can be increased at the discretion of the students


Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 hours 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm conclusion of first semester INTERPRETATION classes. Observations and projects

Masters of the Wuppertal School DANCE AS EXPRESSION first step


Monday 2 to Friday 6 and Monday 9 to Friday 13 hours 4-6 p.m.


NOVEMBER 23/27, 2020

Monday 23 hours 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday 24 hours 10/13 and 14/18

Thursday 26 hours 3pm-7pm

Friday 27 hours 2pm-6pm



Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1 hours 10/13-15/18

Wednesday, December 2 hours 1/15 and 4/6 p.m.

Thursday, December 3, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, December 4, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.



Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15 hours 10am-1pm-3pm-6pm

Wednesday, December 16 hours 1/15 and 4/6 p.m.

Thursday, December 17, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, December 18, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lecturer to be determined DICTION


Monday 2/Tuesday 3/Monday 9/Tuesday 10 hours 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Thursday 7/Friday 8 hours 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday 13/Thursday 14 hours 4:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

Meetings are also planned with IRINA BROOK, GALATEA RANZI, EMILIANO PELLISSARI, MARIA PAIATO (calculated to be 2 to 3 hours each)

TOTAL first semester

Class hours 166 – stage internship 30 hours – meetings with artists 10 hours

SECOND SEMESTER February/March/April/May/June 2021

NB the exact dates and times of the second semester will be announced by the end of November

– Fabrizio Falco and Davide Cirri INTERPRETATION OF THE ACTOR second part with workshop and final staging

– Masters of the Wuppertal School DANCE AS EXPRESSION part two




– Eugene Beard and J.Varley

And also MEETINGS with


More meetings and internships are in the pipeline

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