An application for a new Grundtvig project was submitted in February 2013 by Guildhall School of Music and Drama, RESAD, the Danish National School of Performing Arts, Accademia dei Filodrammatici, Theatre National de Strasbourg, Instituto Polytécnico, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et Techniques.
Following on from the previous project ‘Arts Professional Training’, which looked at pedagogies and employment opportunities within the creative sphere, ‘Developing Key Competencies Through Theatre Practice’ will focus on identifying and developing practical skill sets for adult learners using theatre training as a basis.
The project will aim to identify a comprehensive set of skills that can be developed through the use of theatre training in order to promote lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners, both teachers and technical staff, in an international environment, to broaden their horizons and bring back to their working centres this experience converted into a better pedagogy and better relationship with students and colleagues.
The project will further aim to stimulate cultural awareness of these skills to the wider community in order to demonstrate the variety of practical skills theatre training can build, and how they can contribute to developing a sense of citizenship in the European context. These skills embedded in the key competencies encourage lifelong learning, the acquisition of which fits in with the principles of equality and access for all.
The project will also aim to enhance the quality of adult learning through the professional development of staff by developing the competencies and career pathways of teachers, trainers and other staff mixed in a multilingual context, focusing to solve the interaction problems this ‘difference’ may present, and reaching a cohesive approach in their working field. Bilateral meetings will facilitate an exchange of experience the “veteran” schools have achieved in the previous Grundtvig partnership with the new partners involved in this project.
So far only four of the eight original partners applying for the Grundvig Learning partnership have been granted. Still all the involved partner schools plan to carry through the planned project activities as outlined in the project schedule below.