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Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Applications for MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making are now OPEN. Scholarships up to 6500 EUR are available!


Applications are now open for the MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) programme at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The application deadline is July 1st, 2024. Scholarships up to 6500 EUR are available! 

From August to September, face-to-face auditions are held in Seoul (South Korea), Melbourne (Australia), Sao Paolo (Brazil), New York (United States), London (UK), and Tallinn (Estonia). We also offer three online auditions in different time zones: Asia (GMT+10), the Americas (GMT-7), and Europe (GMT+1).

CPPM programme is founded on the belief that encounters with inspiring artists and the opportunity to closely and honestly experience their creative process are the primary catalysts for the development of young performance artists. The coursework is delivered through intensive masterclasses by internationally acclaimed directors, choreographers, performers, and troupes from around the globe.

Recent guest artists include Olivier de Sagazan, Hannes Langolf (DV8 Physical Theatre), Eddie Martinez (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), Rob Hayden (Ultima Vez), Guillermo Gomez-Pena(La Pochanostra), Grzegorz Bral(Song of the Goat), Amit Lahav(Gecko), Fran Barbe(WAAPA), Marilena Dara (Jasmin Vardimon Company), Kim Collier (Electric Company Theatre),Young Boy Dancing Group, Immanuel Schipper and Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll), Stacy Makishi, Juan Dominguez, Peader Kirk, Rakesh Sukesh, Esa Kirkkopelto, Sasha Pepelyaev and many others. More than 24 companies worldwide come to Estonia to teach one CPPM cohort through 1-2 week intensive workshops over two years. 

To qualify for the program, candidates should hold an undergraduate degree, ideally in a field related to performing arts such as theatre, acting, dance, choreography, circus, performance art or performance making. Nonetheless, applicants with degrees in other areas may also be eligible if they can present a significant portfolio highlighting their prior artistic practice and experience. While candidates with several years of professional experience in the performing arts are preferred, this is not a mandatory criterion for application.

Established in 2019, CPPM saw its first cohort graduate in the spring of 2021, comprising 12 students from 8 countries. The second cohort, with 14 students from 11 countries, is set to graduate this spring as part of the international contemporary performance festival, CPPM MANIFESTAL’24, running from March 12th to June 16th, featuring 14 new productions totalling over 60 performances.

All information about the course, including entry requirements, can be found on the CPPM website The website offers abundant visual and video material regarding past CPPM projects and activities.

Please share with your colleagues and potentially interested students!


For further information, please contact:

Prof Jüri Nael
CPPM Course Leader




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